Things are just more possible in Mexico, as opposed to the United States. At least the sort of things I wish to set out to do with this February visit; namely photo shoots with subjects and themes out of the norm. Take for instance a night club photo shoot. The fact that I had recently met my photo subject the day prior was a bonus.
Daniel LeClaire bills his Act 2 Puerto Vallarta performance as, “Hello, My Name is Elder Smith." LeClaire was Elder Smith in the Broadway hit musical “Book of Mormon,” hence the reference. He sings, he plays piano, he dances, he has shoes thrown at him. A smaller club, this venue offered all the routine challenges that come with working in a low-light environment. For one, the necessity to shoot with a slower shutter speed in order to avoid as much noise as possible, even with high sensitivity. I opted for telephoto range (28-300mm) in lieu of my faster 50mm prime (the 28 -300mm lens is 3.5/5.6 and it definitely shows noise in this shoot).
Handheld capture, with the need to drop to as low as 1/ 200 second and exposure compensation all the way to +5, yielded a bit less sharpness also.
I am in Mexico to experiment and shoot new subject matter, so this was a solid way to gain an entrée to gels, low-lighting and capture of a live performance.
Learning Points For Live Performance Photography