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by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein


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"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
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This is my personal blog, not a venue for saleable images. In fact, because it's here that I share things that are important to me with the members of the moblog community, photo quality's not my priority. Events, occasions, achievements, thoughts, trips and experiments - you'll find them all here. Contact me for the development version of my photo portfolio, for a selection of saleable images or visit my dance photography blog or my website for cuttings. And remember that all photos remain my copyright unless I've specifically said otherwise.

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

"Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."
........ Isabel Allende

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
........ Harold Thurman Whitman

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes...."
........ Marcel Proust

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway

"Ambition leads me not only father than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for man to go."
........ James Cook

"The grand show is enternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."
........ John Muir

"The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
........ Iris Murdoch

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin












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still getting to grips with low light dance shots and my D80
will try again tonight

nige says:

i've been thinking some more about how difficult is is to capture movement in low light without a dirty flash. very difficult, but the top one i really like, D. emotional content.

didn't know alfie played the accordian...

21st Jul 2007, 14:11

Dhamaka says:

thanks nige - I'd like to borrow your book when you have read it

(btw it's a bandoneon)

and hehe

21st Jul 2007, 14:13

Sprocket says:

ooh sexy, I'm guessing having a quick snog with your partner during the dance is a bit of a no-no

21st Jul 2007, 15:11

minkey says:

Superb and indeed very sensual. You captured the emotion perfectly :-)

21st Jul 2007, 15:19

mtn_hermit says:

Mmm, those are nice!
The thing I've found with my D50 that helped most in low light was getting one of the fast 50mm lenses.

21st Jul 2007, 18:21

Dhamaka says:

thanks guys

mtn_hermit, you could be right

21st Jul 2007, 22:19

Dhamaka says:

thank you AAH

22nd Jul 2007, 00:25

Viv says:

they are lovely

22nd Jul 2007, 15:18

Dhamaka says:

thank you Boet and Viv
.. did slightly better the next night but I think mtn_hermit is right and I need a new lens

22nd Jul 2007, 17:20

midlife says:

great series... the first and last pic inspires SNOGGING... maybe even a quickie

22nd Jul 2007, 18:43

Dhamaka says:

thanks midlife, but... you guys..

....you wanna spoil the atmosphere with a fumble?

btw.. tango, danced with the right person and at the right time is foreplay

22nd Jul 2007, 21:58

heuro says:

Excellent pics, dance is about movement+passion, that is why I like #3,#4,#9, and #10
btw-Who is that beautiful woman dancing?

May I suggest something here?

1- Cash out your hedge fund before the subprime implodes and buy a good fast lense. This is key. I recommend this
http://www.nikonusa.com/template.php?cat=1&grp;=5&productNr;=1961
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2- Shoot at the highest ISO possible. Better noise than trembles
3- Shoot RAW if possible

4. Use aperature-priority with the lowest f-stop

5. Do the Ninja
http://www.picturecode.com/
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22nd Jul 2007, 23:59

Dhamaka says:

Thanks for the compliment and the suggestions - the Ninja's interesting

RAW vs fine jpeg is an interesting question. While RAW is more sensible in the long term, it takes significant time to change memory cards ... particularly important for performances like this one where one number's not likely to be more than a few minutes.

I guess that the long term answer to that is a second camera...

23rd Jul 2007, 00:37

heuro says:

The answer is EOS 5D or M8.

Digital noise reduction is like linguistic degeneration... A German invented, then produced it at the Band Union shop, took it to Argetnina, and we got >bandunion> bandonion> and finally bandoneón

23rd Jul 2007, 00:52

Dhamaka says:

The woman (see tags) is Romina Godoy. She and Leandro Palou were in Miguel Angel Zotto's Tango Por Dos and they decided to stay in London after the tour ended

Tango x 2 site
my review of the performance they toured

23rd Jul 2007, 00:53

Dhamaka says:

nice story

23rd Jul 2007, 00:56

heuro says:

Punctuated by grouped poses that convey an orgiastic intensity that put the Khama Sutra to shame...

Certanly the story of Romina and Leandro is a nice story

23rd Jul 2007, 00:59

Dhamaka says:

Thank you :)

They're lovely people and so obviously very much in love, it's warming to see

23rd Jul 2007, 01:02

SweetMags says:

gorgeous, I love the passion....you capture it very well.

23rd Jul 2007, 10:44

Dhamaka says:

thank you SweetMags

Heuro - On average I currently take between 3 and 6 Gb of fine jpeg photos per performance / night. Sometimes more. A better camera (one for which one might indeed need to cash in one's hedge fund, sell one's house or mortgage one's life) would not significantly decrease the time lost to changing memory cards and therefore would not facilitate the move from fine jpeg to RAW files.

Besides which I'd like to learn the limits of this camera before moving on and am nowhere near there yet

23rd Jul 2007, 11:39

chocolate says:

great shots!

23rd Jul 2007, 16:52

Dhamaka says:

thank you chocolate

AAH :)

23rd Jul 2007, 21:09

MaggieD says:

Ace set of pics ...

24th Jul 2007, 20:10

Dhamaka says:

thank you Maggie

24th Jul 2007, 23:31

the top shot is ace

29th Jul 2007, 11:55

Dhamaka says:

:)
they are such fantastic 'models'

29th Jul 2007, 23:43