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Soulful Serenade In A Gold Rush Town

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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About ten minutes before I shot this frame, I actually put my camera bag under the table because the light indoors was very difficult ……

This shot of a singer’s expressive face as she serenades a second-row member of the audience was shot without a tripod, indoors and in low light, at Diamond Tooth Gerties in Dawson City, in Canada’s Yukon in 2008.

I was sitting halfway back in the audience and I could not believe that for the first and only time during my week travelling through the Yukon, I had left my second camera (a Pentax K200D with my Sigma 70-300mm lens) in my hotel room.

This singer had great stage presence and a wonderful personality and I shot a series of images as she connected with some members of the audience during her act. But I think this shot is my favourite. Despite the tough lighting, it’s a decent representation of the emotion she put into her performance.

You can see that this shot was composed and taken on the fly – on the right-hand side, you can see the shape of a person sitting just in front of me!

If you’re in Dawson City, Diamond Tooth Gerties is a must-see. You can see another shot from the stage show in my Red Bubble portfolio, at Gertie Dancing.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F 5.6, 1/20 sec, ISO 800, focal length 125mm.

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