Cirque Du Soleil Fire Dance – How We Shot It
The Equipment and Settings
- Nikon D700
- Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 AFS-GVR2 @ 110mm, hand-held
- Wireless flash triggered via radio triggers, from behind / right
- 1/125 sec @ f/2.8 & ISO 3200
- Manual Exposure, Manual WB, RAW
The Shooting Conditions
This was a private performance of the Cirque du Soleil group at a wedding this past weekend. We had multiple photographers covering the performance, of course, so I opted to shoot from the side and get some of the stage lights in the background. They weren’t that bright in reality, however, so I also used an un-gelled (daylight temperature) flash in the background, to the right of this composition. This illuminated the smoke with a very blue-ish hue, since daylight flash is around 5,000 Kelvin and my WB was set to around 3,000 Kelvin.
Shooting at 1/125 sec in such fast-paced action conditions, I had to try and focus on the moments of stillness if I wanted to get a sharp shot. (Although some of the blurry moments were pretty cool, too!)
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