Sunday, December 21, 2008

These are the rest of the shots from the Amarain Student Showcase, December 13th (for the first set see the prior posting, Dance the Huda).

This is a mixed batch of photos, ranging from the very good to the very bad. Most of the ones I consider bad were shot in flash. Flash, especially the on-board flash, can be harsh. In some cases here it really ruins the picture.

On the bright side, the ambient light shots worked much better. And in some shots - notably Hafiza's - the shots were really good. Anyhow, enjoy the shots and ladies, again thanks for having me!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Let's dance the Huda...

Or however it is spelled

This past weekend was the Amarain Student Showcase, held in Kenosha at the Ruether High School Auditorium.

The ladies - and one gentleman (hey Jim) - worked their bottoms off for this one.

The Huda was the last student number in the show. The 20 shots linked to this entry (and to that picture) are from the preshow last minute practise of the number.

I'm far from a great photographer so these shots don't do the dancers justice. But I hope they at least give and idea of how much energy and fun went into this performance.

FYI - there's another set of photos coming being posted, hopefully tomorrow, from the dress rehearsal held earlier in the week. You'll get an email when they get posted.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Hiptastic 2008

One of the bad things about the workaday world is that it gets in the way of what you really like to do, in my case photography. Because I work Saturday and Sunday I miss a lot of the belly dance shows in the area. Hiptastic, held about three months ago, was a show that I sort of missed. Because my wife was in the show, though, I did my best to catch it.

Normally, I shoot about 200-400 shots per show. But on this show I came in after the midway point and just decided not to stress about it. That's why there are so few shots. To catch the other 16 shots from this show click here or on the picture above.


Friday, September 19, 2008

Jim Boz Show...

It's been a busy week here, belly dance wise. Hiptastic was in Round Lake this past week and the week before was the Jim Bozz show. All in all, over 8Gb in photos were shot along with well over an hour of video.

An therein lies the problem - there's just too damned much stuff to post in a timely manner.

If you see your video in here and it shouldn't be, email me right away and I will remove it. On the other hand, if you want a quick copy of your performance in a higher quality email me about that too. Hopefully I will have time to put your pictures up here in the next week.


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Belly Dancers perform and the Wisconsin State Fair...

These pictures were taken on the night of Sunday August 3rd at the Wisconsin State Fair over at the World Stage area.

Belly Dancers from around the area were scheduled to do a series of shows on the evenings of Sunday until Tuesday I believe. Frankly, I am buried under about a thousand more photos and can't spare the time to get all the facts.

There's a lot of repetition in these photos. To the casual viewer I say "sorry" but this was done hopefully to be helpful to the women who performed. I hope you can find something you like so you can either put it on your web page, your MySpace or even just show your S.O. or family what it is you spend such time on, working hard.

See you girls next year.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Veils of Light pictures... finally

Had a world of problems with the coloring in these pictures - the entire photo took on the cast of the dancers' outfits. Trying to get these to color balance correctly was a bitch. Good thing nobody's getting charged for anything , eh?

Anyhow, These shots are from last Saturday's Veils of Light belly dance fund raiser held at the Kenosha Woman's Club. The event raised money for Women and Children's Horizon, a group dedicated to helping domestically abused women and children.

Organizing the event was Lori Dale along with her student body from Amarain Belly Dance Studio and some other belly dancers from throughout the area . The evening's special guest performance was by Christina King of the Blue Lotus Tribe. Ms. King's performance was a fantastic topper to an already great evening of fun, dance and food.

I am hoping to soon get permission from Ms. King to post at least some of her pictures here. If/When that happens I'll send ya'll the link.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Veils of Light Part II...

Jut finished all the pictures in the first program only to find a conflict in the second. I will have these pasted by tomorrow mid-afternoon. would work on them more today, but work just called me in on a day off.

I appreciate your patience.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Veils of light pictures...

Folks, please forgive me for being so late in getting these up. At events like this I shoot a format that needs extra work before posting. But while it is time consuming to work with it also very forgiving and allows for lots of variables.

Know that right n ow I am in the middle of 380 photos editing my brains out. I will have these up by tomorrow night. And then I will send out the link.

Thanks for your forbearance.

Mad Man Mikey

Friday, March 7, 2008

Sphinx Hafla Pictures, March 2008...

(This post was first published on Monday, March 3rd, 2007 in Piczilla)

For your enjoyment this picture links to over 225 photos of the dancers at the March Hafla over at the Sphinx. These have been posted so the dancers might have a chance to grab some shots of themselves performing if they wish.

Feel free to pass this page link or the email I sent you on to friends or family - I could use the hits on my counter! And if you need to contact me about any of the pictures, just leave a comment here or drop me an email. I'll get back at you as soon as possible.

If you would, please click on at least one of the ads on this page. It helps me keep the lights on. Thanks!!

Picture Uploads from the Feb 08 Sphinx Hafla...

(This post was first published on Friday, February 3rd, 2007 in Piczilla)

Hello Ladies and Gentleman,

My name is Mike (as in madmanmikey, the guy who sent you the email inviting you here) and I am the man who sat on the floor of the Sphinx shooting an unGodly number of photos of the lot of you at last night's Hafla.

Thanks for your performances. My wife and I enjoyed all of your work. Please know that if I was in your way (or in the way of one of your loved ones) you have my apologies. I hope the following photos justify your annoyance.

Now before you skip to the link I have to ask a favor. To the right you see some ads. Please click on at least one of them. The clicks help me keep the lights on here, so to speak.


Now here is your photo link. Enjoy!!

Autumn Belly Dance

(This post was first published on Friday, February 3rd, 2007 in Piczilla)

The last month and a half have been pretty awful - anything that could go wrong did. That's why it took so long to get this set of belly dance photos from the Jasmin Jahal Autumn Hafla done.

But finally they are done and delivered. I posted 30 of them on my Flickr site. Click on the photo to take a gander.

This one's for the girls... and one guy

(This post was first published on Friday, October 9th, 2007 in Piczilla)

My wife and I went to the Sphinx in Niles last Saturday to join in the Hafla (Arabic for "party"). I took the camera, promising myself I wouldn't shoot wild like always. While not the best at sticking to my resolution, I at least only took less than 100 pictures. And that's not bad as a start for tapering off.

(Click on the picture to see the entire set!)

Anyhow, here's a sampling of the pictures shot that night. To be honest, I am far from thrilled with the results, getting only two or three I liked. But my percentages will get better under bar lighting - or at least that's what I keep telling myself.

Thanks to the dancers for all their hard work - my wife and I appreciated it - and we look forward to seeing you all again in November.

A quick plea and reminder - if you could, please click on one of the adds to the side. It helps me keep the lights on. Thanks!

Heather's First Hafla

(This post was first published on Friday, August 31, 2007 in Piczilla)

Well it took long enough, but finally I had a morning in which to go through Heather's hafla pictures and get them posted. Heather is no newbie to public or even solo performance. But this is her first hafla at this particular bar. And assuming patrons and owner alike enjoy it this may just become an every week thing.

For my part, all I have to say is thanks for the fun evening Heather, and here's to hoping there are many more!