Shots from the 2015 Lakeland Classic are up on the site.
I love this little lakefront theater because of what’s outside; one of these days I’m going to get there really early and do a shoot. Inside the lighting is a challenge, but I had some new tools with me to help.
In borderline lighting, it’s often quite easy to miss minor motion blur using the camera’s tiny viewer. Using a rock hammock for the tripod to hold my laptop, this time I shot tethered using a Linux program called Entangle to grab and display each shot, including histogram and data, almost as soon as I took it.
Practical upshot, I was able to push the margin way further than I normally would, and get feedback right away as to whether I’d gone too far. I still had a few misses, but far fewer than normal at this venue. Someday maybe I’ll win the lottery and drop a couple grand on a really fast telephoto, but until then this helps me squeeze more out of what I have.
The show itself was well-run and the competition was good. If I had one comment for the competitors, it would be this: Do all your homework. The judges go to a lot of extra time and effort to put on a series of posing and judging seminars throughout the year. The seminars are not expensive and what you learn is invaluable. They’re put on for your benefit: use them.
Enjoy the shots. Next up: Gainesville, one of my favorite shows (and no travel).