Thanks man, I really appreciate it! Flickr is a little strange when reading the camera data. So here's the "missing ingredient" which makes those settings work - at least for all save the Lady Liberty image, which did have enough ambient light: I'm utilizing an external flash. I think why it's not showing on the settings readout is because I'm firing it remotely. I have a receiver on it. So I'm holding my camera in my right hand and then I have the flash in my left hand. I keep the flash down low so it shoots upward, giving that sort of flashlight-under-your-chin look when telling ghost stories. You can really notice it on the final image as it was a stilt walker so the upshot of light is particularly noticeable. I keep the flash settings at -1/128 of power so it does it's best to fill the subject but keep the ambient light. And hopefully not blind the scareactors. The Grady Twins, being so short, did NOT like it and actually ratted me out to the coordinator, who simply requested I not use the flash with them. I tried to capture them in a decently lit spot within that tiny zone, but in general, they didn't want their picture taken. As soon as they'd see me, they'd turn the other way. As they did with others trying to get their picture.
These were from this past Thursday. As I had previously mentioned, I had my camera on opening night and had crap, all shots. I prefer still images. I haven't shot actual subjects since HHN 26, nor used my flash. Given they're constantly moving, the lighting is ever changing and it's hand held, it's such a unique environment for photography that's also very challenging. For each decent shot I got there are quite a few worthless shots that will never see the light of day.