Saturday, December 11, 2010

My apologies to the dancers in Zafirah's troupe

The ladies performed a week ago tonight at the Mango in Nile, Il. It was, in fact, their first performance out. Zafirah had asked me to come down and photograph it for them. I did and promised I would have the pictures posted about 4 days ago.

My bad.

Ladies, download whatever you like - it's on me. You can get to the entire set by clicking on the link below the picture above. Of course, the links to all the dancers pictures are up.

Recently, when posting pictures I have decided to bore people by mentioning certain things - sometimes technical, sometimes logistical - about the set posted. I really don't have a lot to say about this set that does not duplicate what I have said about previous sets shot with my Digital Rebel T1i.

Simply put, either my abilities went down a notch or three the day I got the Rebel or the Rebel is just not up to working with me. My guess is that the Rebel was simply not made for quick, sharp focusing. Likely, it is underpowered for the number of shots I take at a sitting (typically over 500 shots per event).

My plan, photographically, is to get either a 60D or a 7D (there's about a $500 price difference between the two). Next plan is to get a USM lens - they focus more quickly. And the true D line tends to grab focus more quickly and sharply.

This will take a while - my resources are pretty limited. However, it's what I am determined to do, so it's going to be done. Hmmmm... Maybe a PayPal donate button>

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Arabesque Belly Dance final hafla of 2010

While this blog has set fallow for quite a while, that doesn't mean there's been nothing going on (either with local belly dance or my photographing of it). Most of the belly dance shots I have been doing have ended up on either my other blog - - or my website -

While their next hafla is not scheduled till March, Sonya (owner of Arabesque) said they would be doing more shows instead of haflas next year. So you can count on more things happening there after the new year begins.

The stage lighting at Arabesque is a lot better than at other studio venues. The trick is catching the dancers while they are in the lights. For my part, I have to make sure to shoot faster for their next hafla. Too slow of a shutter speed made for too many blurred shots in this set. Also, I have a new plan for color balancing at their hafla - which is sometime in March.

Enjoy the pictures. Gank what you need. And drop a line if I can help you with something.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Hiptastic Photos are Up!

The link above will take you to the website. From there click the Hiptastic link. That will take you to the pictures. This time they are separated into one gallery per dance act. All acts are identified by name.

None of the galleries have very many photos in them. This was intentional and in response to past suggestions that I pare things down, sacrificing quantity for quality. We'll see how this goes over.

May you enjoy the photos. There's a link on the top of every page making it easy to share them with people in Facebook, MySpace, and other web 2.0 sharing sites.

To the dancers, thanks for all your hard work your great performances. Nilaja, thanks for having me. I really enjoyed the opportunity to get all snaptastic with a gaggle of bellydancers gracing the lenses.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Mango Hafla, September 2009

I had promised myself I would finish these photos before bed. They are uploading now, and now is 4am. From now on I only make myself happy, pleasant promises - like "I will finish the pictures by Wednesday", or "I shall have cake."

I hope you will enjoy the pictures. It's time for bed.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Checked my stats today and noticed...

that were were a big group of visits from Pelotas, Brazil. Why? That I can't tell you, but there is one thing to say -

Pélas de Grettings, Brasil! Aqui de Contente de vê-lo!!!!!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Shaia Fahrid and students at a Milwaukee benefit...

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Originally shot in Mid April of this year, this set of shots was relegated to the bottom of the pile until recently. My aplogies to Shia on that, as she and her students deserved better treatment.

The venue was incredibly small, and so was the stage. But the women (and one man) filled it with grace.

I took over 225 shots at this event. My goal in editing this set was to whittle it down to 50 shots. I was unable to do it - there are 62 shots here. There was just too much stuff,and I know some good shots hit the cutting room floor along the way.

Expecting a shorter show I was a doofus and did not pack enough batteries to power the flash through till the end. It died with a couple of dancers left to go so the end of the performance went unrecorded.

If you are interested in learning more about Shaia's Milwaukee school you can get information from . At the very least you should check their performance schedules. The shows are more than worth attending.

If you're reading this you already know...

that this blog is unfortunately updated on the most irregular of schedules. The last update was four months ago and the update that will go up shortly is of pictures that should have been processed and posted in the middle of April.

Suffice it to say that my work schedule - two jobs, one of which is physically tiring and the other which was just a pain in the ass - took up a lot of my energy. In the hours between I either played video games to unwind (yes, I am such a guy) or worked some freelance photo jobs to help make ends meet.

Things have changed a bit in the last two and a half weeks now. I've abandoned one of the jobs and cut down hours on the other. Photography -which I love doing and working on - is taking up more of my time, though not enough yet. As it is, I finally have the time, energy and motivation to start putting out some photography.

And that means I should start having more time and resources to update this blog.

To make it easier on the few of you who visit here I have opted to cut down on the number of photos I show in each set. My goal is no more than 50 shots per set. That saves you time and helps make sure the quality of what you see is better.

Anyhow, it's time to stop blathering and end this. I have another set to post.