Big Apple Circus: The Juggler

This was a tough act to photograph, taking place in very low light, with a black and silver costume in mostly blue lighting. He rarely faced my direction, so I have lots of shots from behind, which aren’t very exciting. And the balls are moving so fast that it’s tough to freeze them in such low light.

In the end, the closest I could come to a clear picture needed to be in black and white to show as much detail as possible. Even at that, I have this picture taken at the widest open aperture I could use, at the widest focal length of my Tamron 28-75mm lens, and as far as I feel comfortable pushing the ISO, at 4000. That got me to 1/320th of a second, which was enough to freeze the balls in mid-air.

Here’s how it came out:

Big Apple Circus Juggler

28mm, f/2.8, ISO 4000, 1/320th second

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