Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Ottawa Busker’s Festival

This past weekend, I took in the annual Ottawa Busker’s festival on Sparks street. This is a pedestrian street and all the through streets were specifically closed to traffic to permit busker’s to also perform in these areas. The entertainers who perform at these events travel the country during the summer, delighting groups of people and through generous donations from the spectators, they make the summer earnings.

These events are a great opportunity to capture some exciting action with my camera.

As it was approaching evening I decided to only use my 50mm 1.8 lens. I wish I had a real 50mm (33mm) as with the 1.5 crop factor this equated to a 75mm which I found to be a little too much of a telephoto when you are sitting at the edge of the performers.

It was difficult to completely capture in the frame the group of performers when they were moving around.

The group of 3 on the trampoline was great fun to watch. This girl almost looks like she is diving into something. I was not able to capture them together in their antics until they performed the combined flip.

There were many buskers who as part of their act using fire in one-way or the other. With low light and a longer shutter speed you can get some interesting fire trails and with luck the perfor5m does not move too much to create a blur.

A fire-eater

A lady using the spectators as props. This always helps to better engage the audience.

There was this French-Canadian duo that had a very entertaining performance. I believe the above shot captures the knockout well. Those are huge soft gloves and no one get hurt, but maybe wet as they from time to time spray water into the crowd.

As a street photographer I think it is important that when you are partaking of their entertainment that you also donate to their cause. These are great event to both watch and photograph.

Niels Henriksen

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