Devotchka @ Terminal 5 - 20.05.2008

Outside Terminal 5, steam is rising off of rain soaked manhole covers. Despite the unseasonably poor weather, several thousand concert goers have made the trek to Eleventh Avenue for the warm and inviting sound of the the gypsy punk quartet DeVotchKa.

The band is currently touring in support of their March 18th release, A Mad & Faithful Telling.

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For the third time this year I had the pleasure of shooting a show with my brother Todd Owyoung. Though he hasn’t had the chance to post his shots yet, I’m interested in seeing the goods. Despite sharing parents and often shooting from similar spots in the pit, we usually end up with fairly different stuff.

I also had the pleasure of shooting with Ryan Muir and Brian Kremkau. The last time the three of us were together, we shot She & Him at Webster Hall together. I’m continually in awe of how three different people, in some cases, inches apart, can have such different takes on the same situation. It’s awesome.

Ryan grabbed this fun shot of Todd and me in the pit. I’m just glad I don’t look like too much of an ass.


The lighting for this set was fairly difficult for the first two songs and opened up some during the third. Blue backgrounds with a lesser amount of warm front light predominated. Strong magenta underlights were used towards the middle of the third song.


I shot with the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 on the Canon EOS-1D Mark III. While the Canon 50mm f/1.4 made an appearance when the light levels dropped, the lighting was just strong enough to keep me shooting with zooms.


At its best, my exposure was around ISO 3200 and 1/160 at f/2.8. When the underlights were used during song three, I spun the dials down to ISO800 at 1/160 and f/4.5.

End Notes

There’s a lot to be said for being polite. As far as I’m concerned every photographer in the pit should do the following to the best of their ability:

1) Occupy as little space as possible being sure to leave an isle behind for others to move around. If you need to take up more space, do so momentarily and be aware of your surroundings.

2) Don’t leave gear in the middle of the pit, it’s dangerous for other photographers and its dangerous for you gear.

3) Practice the courtesy tap when you need to get by or get in for a shot.

  1. Like I said on Prefix, great photos! It’s interesting to see each photographer’s perspective of the show. As far as the photo pit being a bit crowded. I know my bag was in the way a few times but I apologize for that. I need it to grab other lenses, I don’t feel safe leaving it somewhere.

    But yeah who was that one photographer who left his lens right on the ground?! I almost stepped on them a few times. Plus he (or someone else?) was in the same spot the entire time, sticking his leg out. Talk about disrespectful, I don’t care if he was with the band or whatever. Ok end rant haha.

  2. chris

    Hi Bryan,

    Your bag wasn’t in the way as I remember. The note wasn’t directed at any one person in particular and certainly not you.

    When we shot this gig, there were two times when Ryan gave me the courtesy tap and I had to pass it on to the person in front of me because they were blocking the entire lane.

    This in contrast to when I shot Road Recovery at Nokia where there were almost 20 people in the pit and everyone stayed out of each other’s way.

  3. Yeah I know it wasn’t directed at me per say, I was just saying sorry anyway if it was haha.

    I like your shot of Nick with the white light in his face, playing the guitar. I was trying to get decent shot of that and never did.