Fire In The 4th - Atlanta, GA Part 1

Howdy all

This will be a two part post about the Fire In The Fourth festival that was in Atlanta's Old 4th Ward on May 20, 2017.  This festival is about remembering the great fire that happen in Atlanta's old 4th ward.  Read more about it here.  I was picked to be one of the ten VIP photographers for the festival.  My assignment for the day was to shoot the Atlanta Freedom Marching Band, Showtyme Dancing Divas, and anything fast action.  

For this shoot I knew I would need to shoot with two cameras and didn't want to use the camera straps that came with my cameras. I purchased the OP/TECH USA Dual Harness.  This harness is reasonably priced and allow me to use both cameras with ease during the day.

My camera set up for this event was a Canon 7D with a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto lens and a Canon 5D Markiii with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.  Along with back up cards and batteries.  I had a four hour shift, but ended up staying near the of the festival.   

The threat of rain pushed the schedule back a bit.  Shooting the Atlanta Freedom Marching Band was a bit difficult because I was told they would march at a slow pace.  Well the pace they marched at was slow for them, it as not a slow pace.  There were times I was running further up the road just to get in position to shoot with the Canon 7D setup.  

Shooting the Showtyme Dancing Divas was fun and different.  I shot them mainly with the Canon 5D Markiii setup.  After the parade I walked around capturing shots of several acrobats and performers at the festival.  Towards the end of the night the fire performers were on the main stage and I didn't get a lot shots of them. Overall it was a fun and long day of shooting.  Shot over 1,800 photos that day.  Below are some I will share in this post. I will share the others in another post.

Thanks for reading