Arts, Beats & Eats is a summer festival held in Royal Oak, Michigan.
I took most of these photos using the candid mode I programmed in my camera. This mode uses aperture priority at f/8 with a minimum shutter speed of 1/250s, auto ISO and auto focus. This allows me to quickly focus and shoot without having to make adjustments.
I created this mode for street photography. These photos won't be framed perfectly and the focus might not be pin sharp; in this context it's more important to capture the moment.
My approach is inspired by the saying "f/8 and be there" attributed to Arthur "Weegee" Fellig, a New York City press and street photographer. Weegee would preset his camera, knowing he could arrive at a scene and get a good shot without having to change any settings.
I believe the band in these photos is Jackson and the Poolsharks. Spaghetti Man added energy and a sense of playfulness to the show.
(Click on any of the images below to see a larger version of the photo.)