There were two night events that I was interested in photographing this past Saturday. One was the Electric Run – a private event where they go to different cities charge people to run at night with pretty lights and such. I obviously wasn’t going to run in a day that was 106 degrees and evening that close to the 90’s, but I had emailed them to see whether I could get a media pass to photograph them. I told them that I have this blog which somehow is actually getting a steady visitor list which would promote the event along with my personal facebook, flickr, and other places and I would do all that in exchange to have access. I sent that email last year and a polite fellow answered and told me to check back when it was closer to the event in town. I wrote them a few weeks ago and this time got no response. I hope they enjoy the blurry cell phone pictures I saw other people who were at the event posted.
The other event was the annual Pride Houston Parade. This event was held on the weekend following the historic Supreme Court decision to end DOMA so it was great that I got to capture some of the energy of the event. The parade started at 8 pm and like my last event, I had to deal with the light diminishing rapidly. As usual with my pictures, it starts with the prep work and then builds up.
Artistically, my favorite picture. I was tracking her motion with my camera and at 1/160th shutter speed, it created just enough motion blur in the background while keeping her in focus. I used the flash to bounce on the tree leaves behind me for just a bit of subtle fill light. Yes, it was dark enough for the flash to show up while bounced from a freaking tree!
Show was over but I saw this distinguished gentleman on the way back to my car: