Jade Daniel Sambrook’s Piknic Electronik Photography Experience

A photo by Jade Daniel Sambrook of a woman dancing at the Montreal Piknic Electronik in 2007
A woman dancing at the Montreal Piknic Electronik in 2007

Focal Length: 70mm
Exposure: 1/320 sec; f/4; ISO 400
Metering: Pattern
Flash: No

Photo by: Jade Daniel Sambrook
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro

After getting my first digital SLR camera in 2007, I would often find myself bringing it with me to the Piknic Electronik where I was able to practice my photography skills. As you may know, the Montreal Piknic Electronik takes place at the Jean-Drapeau Parc every Sunday from 2PM until 10PM from May to September.

There are a lot of people in attendance, and with all the dancing and moving about, it is a great opportunity to snap some photos and learn to use the camera when shutter speed is a priority.

Many folks will pose for a photo, or outright request that you take one, but generally speaking you can get great candid shots from a distance without people actually knowing that you are releasing the shutter. I know that to some this might sound a little creepy, but believe me, the results can be incredible. With candid shots there is no pressure, as nobody is holding a pose while waiting for you to finish taking the photo. With candid shots you can take your time, adjust your composition, and its no big deal if the photo doesn’t turn out.

I remember when I first started attending the Piknic Electronik. I was taking photos of a woman dancing. She could see me aiming the lens at her when suddenly a man came over to speak with her. I figured that it was her boyfriend and that she was going to send him over to beat me up for taking pictures of her. Instead, she told him to move out-of-the-way and stop blocking her light as she was being photographed. From that point on I was never shy about aiming my lens and because of that my photography skills improved.

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