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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at the Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh on the 31st October 2017.
The image was taken just at the end of the parade at 9:40pm, just as we had packed up thinking the best of the parade had passed, when all of a sudden these fire spinners taking up the rear of the parrade lit up their fire balls just as they headed towards us, I didn't have time to set up the tripod again so I used fill in flash to get the shot.
Street lighting was poor in this part of the street so most of my images from that night were taken on a tripod.
A canon 5DSr with a EF 24-105mm F4L IS lens, Metz flashgun.
We deliberately went to the darkest part of the street to get the best effect from the fire spinners, the first set of images were taken at 1 & 2sec exposure but they created to much motion blur, this image taken of the tripod was taken at 1/3sec exposure to get the motion just right with fill in flash to freeze the performers.
Photoshop CC to darken and crop the image.
In my camera bag
When doing street photography I only like to travel with my one go to lens, a Canon EF 24-105mm F4L IS lens along with my Canon 5DSr and a Metz 58 AF-2 flash.
Shooting street performers usualy comes down to a lot of luck, being in the right place & watching the right performer at the right time and taking lots of images hoping to get a success rate of about 1 in 20, in my studio my ratio is more like 4 in 5 as we can always reshoot the 1 or 2 were not happy with, we don't get the same luxury to re shoot In the street, so if I get 5 good images out of a 100 photos I'm usually quite happy.

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