The past few weeks had been absolutely dreadful, as far as the weather in the Dayton area was concerned. But this particular Saturday welcomed a break in the oppressive humidity and scalding high temperatures. I had a portrait session in the AM at Wegerzyn Gardens with a friend from out of town and her children. I decided to take advantage of the break in the heat and headed down to the Dayton Celtic Festival. Luckily when I arrived Scythian had just started.
This was the first time I had ever seen this band, and boy am I glad I got downtown when I did. Their music was great and they were highly entertaining. The girls were swooning and the crowd danced with enthusiasm. They played a sort of Celtic fusion, there was hints of eastern European folk mixed with driving rock, and amazing musicians that held the whole MetroParks attention. If you have not seen or heard them, you need to.
Gear for the Shoot
I was mainly going to be walking around the whole festival so I mainly shot with the 18-55mm kit lens on my Nikon D5000, but for the band I used the Tamron 70-300mm as well to get some nice tight shots. We were under a humongous softbox, a big white tent structure that is a focal point at Riverscape MetroPark. The main challenge was there was also some white tents behind the stage causing alot of lens flare. But I thought the high key look was nice and fitting for the type of happy music the band was playing.