Sometimes you go home from a photo gig and you know something was special that night. There is this exciting feeling you might have gotten a perfect shot - and you can not wait to get home to see it on a big screen.
When shooting Pyrohex - a super hot fire artist group - at the London Scala I had a about 15 minutes to take photos. The artists were moving quickly while juggling, dancing and breathing fire. One of the trickiest performances for a photographer to capture. The light changes constantly from super dark to super explosive bright. Something the camera can hardly adjust to in automatic mode. Everything you do here has to be on manual.
In order to get my dream shot - the explosion of the fire breather I had to set the camera on 3 stops darker, and then I had to anticipate the performer's movements and watch when they take new fuel into their mouths and then wait for them to spit it all out in a massive fireball and hope that the light was not too bright to overexpose the shot.
Well - I got what I thought was a perfect result. Happy days!