Three lanky British lads doing what boys used to do after school--eat a bag of fish and chips, check to see how many pence are in pocket and lob rocks into the ocean.
Where were you April 16, 2016?
I recall galavanting about on the southern end of the United Kingdom. It was a day in the 40s, rainy and full of gusty moments. The afternoon served up a span of hail showers--sending most local Brighton Beach folk running for shelter.
Boys Being Boys Hanging shoreline, with the boardwalk as backdrop, are three lanky British school boys doing what boys used to do after school.
One is finishing a bag of fish and chips, the second appears to be surveying the contents of what he found within a pocket. The third takes up the celebrated pastime of moving rocks and pebbles from one place to the other.
Despite a necessary reboot from time to time, life at the Vallarta CoWork space is hecka more enjoyable than most other co-working spaces.
Getting an amateur model to sit still for a frame up can be a challenge to a photographer—especially if the model is a passionate coder or programmer. Ok, scratch that—seldom is a fast shutter required to nail the motion of a startup founder at work on his or her computer.
In fact, if you observe that techie worker for an extended period of time, you’ll notice there’s not much movement at all.
He sings, he plays piano, he dances, he has shoes thrown at him. This smaller club 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 (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).
Via 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.
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.
Daniel LeClaire in “Hello, My Name is Elder Smith." A performance in Puerto Vallarta at Act 2.
Learning Points For Live Performance Photography
·Precision in achieving a fine and defined point of focus is that much more essential in low-light photography
·Stage lighting yields strong light and dark contrast to the contours of faces, so take a few moments to observe resulting looks
·Rose, blue, green, oranges—judge the tone of the subject, particularly white features like teeth and schlera of eyes, when each color rotates over the subject
·Visual clutter—sometimes having stage equipment in the frame works, sometimes it is a distraction
· Assess how gelled lights alter the look of hair; some patches of hair get lost in the highlights
·White fabrics take on unnatural tones and patchy loss of detail
Looking southwest in the direction of Los Arcos rock formation. Pops of peach and pink are starting to reveal in this Mexican sunset.
Atop La Cruz hill is the lookout tower for Puerto Vallarta, Cerro de La Cruz.
Photographer or not, who can resist a magnificent sunset over open water and viewed from a high vantage point? This is a Puerto Vallarta view of the Pacific Ocean in February.
I’ve seen rain nearly every day, so it was a delight to be perched atop the 1954 residence Chez Elena at sunset hour. Located at the very edge of Gringo Gulch, during the 1960s and into the 70s, this private residence hosted La Liz, Richard Burton and others from the glam set who helped turn a small fishing town into the place to be.
Sunsetting The expanse of time spent looking west from Chez Elena rooftop was roughly thirty-minutes.
Describing the changing sky, first texture in the clouds started to form. The sun then began to carve out ripples in the water. Additional regions in the sky gained further separation.
Once the bright blaze of sun-on-water had faded, peach and rose began to ease over the mountain tops. Once the sun hit the horizon, the highest contrast and most variety of colors were seen.