Jerusalem Festival of Light 2011 (part 2)
Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 20, 2011
I’m jumping back a day, because these photos were on my work computer (yes, I work in high tech and I do not have a laptop, by choice. I was also the last person in the western world to have a dial-up connection). These photos are from The Butterfly Effect, an impressive acrobatic performance with light, music, and video.
Shows are at 8:15 and 10:00 p.m. every night of the festival, tickets are 55 NIS, available from Bimot or on-site. If you want to get a good site (preferably from the middle to the back, because the stage is so high), make sure you’re there at least 30 minutes before the performance. The performers are Y Circus, an Israeli group (I presume, because my son heard them speaking Hebrew last night when he was working as a guard at the site).
This opening scene was amazing. They staged a battle scene at 90 degrees to the wall. They were so convincing that after a while you could see the wall as the floor, and feel like you were looking down upon the heads of the performers.
Much of the performance was done on ladders or scaffolding, high above two giant trampolines. I shot the photographs at ISO 400 with a 55-135mm zoom lens, Canon XSi (450D – yes, it’s an old model but it does the job), mostly at speeds of 1/15 to 1/100 seconds, handheld. If you want a challenge, try photographing acrobats at night. It’s almost as tricky as a dog show in the dark.
Some of the backgrounds were stunning:
More photos are on my Flickr set.