Austin Carson Band Rocks the Beach

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Austin Carson Band Rocks the Beach
The final big event at Bellmere Winds is the Labour Day celebration. There's a lot going on during the day for the kids (scavenger hunt, bouncy castles and the like), a resort-sponsored dinner by the pool, and later in the evening, a concert right on our own beachfront! As in the past Labour Day events, we were treated to a live music performance by the Austin Carson Band.  This talented group of young men (including lead singer Austin Capell, a Bellmere Winds employee) played a mix of their own music along with some excellent classic rock and pop covers.
As my wife and I were heading to the beach, lawn chairs and drinks in hand, one of the other cottage owners caught my eye and asked me where my camera was (I have - ahem - developed a bit of a reputation as the resident photographer). To be honest, I hadn't given any thought to taking pictures, but I dutifully turned 'round and went back for my DSLR. And I'm glad I did; the lighting - both natural and artificial - made for some very dramatic photos, especially from "back stage".
View of the band performing from behind the stage
My favorite shot angle for the concert was from behind the trailer/stage. It was also the best way to get some decent photos of the drummer.
The colour and texture of the sky made for a dramatic backdrop to the concert. I was shooting handheld at ISO's ranging from 3200 - 5000, with a fairly wide aperture for the majority of the photos.
Shot of the nearly full moon, partially obscured by clouds on Labour Day weekend
The great performance was followed immediately by one of the best non-professional fireworks displays I've ever seen. This is a (poor, admittedly) 20-second clip of what was close to a 30-minute show.

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