Go With the Flow
Limitations can be a good thing. In this case the conditions were extremely challenging, i.e. outdoors at night, a very brightly lit stage after sunset.
The kids in front of the stage were having a great time and I wanted to capture that energy but only had a point and shoot with me.
The trick was to not even attempt to get a well exposed sharp normal type photograph. I could have been the most technically accomplished photographer and I still wouldn’t have been able to get that shot with the equipment to hand so what was the point in trying? At best I’d end up with a photograph that I’d delete as soon as I saw it on the computer.
Defeating the ingrained desire to produce an accurate photograph completely changed the way that I viewed this scene. Now I could see it in more abstract terms. I knew that I would have very few tones to play with and massive contrast between those that I did have. That automatically meant that the shapes would define this image.
Knowing that capturing strong shapes that would ideally reflect movement (the energy part of the equation) would make or break this photo before the shutter was pressed made all the difference and increased the chances of getting a worthwhile shot by an order of magnitude.
Sometimes it is better to go with the flow than to attempt to conquer conditions and equipment limitations.