Last Saturday i found myself standing outside a hall that was holding a folk festival.
Having just tried to capture something of the event with a hundred or so people singing in an acoustically wonderful foyer, and realising that you just can’t capture that wonderful sound in a still photograph, i stood around looking for something else whilst listening to the music.
It was late at night and very overcast with rain in the air. Standing under the shelter at the entrance to the hall allowed a view towards two areas lit by street lights. This is the kind of lighting i love as i feel it creates a great atmosphere, especially when there are few people about.
It was also a chance to try out my new lens in low light, the one i had to buy quickly to replace the one that broke recently. With limited finances i eventually decided on the Sigma 18-125mm f3.8-5.6 HSM with Optical Stabiliser.
Here’s a couple of my favourite photos whilst standing outside.
Generally the new lens worked well in the dark. I wasn’t trying to push it too much at full zoom due to the slow shutter speed, but at 110mm handheld at 1/30 second, then the optical stabiliser seems to work ok as it should at least be taken at 1/200 second at that focal length (considering the crop factor of the smaller sensor). Being able to use 6400 ISO also helps, and although the noise level is fairly high, it also helps give it some atmosphere.