Pattern Recognition

by Dhamaka

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Just been to the opening night of Tango Fire. 2 pieces to write before 9am tomorrow so it's unlikely I'll be sleeping

(really loving the D80 now)

Tori says:


19th Sep 2007, 05:04

midlife says:

absolutely hot!!!

19th Sep 2007, 05:52

JokerXL says:

Lovely D.

Yes, you seem to be really getting the hang of that Nikon!
What ISO were these taken at? I'm guessing you cranked it up.
You've really managed to freeze movement in especially the last couple but the grain's starting to show. That can be helped in Photoshop.
Were you using a tripod, or resting on something stable?

19th Sep 2007, 07:09

nige says:

best i've seen from you by a long shot. i can only imagine how the good ones came out :)

19th Sep 2007, 07:42

Kostika says:

Very nice. You're becoming a real pro with the picture taking.

19th Sep 2007, 09:36

540air says:

That bottom guy looks a bit like Maradona, only without all the coke ;)

19th Sep 2007, 11:02

minkey says:

The last two shots are more than XLent . Great series.
Sorry about the no sleep

19th Sep 2007, 13:19

Dhamaka says:

thank you all
minkey - don't worry, it goes with the territory
nige - actually that third shot *is* one of the ones I sent to my editor

19th Sep 2007, 18:06

love all these D but especially the third shot :-)

19th Sep 2007, 18:23

Dhamaka says:

thanks SLG

Joker - I'm still experimenting with settings and these were all different, but yes to a high ISO .. and more.... Any chance of sending me an idiot's guide on how to get rid of some of the graininess on photoshop?

I wasn't using a tripod - just standing or crouching depending on the shot

19th Sep 2007, 20:44

PR says:

you've lost your cameraphone or I missed something?.. )

actually, I'm just jealous cause I can't dance the way guys on the pics do it.. that’s the story )

19th Sep 2007, 20:59

taniwha says:

Pure energy frozen in motion. Now that's good photography

19th Sep 2007, 21:50

Dhamaka says:

thank you PR and Taniwha

PR - there is no way that my phonecam would capture this level of detail in such low light. As for dancing like that - I'd be happy just to tango well socially!

20th Sep 2007, 20:51

Dhamaka says:

BTW, this group is touring the UK extensively. My review hasn't gone live yet, but you can find an initial post, discussion and dates here

20th Sep 2007, 21:31

Viv says:

some lovely tango pics in the past few blogs but these are fantastic!

21st Sep 2007, 10:18

MaggieD says:

Have to agree, these are some of the best yet ....

21st Sep 2007, 15:29

Caine says:

Wow. Absolutely fantastic, Dhamaka. I love the 3rd shot.

21st Sep 2007, 18:45

SweetMags says:


21st Sep 2007, 18:47

JokerXL says:

Try this D;
1.Duplicate the background layer.
2."Gausian blur" the top layer quite radically.
3.Change the layer blending mode to "overlay".
4.Lower the opacity of the top layer to taste (+/- 75%).
5.Flatten image.

21st Sep 2007, 21:25

Dhamaka says:

thank you sweetmags and joker, Caine, Viv and Maggie

22nd Sep 2007, 11:44