The ability of the Discovery Green staff to bring wonderful performance arts to Houstonians for free is nothing short of amazing. Whether it’s Strange Fruit or Bruce Munro’s FIELD OF LIGHT, the talent that comes to this park does not disappoint. Because of that, when I first heard about Maravilloso!, I marked it on my calendar and added several reminders.
Photography-wise, the performance by Chanson d’eau has everything I look for – it starts at sunset, it is colorful, it has motion, and gives me a chance to try to capture it all while following the golden rule of photography and not being rude to any of my fellow audience members.
I got there early and scouted the best spot for the photography.
As you can see, the view of Minute Maid Park is gone and we have yet another building under construction. For anybody there to just enjoy the show, this is actually a nice spot as the show is directed at you. For me, I thought the other side would be better.
This would give me a chance to get George R Brown, the Hilton, and the crowd in the picture.
As far as stage entrances go, this has to be one of the coolest ones!
I am often conflicted about how to capture shows like this. On one hand, I can use my f/2.8 (or f/1.8 lens), crank up the ISO and have a fast enough shutter speed to attempt to stop the motion like these pics:
The other performance showcased at Maravilloso! is “Drench” by Karen Stokes Dance Co. I wish I could have taken more pictures of them, but they were on the other side of the park and I didn’t want to push people out of the way. I got this one by going over them (tripod can be handy even if I’m the one holding it)
Following that, it was back to Chanson d’eau. By now, it was the final stage of twilight and the light was almost gone so there really wasn’t much choice to bump up the ISO and use a slower shutter speed. This would be impossible for me without the tripod.
This show was on Friday 6-5-2015, and there is another show tonight (6-6-2015) I highly recommend it.