The Big Apple Circus comes to Lake George

While up in the mountains, I attended a performance of the Big Apple Circus while it was in Lake George as part of the farewell tour of the Grandma clown created by Barry Lubin (marking the end of a 25 year collaboration). You can learn more about the show and the individual performers by clicking on the link above.

I wanted to try to get some movement shots. This is easier said than done when you do not use a tripod (or can’t as is the case in many scenarios due to the rules of the location) and cannot use a flash in the area (leaving you subject to their lighting which can be overly dark at times, slowing down your shutter speed even while using 1600 ISO – a setting which can also make your image grainy in the digital world). I did get a few very nice shots and some nice effects, but in the end, your best bet for shooting any performances are getting access to a tech rehearsal/run through where there is no audience and you can have access to the performers from various angles and with as little annoyance as possible. As I specialize mostly in outdoor photography, I am still learning how to get the full usage out of my camera in these scenarios, and what better way to learn than by trial and error?

The tent as seen from the parking lot.

Getting ready to open, sell some wares, and put on a show.

The set and it’s basic lighting plot, which would limit what settings I could get shots with and of.

Creepy baby head.

The lights hit the tent roof. There will be trapeze tonight!

Oh no my friend, you’ve gone and moved so fast that you’ve gone blurry! I can’t look! (The tumbling stylings of Shandong Acrobatic Troupe)

One way to make an entrance for Scott Nelson.

Granny’s good-bye tour.

Anna Volodko performing her routine in the air.

Spinning downward so fast this is all you can see.

Muriel Brugman playing a saw and weeping.

Ok, get off, I want your spot!

Melanie Chy slowly balancing in various positions.

The Flying Cortes Troupe takes to the air, flying and flipping faster than the camera can see.

While there are many more acts – juggling, small animals (including a porcupine, capybara, and small dogs), an overarching storyline with a ring master (or mistress in this case) – these images capture a good deal of what to expect if you are able to catch this farewell tour for a much beloved clown character. It’s not as large as Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus, but it’s a fun (and extremely affordable) time for the family, especially the kids.

Next up: Back to NYC and a trip to the Cloisters.


About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel T5i with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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