33th annual Eunice World Championship Crawfish Étouffée Cook-off, March 25, 2018
This album includes photos of bands, plus a few other shots, taken at the 33th annual Eunice World Championship Crawfish Étouffée Cook-off, March 25, 2018, at the Northwest Community Center Pavilion.

Seth Spell and Cajun Strong played 10-11:30, followed by Kyle Huval and the Dixie Club Ramblers at 12-1:30, and closing with Grammy-winning The Band Courtbouillon at 2-3:30.

I arrived about 10:30 with plans to use the Nikon D850, a camera that I had previously used at Festivals Acadien et Créoles, at the Experience Louisiana Festival, and at Mardi Gras courirs. (For everything else, I’ve continued to use the Nikon D5.) As I began photographing Cajun Strong, I realized that I needed flash to try to deal with strong backlighting. When I mounted my Nikon SB-900 flash, I discovered that it would not fire. After doing the best I could without flash photographing Cajun Strong, I returned home. As I expected, the flash worked perfectly with the D5. I went back to the cook-off at about 12:00. Even with the flash, I still had difficulty managing backlighting. I should have set the flash output higher. Instead, I wound up struggling with adjustments in post-processing.

The next day, I sent the D850, which is still under warranty, to the Nikon repair center in California. I have no idea what caused the problem. When I touched the shutter button, the red light on the flash would come on, so there was some form of connection, but the shutter button would not fire the flash. In looking at files of the small number of photos I previously took with the 850 when I was trying to use low power flash for fill light, the exif data indicate that the flash did not fire, so the problem was a defect in the camera when I received it from Amazon last September. In addition, the camera has always had a sporadic problem with lenses not focusing unless the lens is remounted once or twice. I ordered the camera shortly after pre-ordering was opened and was among the first to receive it. I was aware that, in the past, Nikon has sometimes had manufacturing defects in the first batch of new cameras, but I went ahead and tempted fate. I’m hoping Nikon will resolve this issue satisfactorily. We’ll see.
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