St. Vincent Festival!

Last night we loaded up the kids and went to the St. Vincent Festival.  My sister took the Megabus to Cincinnati for an impromptu visit.  The kids were SO excited to take her to the SVF Festival.  Owen hooked up with his (adorable) friend Will.  They went on every “scary” ride TWICE!  Will’s dad rode with them on the “Gamma 7 Anti-gravitational Device” and then they were hooked on the thrill rides!  I couldn’t believe how much Owen loved riding those crazy rides!  Isaac and Truitt almost instantly disappeared with their friends.  Truitt came back to show us all the loot he won, but we didn’t see Isaac ONCE during our whole time there.  Elle’s favorite part of the night was dancing to Midnight Special.  She was a dancing maniac!  In between songs she would ask, “Mo moosic?”  That girl loves to dance.  I’m posting my sister’s photos below.  They are AWESOME!  It’s so fun to have a shooting buddy!

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June 25, 2011 - 3:09 pm

Jani - Great captures, I feel like I’m there. Love the colors and expressions you both were able to get.

June 25, 2011 - 9:40 pm

Amy Kasten - Amazing photos, as usual, from both you and your sister. :) So here’s my burning question…HOW do you get such great shots at night? I’m pretty positive you don’t use a flash, and they’re so sharp I don’t think your shutter can be open that long. I’m dying to figure that out. (Last night I was at the Madeira bike race and failed miserably at getting any decent pictures once it got dark.)

June 26, 2011 - 11:23 am

Melissa - Thanks Amy! The answer to your question is high ISO and low aperature. If you are shooting in AV mode set your ISO to the highest setting and set your aperature to the lowest setting. Your photos will probably be grainy, but that really doesn’t bother me. Focus is also a little trickier at a low aperature when you are close to your subject so shoot a lot of photos. Do you have the 50mm 1.8 lens? If so, that is what you want to use. Set your aperature at 1.8 and crank that ISO as high you can. You’ll be suprised what you can do at night. And you are right, I never use flash ;) .

June 26, 2011 - 11:28 am

Melissa - Oh, and you should know that we had TONS of blurry pics that you just didn’t see here :) . It’s a lot of trial and error. You also have to be aware of your light source- make sure your subjects are lit with something. Flourescent lights have a yellow/greenish color cast. Again- it doesn’t really bother me, but they can do strange things to skin tones. You can play with your white balance if you want, but honestly I never take mine off auto.

June 27, 2011 - 5:14 pm

Amy Kasten - Awesome – thanks!

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