This weekend I stumbled upon a little festival, La Rue Kitetonne, on Masson Street. Live on the footsteps of Saint-Esprit Church was a group playing. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased by what I heard. The rhythmic upbeat World Music quickly carried me away and I stayed for the rest of the performance. Although I was tired from shooting wildlife all day their music picked me right up and within minutes I had the urge to start shooting some pics of their concert.
I was ill equipped to shoot a concert. Ideally a D700 with Nikkor’s fine jewel the 70-200 f2.8 VRII would have made me a happy camper. All I had was a D300s equipped with Nikkor’s 35mm f1.8. Most of these photos were shot @ ISO 1600 F1.8 to f2 on an aperture priority to handle the fast moving environment and quickly altering light conditions. The 35mm wide angle meant I had to be right up there in the action and the band was just incredible when it came to interaction with a photographer. Being ill prepared to encounter this event I was also plagued with a low battery condition. Not a big problem as the clarity and focus speed of the lens combined with the near 100% viewfinder of the Nikon D300s allowed for quick and accurate manual focus without an installed focus screen.
One of the big highlights of this performance were the fans. Élage Diouf and the rest of the band encouraged members of the audience to come up on stage and dance alongside the band adding fire to an already outstanding performance.
To get a taste for their music you can check out Élage Diouf on MySpace:
You can also download their music directly from Apple Itunes: