There may come at time in your travels where you wish to capture a lively performance of some cultural event taking place on a stage. Stage lighting can be tricky and in many instances the use of your camera flash is forbidden. To catch this photo of a very active singer, performing on an outdoor stage at night, I had to use a few tricks other than a tripod and manual focus.
I used Selective Focus and moved the focus point to the level of her eyes. While she moved around the stage, I panned the camera, concentrating on her left eye. At the same time, I listened to the music (foreign, to me) and observed her movements, watching for a pattern. I had my camera set at f/6.3 1/200sec. ISO 800, not wanting to use a higher ISO setting to keep noise to a minimum. 200ths of a second is not a fast shutter speed, when you’re trying to freeze the action of a fast moving dancer. But, by paying attention to the music and her motions, I was able to snap the shot when her eye was just where I wanted it and her left hand was at the peak of its movement. So, when you travel afar with your camera, remember, besides sampling the local spirits and cuisine; get some rhythm in your photography. Happy shooting!
A wildlife photographer living in Okinawa, Japan, Mike has been featured in Matador Abroad and is published in Apogee Photo Magazine, Boots N all, The Nihon Sun and Photo Guide Japan. He has recently joined the ranks of travel writers, capturing Nature, Festivals, Castles and Cultural shots of the Ryukyu Islands to share with the world.