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The photos in this collection were taken at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, Oct. 14, 15, 16, 2016, in Girard Park, Lafayette, LA. My experience was similar to that of last year. I criss-crossed the festival grounds to get shots of most of the bands performing at four stages, plus an atelier (workshop) stage. I typically had only 15 or 20 minutes for each band (with only brief visits to a few of the sessions at the workshop stage). I left the festival about 5 p.m. Saturday to return to Eunice to take photos of Dwayne Dopsie performing at the Liberty Theater.

As usual, the biggest challenge was dealing with backlighting and, depending on the time of day, with sharply contrasting areas of light and shade falling across the stages. As the crowds got thicker later in the day, I often arrived at a stage after fans had firmly positioned themselves near the front, so I had to rely on telephoto shots and shots holding the camera above my head. This year, toward the end of the final day of the festival, I decided to drop off my camera bag at my car and switch to a 28-300 mm 3.5-5.6 lens without carrying any other lenses. That lens is not quite as sharp or fast as my other lenses, but it is easier to use in packed crowds. All of the photos were taken standing in the crowds in front of stages in spots accessible to everyone. The collection also includes a few shots of dancers I was able to take as I moved around the park. The dancing shots are combined in one album that covers all three days.

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