Prescott Park Folk Festival – Portsmouth, NH

Enough sports for a little while. A few weeks back I went to the Prescott Park Folk Festival in Portsmouth, NH with my Family.  We “thought” we were going to see only Natalie MacMaster & husband Donnell Leahy and possibly an opening band.  My wife set up chairs at 2pm and we all arrived at 4:30pm.  To our pleasant surprise there were 3 bands ahead of Natalie. Gypsy TailwindC.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band and Eilen Jewell.  My wife loves Natalie and she was the main attraction for us, but she didn’t start until 9pm so that made for a long night for the kids. When she did start we got to see a performance of Natalie, husband and a special guest their daughter onstage.

Natalie MacMaster and Husband Donnell - D7000 1/100 f5.6 iso 6400 200mm
Natalie MacMaster and Husband Donnell – D7000 1/100 f5.6 iso 6400 200mm

I finally made the conversion from Nikon Capture NX2 to Adobe Lightroom, hence the delay on these photos. Wow, what a process and learning curve the move over was.  I’ll have more on that later.  I also took a dive into monitor calibration and managed apps vs unmanaged apps. Boy that was a rabbit hole of learning.  I’ve been calibrating my monitor for years, but there is so much under the covers it’s crazy.

Gypsy Tailwind - D7000 1/250 f5.6 iso 560 200mm (Nikon 18-200 VR-I)
Gypsy Tailwind – D7000 1/250 f5.6 iso 560 200mm (Nikon 18-200 VR-I)

As you look at these photos and the full set I posted on my photo site, you might not think they are technically great photos.  But I took them with my Nikon D7000 and 18-200 VR-I. Yes, that’s right my 18-200 VR-I.  And if that isn’t enough, I took them all without leaving my chair.

Nikon D7000 1/5th f5 iso 6400 36mm (Nikon 18-200 VR-I)
Nikon D7000 1/5th f5 iso 6400 36mm (Nikon 18-200 VR-I)

My favorite photo of the night is the one above of my daughter recording a video.  It was really dark out and it was shot at 1/5th of a second and ISO 6400 – hand held. How crazy is that?  Good breathing technique, similar to shooting a gun if you have ever done that, VR and a little luck. I’m not steady enough to shoot reliably at 1/5th of a second.

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