One of the reasons why I love photographing local events is that in addition to capturing interesting people and performances, I also take a snapshot of the city itself in the background.
Case in point, this weekend the amazing performers from Australia’s Strange Fruit (no, not from the morbid song…they’re from Australia, it’s just a silly name) were at Houston’s Discovery Green Park in the heart of downtown. I had the pleasure of watching them back in 2009 and had some cool pictures:
Notice the building in the first picture? Now look at the pictures from this weekend’s performance:
The building is all done now!
For the above night shot, I did a long exposure on a moving subject on purpose to try to convey motion. In the other night shots, I used a faster shutter speed and bumped up the ISO to try to freeze the motion (though realistically 1/160 is not fast enough).
For the night shots, I changed my location. It wasn’t because the lighting would be better (which it was) nor because the angle was better for the action (which it was). I moved because an inconsiderate man decided to stand right in the front row with people sitting behind him. If that wasn’t bad enough, he had his kid on his shoulders too blocking the view. It worked out better for me at the end so I should thank him, but I won’t.