Dancer onstage at desiFEST 2018 in Toronto

Sometimes lightning simply strikes.

That was the case with this image taken during a performance in desiFEST 2018 at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. The sun was brilliant that day, which really helped make the colourful costumes pop. I was tracking this Indian dancer with my camera in Servo mode and high-speed continuous as she moved about the stage. As part of the dance she suddenly threw back her shawl at the same moment I was firing off a series of shots. I was hoping to get one that really popped and I was rewarded with this image.

I love this image: the sun bathes the dancer in its warmth and light and, to me, her expression says "Rejoice!". The shot is indicative of the spirit and attitude of the dancers onstage that day - they were so happy to be performing and seemed filled with the joy of living.

Toronto, Ontario

June 2, 2018

ISO 100, 1/100 sec., f/ 8.0

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