In Performance: 2011 Montreal Burlesque Festival

Scarlett James at the 2011 Montreal Burlesque Festival
Scarlett James wets our whistle at the 2011 Montreal Burlesque Festival

I’ve been concentrating on portrait photography since May of this year, and an extension of portrait photography is shooting performance. It’s similar: shoot a person in “character” with specific lighting that helps create a particular mood. It’s also opposite of what I’ve been doing because everything you’ve got in studio, ie. control over the lighting, ability to direct the person you’re photographing, even ability to move freely… it all goes out the window when you’re shooting someone on stage. For all those reasons, the shoot is often more challenging in terms of getting a good shot. On the plus side you’ve got a performer giving it their all with busloads of energy. I’ve posted a gallery of images from the 2011 Montreal Burlesque Festival, for which Hangman 7 was provided access to shoot by organizer/performer Scarlett James. I’ve got a lot to learn maximizing ISO while minimizing blur, but I’m reasonably pleased with my images, in particular the one at the top of this post, which is a tad outrageous, and which I just love.

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