Steve's Burning Man Images - 2009 - Friday Night Variety Show - Center Camp

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The Friday Night Variety show was a challenge to photograph due to the low light, large crowds at times, distance to the performers, etc. Back in Portland, I had been attempting to improve my equipment and skills for this kind of situation, but I think I still have a long way to go. I used a 50mm f/1.4 lens for all of these images. For most of them, the f-stop was 2.8 and the ISO between 1600 and 3200. I think I should have pushed the f-stop even lower (wider aperture). Many of the images are highly cropped, due to distance to the performers. There is quite a lot of blur and noise in the higher resolution shots, especially if I did not use flash. The images are also highly post-processed, sometimes adding vignetting to try to suggest more interesting lighting. So, today (9/19/09), as I'm working on this webpage, I have obtained a 135mm f/2 L lens for use in the near future at some events...and maybe on the playa, for events in 2010. OK, here goes, I'm going to try to include at least one photo from each act:

That Damned Bucket Band

A dusty pillow fight broke out... I retreated a few rows back, in a vain attempt to keep my gear as clean as possible.

Right: Tango aerial duet

Left: Matthew Brouillard

Right: Hannah Griffith

Black Rock City Ballet

Left: Black Rock City Ballet

Right: Phat Mandee

March Fourth Marching Band - winners of the highly coveted $teven Ra$pa Trophy

March Fourth

Left: March Fourth

Right: Titanium Sporkestra

Left: Environmental Encroachment

Right: Orkestar Zirkonium

Gamelen X

Left: Gamelen X

Right: $teven Ra$pa

The Burning Band

Castaneda Dancers

Left: Castaneda Dancers

Right: Dizzy Hips

Dry Eye Crew

Cosmic Sages

Left: Cosmic Sages

Right: unidentified (but good)

Left: Cosmic Sages

Right: Dixon

Morph's Saru - they earn bonus points for dubbing in NASA astronaut communications into their music. And, they told us that Morph's dad (Morph being the electronic guru) was an astronaut!

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