I had a great opportunity to see my friend, James Reid, perform his act for a packed room full of children and their parents at the Miller-Golf Links Library. This was on 13 July, 2012. James did a great job, the kids really seemed to enjoy the performance. I was glad to FINALLY get some decent, live photos of James. Incidentally, James is a friend of mine from high school way back when. Don’t forget to check out his web site at www.jrjuggler.com.
The challenge here was using a long lens with fast action, no tripod, and poor overhead, fluorescent lighting. I used a flash at about 1/16 of full with the zoom set to 70mm, then set the ISO to 800 (not what I would have liked, but it wasn’t as grainy as 1600). The shutter was difficult: a slow shutter left too much trail, but a fast shutter felt stiff. I’m a big fan of shooting the strange and unusual already so I opted for the slow shutter and took the streaks in stride. I’m happy with the results, too. Enjoy!