I was pretty excited to shoot a circus practice to accompany my online story about a traveling circus troupe visiting Henderson, Nev. Circuses to me have always been magical places with colorful characters and jaw-dropping acrobatics. I knew right off the bat that capturing that on video was definitely going to be one memorable experience.

The DSLR camera was a blessing to have in the circus ring. Although there was no real way to control the ISO, I was able to ratchet up the exposure to compensate for the low light conditions. Dealing with the strobe lights, however, turned out to be a bit of a challenge. Autofocusing became super slow, but I think I managed to catch some nice shots.

I think what’s really neat about circus groups besides its history and all the cool visuals is the human element. Circuses are like a tiny microcosm of the world. Performers from around the globe live, work and perform together, trusting one another to catch them in midair, to double-check the ropes and to support them while they do a handstand on someone else’s head. It was really heart-warming to see people from all walks of life come together to put on an entertaining show.

Video: Circus Vargas | Jan. 20, 2011 | © 2011 Las Vegas Sun