January 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm #2556
A tricky but rewarding thing. The lighting’s usually terrible, I haven’t used strobes until just this week when I got my SB-700, and the movement is erratic. I haven’t done much of this lately since I’ve been good about getting partners for every dance. 🙂
[Some people may show up repeatedly, since they may dance at many of the regional events and are just great dancers!]January 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm #44145KestranaParticipant
Cool stuff Pickerel Thanks for sharing!January 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm #44146FarktographerParticipant
I particularly like the feel of the final shot. If the background had been different (or blurred out with a shallow DOF) I think it’d be a really intense look.January 14, 2012 at 1:23 am #44147
That’s what I like about using my 70-200 for this, or even the 35 or 50 f/1.8s to a lesser extent. I’m getting a 24mm f/1.4 lens soon so that’ll be excellent for this. Usually I’m shooting up close and wide with a 20mm f/2.8 or 12-24mm f/4 since there isn’t much room to work with. Shallower DOF is nice too so I can blur out the occasional person that doesn’t want to be in any photos. :/February 28, 2012 at 10:55 pm #44148
A couple shots I really enjoyed from the dance I was at last Thursday… I have the Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 now and while it didn’t wind up being as good as I thought it would for dance (autofocus can be a trick), it gives me great results when I work it right.August 15, 2012 at 2:39 am #44149
A couple new shots, from a dance weekend at the end of May. I am so far behind on my processing… Greenfield, MA. Guiding Star Grange, a dance hall legendary in the contra dance community. The lighting was great here early in the day, too.August 15, 2012 at 4:09 am #44150YoyoParticipant
Exactly what sort of folk are these? I don’t recognize their costumes from the usual traditional garb.August 15, 2012 at 11:14 am #44151
There is no real traditional garb to this… it is American folk dancing, originating from English country dancing in the 1700s and 1800s. It was on the decline for a while, but experienced a revival 30 or so years ago and while still a small community, it is a vibrant and dedicated one. At least that is the case where I have gone.
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