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?
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.