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(Camera held aloft.........hoping for best)
It was taken at a music festival (Live at Bingley 2008) and was captured during a set from Echo and the Bunnymen. Capturing live bands is a real passion of mine. However, usually the locations are a lot smaller - enabling me to get up close to the action (even sometimes on stage, depending on my levels of cheek).
But on this occasion, the event was on a greater scale than I'm accustomed to. It was a real struggle to even get close to the action. Conseqently, I settled on being amidst the masses of people around 20 deep from the front. Moreover, not possessing any monster zoom lenses - I decided to try and capture the moment from where I was. But being amongst the crowds was proving problematic in terms of any clear shots of the stage. Rather than fighting against this situation, I wanted the hustle and bustle to become part of the composition of my shot. My method was getting a rough exposure setting - and then using on-camera flash to highlight any foreground action. What's more, I held my camera above my head - simply pressing the shutter when any action was occuring. Many shots were taken in this fashion, but the Showtime image was by far the best of the bunch.
Also by Paulo Reece
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