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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

My new dance photography blog, DanceTog is here

My formal G20Voice blog is here

"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
........ Ben Moor
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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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learning the new camera

nige says:

D700. How are you finding it?

14th Nov 2009, 10:59

Dhamaka says:

too early to say - this was literally the first time I took it out. There's a lot less noise at higher ISOs though

14th Nov 2009, 12:28

nige says:

That's what i've seen. It looks really good. How about the full frame though, did you like the extra space in the frame?

14th Nov 2009, 12:37

PrincessJun says:

Superb shots - the middle one in particular.

14th Nov 2009, 12:57

Dhamaka says:

thank you PrincessJun - my fave is actually the last shot. Even though her face is blurry I like the symmetry of the legs

Nige - it really is too early to say. These shots are specifically for publication in Dance Today, I had limited time (which meant no playing) and my attention was on getting only as much of the surroundings in as would give context to the dancers. So the extra space was to a large extent irrelevant.

Later, when I have the time to play a bit more -and when I have my FX lenses (which will hopefully stop me worrying about sharpness) - I'll be able to answer that intelligently

14th Nov 2009, 13:21

i love your photography, and i hope the new d700 shoots straight and true,

14th Nov 2009, 17:12

Caine says:

A D700, how exciting! Love the shots, last one in particular.

14th Nov 2009, 19:21

mara says:

wonderful series D

15th Nov 2009, 08:42

Dhamaka says:

thank you Anthony, Caine and Mara

and thank you for the HL too :D

.. it will be really exciting when I get the lenses I want too... but first I need a new oven and a freezer that works :)

15th Nov 2009, 09:25

mysteritmo says:


15th Nov 2009, 12:01

Viv says:

ah well the important things are sorted then :)
If you can manage to keep up with everything you have taken on - shouldn't be too long.

15th Nov 2009, 13:00

Viv says:

that one handed hold is amazing - looks effortless

15th Nov 2009, 13:01

Dhamaka says:

Viv - the important thing was sorted with the purchase of this camera - the rest is detail :)

It does look effortless doesn't it. However it was hard, hard work and even though he's extremely fit we had to build in rest for him

thanks mysteritmo

15th Nov 2009, 13:06

nige says:

It looks fantastic already. Keen to see / find out how you get along.

15th Nov 2009, 15:44

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16th Nov 2009, 07:09

Orbit says:


16th Nov 2009, 10:21

taniwha says:

I get a strong sense of precision dancing here

16th Nov 2009, 14:26

JokerXL says:


D700? not a bad little snapper, I s'pose, if you like that sort of thing.




21st Nov 2009, 16:49

Wendle says:

Number 2 makes my eyes water!!

21st Nov 2009, 17:27