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Pictures form the 2011 Newfoundland Folk Festival

The NL Folk Festival finale at Mile One

Filed in Articles on September 1st • Dev • Live

Everyone singing the Ode to Newfoundland.

Everyone singing the Ode to Newfoundland.

Easily one of the more difficult concert shoots I’ve had. The final couple of nights for the 2011 Folk Festival were — unfortunately — moved indoors after three days of heavy rain turned Bannerman Park into a mud pit the likes of which not seen since Woodstock. Fortunately for the festival organizers, most of what was required to stage a music event was still standing thanks to a concert the night before… but as I alluded to a second ago, what was standing was bare minimums required for lighting and the amount of time they would need to fix it just wasn’t available.

So why was this difficult? Well for one, no rear lighting anywhere on any of the singers and all the light there was was about 89degrees above their heads and at a distance that I would professional qualify as “arms-length”. When Ron Hynes came to the stage his hat cast a shadow two buttons down on his shirt… not good. Trying to capture good color rendition in peoples faces under high contrast lighting, without losing the rest of their body is very, very difficult. Usually, there would be side lighting and some ambient stage light that would serve to fill in the blanks so to speak.

However, all’s well that ends well and certainly, there’s no better send off for the crowd then a collective singing of the Ode to Newfoundland.

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