Rideau, St-Florentin, April 2014.
There’s one reason I always carry a camera with me, I strongly believe there’s a picture to be taken even during the most mundane events. Like this almost-end-of-the-year show of the primary school my niece goes to. I was on a family week end, I had only taken my M9 and a 50mm lux, for the mandatory family snaps.
I knew I wouldn’t shoot very good pictures of my niece’s performance because, from the audience seats I wouldn’t be allowed to leave during the show, that would require a zoom, not a 50mm. But when I saw that red curtain, I had the intuition there was something to be done with the nice shadows cast by the lights… or the kids regularly playing with the curtain between the differents sets.
Technically, this was easy thanks to the available light, with iso 640, I could shoot at 1/125 - enough to freeze the action - and f2.4, so I was sure not to miss the focus on a moving subject. For once, I cropped a bit on the right and on the bottom of the frame, there was too much clipped black for me.
There’s a saying in street-photo, “don’t shoot the event”. In this case it happenend to be a good piece of advice.