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 www.milwaukeebellydance.com/ . 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.

Mike

Erika Ochoa at the Chicago Botanical Gardens...

Erika led a class of volunteers into the world of Belly Dance 101


These were edited with my laptop. As you might know, the brightness of a shot varies depending on what angle you see the picture from. I was hoping to get these right, but am afraid they are a bit too dark (maybe 1/3 to 1/2 stop).

My apologies if they are. This week I don't have time to fix them so you have a big mea culpa from me on this one!