For many years, Vancouver’s Public Dreams Society has presented Illuminares, a summer-evening festival built around a lantern procession. Typically held outside, around Trout Lake, it’s a nicely-hippie-flavored explosion of fire and noise and energy. This year, because Trout Lake park is under construction, they held it inside and it was still fun, if not quite as much. I got some pictures which are sort of pretty and represent a new frontier I think in my current low-light-photography obsession.
I should note that I was a performer at the event, appearing as usual with Russell Shumsky’s West-African percussion ensemble “Linoleum Blownapart”.
The pictures are by the Canon S90 at ISO 800 and up; they benefit both from that camera’s outstanding little sensor and from Lightroom 3’s remarkable noise-removal function. Here’s the Green Room before the performance, ISO 800, and looking about as it did to my native eye.
This one is remarkable. The harpists were back-lit and dimly at that, the effect was ghostly and played well with the music. ISO 1600 and only a moderate amount of Lightroom recovery heroics.
Finally, at “only” ISO 800, this one was relatively easy.