David here, this one is slightly different, this post has nothing to do with wedding photography other than the event I shot was at one of my favorite Pembrokeshire wedding venues – The Plas Hyfryd Hotel in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, West Wales.
The event was a charity event for Noah’s Ark Appeal which is a charity aimed at helping build, equip and further maintain children’s hospitals in Wales.
Special guest for the night was Max Boyce – A Welsh legend Following on from a fantastic Champagne reception and a magnificent 5 course meal Max entertained the collected guests for around 1/2 an hour. I have to tell you I laughed my socks off – he was very very funny.
During Max’s time on stage I grabbed some photos, naturally I did not want to use flash to disturb his performance or the enjoyment of the guests. The room was very dark with only a few lights on and behind Max was the disco setup for the evening – The DJ stand has lights on so to make things harder for me, Max was back lit (the main source of light was behind him)
Using a Nikon D3 camera, I shot around 40 photos of Max on stage, I used an ISO of 6400 and an aperture of 2.8 – This gave me a shutter speed of……wait for it……. only 1/20th of a second and I had to shoot it hand held as I could not use a tripod / mono-pod.
The following is one of the shots taken during this, the full size file has a little noise on it but is TOTALLY usable – I was amazed myself. I have been shooting with D3’s for almost 18 months now and they still continue to amaze me.
Earlier in the evening Max posed for a photo with Mrs P, my beautiful wife who came with me for the event. It was kind of a special day as this was the first time we had left our two children overnight together. The hotel had kindly provided us with a room since we donated our time to the charity. We had a great time away but I think Mrs P was glad to get back to see Joshua and Soukie.