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.