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.