Burnin’ LaFarge

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Pokey LaFarge was the headliner at Burnin’ Love. The band is a fantastic ragtime ensemble with a well-practiced old-timey shtick. Getting a decent photo of the group proved to be a challenge. Everyone in the group was reasonably lit for a tripod photo except for Pokey, his face was lit up like the sun. To get a picture with any detail in his face I had to ignore the light meter and dial down the shutter speed more than 5-stops below the suggested exposure. I know it was more than 5-stops because that is the limit of my exposure compensation tool and 5-stops ‘underexposed’ was no where close to correct. I just thought it was interesting that I was able to handhold these these pictures and I was at least 50 feet from the stage in a pitch black field.   

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