This weekend, The Significant Other and I headed to Italy’s Lago Maggiore to visit friends who are spending their summer vacation in Viggiona, a little village in the hills above the lake. This weekend, the normal pretty sleepy Viggiona is hosting its annual “Viggiona by Night” festival, where bands are playing, all different kinds of street food and drinks are offered and the little alleys are full of people having a great time. For me a great opportunity to once more enjoy the low light capabilities of the Leica SL2-S.
The first night of the festival finished at 3am in the morning. Sleeping in a centuries old house at the village’s main square, we enjoyed the last hour of the music already in bed 😉
I took all of the above photographs with my Leica SL2-S and the Vario-Elmarit-SL 1:2.8/24-70 ASPH. Most images are the jpgs directly out of camera. With ISO 6400 producing perfectly usable images, I did not have to worry once about getting getting blurred images, unless it was intentional (like in the first photo, where I wanted to capture the motion of the dancers in front of the band).
Tonight is the second part of “Viggiona by Night”. Different bands, different street food. I will change the lens and use my “night vision” lens, the TTArtisan 50mm .95 prime “Nifty Fifty”. I’m curious how the manual 0.95 China built lens will perform vs the Leica Vario Elmarit zoom in the same conditions. You can read it here on the Streets of Nuremberg.
More tips and inspirations around night- and concert-photography you can find in the links below and in my free Learning Center.
Have a great Saturday!
Love the first photo. I thought it was a painting at first.
Thanks, Trish, so much appreciated! Marcus
GIt sounds a great way to spend the weekend Marcus.
Thanks, Marion, we’re sure having fun at the Maggiore 😉
Oh, Maggiore! I only went once once on a car rally ….somehow never got back, but loved it. These night images are great, love the first one with the sense of lively activity!
Thanks, Sue, much appreciated! So you know firsthand how beautiful this area is.
Interesting night shots, Marcus. Especially liked the old Fiat tractor becoming a stand for that string of lights.
Thanks, glad you liked the shots. The old Fiat was truly an eye catcher…