Celebrities, Ebony/Black Women, Latinas/Hispanic Women, Nightclub Womenz

Cardi B in a Downtown Orlando Nightclub (2016)

Cardi B onstage.

This was a shitty night. My normal camera flash broke. So, on this night, I was using another flash.

Yet, this flash was intended for a film camera. Film flashes are too bright for digital cameras. At least, my film flash was.

I usually placed a sock over my film flash. This toned it down.

Normally, that worked. Pics weren’t perfect. Sometimes, I had to make setting adjustments before taking a pic. This helped pics from overexposing and underexposing. Again, pics weren’t perfect. Yet, they passed.

So, Cardi B eventually started performing on stage. Actually, her songs played. Then, as her songs played, she danced. As she danced, she mouthed the song lyrics.

This was 2016. Cardi B wasn’t the popular powerhouse she is now. During this time, she was on the reality show Love and Hip Hop: New York.

(Okay, I’ll admit it. At the time, I didn’t know who she was.)

First, I was in the audience photographing her. Looking at my camera’s LCD screen, the photos looked too dark. You could barely see Cardi.

So, I took the sock off. I was still getting shitty pics.

Normally, pro photographers use a fast lens for concert photography. Fast lenses are intended for low light. Yet, fast lenses are expensive. My broke ass couldn’t afford one.

Fed up, I headed for the stage. On stage, I managed to get some photos. In one photo, Cardi B was looking right at me.

Yet, as I took her photo, I forgot to put the sock back on. On the LCD screen, everything was overexposed. All I could see was an outline of Cardi B. Everything else was white.

So, I put the sock back on. Then, I rushed back over to Cardi B. The pic you see now is the best of the crop.

The photo is not perfect. The flash overexposed her outfit.

At the time, I had no idea this woman would put out a song that would top music charts all over the world. I’m talking about “WAP”, a nasty song she rapped with Megan Thee Stallion.

No, the pic isn’t perfect. Yet, I can live with it.

As for Cardi B liking it, that might be a different story.

This pic is in the photo book Nightclub Womenz.

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