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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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still working on low light dance shots

Jigalong says:

Looking good. The grainy pictures add character to B+W

29th Jul 2007, 23:58

Dhamaka says:

Thank you Jigalong
So much to learn

29th Jul 2007, 23:59

Dhamaka says:

thanks 095
I think B&W; completely changes the mood

30th Jul 2007, 00:10

Caine says:

Wow. Incredible, splendid series, D. These are just on fire with romantic feeling.

30th Jul 2007, 01:46

mtn_hermit says:

Mmm, smokin' hot!

30th Jul 2007, 02:01

JEsson says:

WOW! D. These are stunning! No wonder you love your job!

30th Jul 2007, 03:00

gill1109 says:

*nearly* there? all the way, I'd say. wow.

30th Jul 2007, 05:02

Sprocket says:

oooh sexy

30th Jul 2007, 05:55

Dhamaka says:

wow - thank you everyone.

I guess I'm so focussed on what I want to do that I lose sight of what I have achieved. Sad truth is that after a night's sleep I'm still not happy with these (except for maybe #2).

Maybe next time...

30th Jul 2007, 06:24

mtn_hermit says:

That just means that you'll continue to challenge yourself. That's all to the good!

30th Jul 2007, 07:06

Dhamaka says:

thank you guys
Boet - yes I did, it's the only lens I have atm

30th Jul 2007, 08:48

Geodyne says:

You're definitely getting there. The top one is fabulous.

30th Jul 2007, 09:58

Kostika says:

I really like number 5.

Are you using a digital or SLR?

30th Jul 2007, 11:26

Salome NLI says:

I think no4 is absolutely great, the way the light lands on their faces..

30th Jul 2007, 11:46

anonymous says:

Poor man-seems quite a contortionist. very good

30th Jul 2007, 11:58

Dhamaka says:

thank you everyone

Kos - or? I'm using a Digital SLR! The Nikon D80 :-)

30th Jul 2007, 13:05

Kostika says:

Well I meant a digital or a normal film SLR.

A trick you might try for taking low light pictures with the Nikon is to set the speed to normal and set the ISO one step higher than normal. The higher ISO should open up your shutter more even if you are taking faster motion images.

You'll have to play with it a little and adjust for how much light you have each time, but it's a good place to start.

30th Jul 2007, 13:15

Dhamaka says:

one stop? I'll try that. I pushed the ISO right up here and still didn't catch a lot of what I wanted

30th Jul 2007, 13:17

Kostika says:

Try one or two stops. But then fiddle with the shutter speed. That's usually what have to adjust when I do low light speed images. (like the dance pictures I did for you)

30th Jul 2007, 13:20

Dhamaka says:

which were brilliant
I wish you lived closer to London and had more free time...

30th Jul 2007, 13:21

Kostika says:

More free time would be nice. Would love to do more work with you.

30th Jul 2007, 13:27

Dhamaka says:

we'll get there...

30th Jul 2007, 13:28

Kostika says:

Yes eventually I'll get this writing thing off the ground and full time, then I'll have more time to do some more work with you.

30th Jul 2007, 13:33

Dhamaka says:

by which time I'll have got to the point where I can do what I want as well as what I need...

30th Jul 2007, 13:35

Kostika says:

See you won't need me once you get the hang of that D80 :o)

30th Jul 2007, 13:37

Dhamaka says:

taking photos and finding the right words take different bits of my brain and need to be done at different times. I prefer working with a photographer I trust and have been working with Jeremy a lot. However it's not always possible to do so, especially when he's in Japan...

30th Jul 2007, 13:44

gill1109 says:

If you thought you had achieved perfection there'ld be nothing to live for... So I'm very glad for you that you still think you can make progress ;-)

30th Jul 2007, 13:49

Kostika says:

Well you know I always want to do more work with you. I jsut need a week or more warning cause of the day job.

Jeremy has some interesting shots. I see why you work with him.

30th Jul 2007, 13:50

Dhamaka says:

Kos - he's also lovely guy, very reliable and a good friend. Message received and understood.

Gill1109 - in theory I suppose you're right, but I'm not looking for perfect, I'm a writer/journalist not a fine art photographer. So... if I thought my dance shots were 'good enough' I could devote the time to something else...

30th Jul 2007, 17:57

MaggieD says:

I do understand why you want to take your own photos .... when you are dong the wine trail in Argentina you will be on your own, and good photos are a must if you are going to sell it .... IMHO you do seem to be getting there, I have loved all of your dance pics of late .... in this particular series I do like the black and white as it adds to the dramatic quality of the (already dramatic) nature of the dance ... not sure I like the graininess though ....

30th Jul 2007, 19:39

midlife says:

Dhamaka - Your dance shots move me. Keep it up.

31st Jul 2007, 01:24

Dhamaka says:

thank you midlife and Maggie

31st Jul 2007, 06:16

midlife says:


31st Jul 2007, 06:25

alicat9 says:

Ooooooooh - get you with the very sexy shots! i love 1 and 6 - they feed my lurid imagination ;)

31st Jul 2007, 14:53

Dhamaka says:

why thank you ali but it's the dancers, not me...
I'm just recording it...

31st Jul 2007, 15:57

harimanjaro says:

Coming along well, Dhamaka, these look lovely. If I were you I'd be looking a a fast prime lens, something like the Nikon 85mm f1.8, or possibly scouring eBay for an old MF lens if money's tight.

1st Aug 2007, 07:58

Dhamaka says:

*crosses fingers...

1st Aug 2007, 20:45

alicat9 says:

You know what they remind me of? some of Jack Vetriano's paintings. And you have to take some credit for the composition of your own photos! :)

2nd Aug 2007, 22:55

Dhamaka says:

Ali - that's a wonderful thing to say. Thank you :D

3rd Aug 2007, 07:02

mdme_amour says:

Thanks for the welcome, your dancer pics are beautiful

3rd Aug 2007, 17:45

SLG NLI says:

WOW these are absolutely superb I particularly like the last one :-)

4th Aug 2007, 20:50

SLG NLI says:

actually no................

I really like them all :-)

4th Aug 2007, 20:51

Viv says:


5th Aug 2007, 15:54

barrie says:

tres bien.
Negracha floor shot!

7th Aug 2007, 11:19

Dhamaka says:

Thank you mme_amour, SLG, Viv and Barrie.. you're cheating because you saw me take them!

7th Aug 2007, 17:28

bassa says:

Think I recognise Negracha by now!
But who could forget this mad person lying on the floor while girls in needle high heels on the end of boleo's & gancho's missed her by inches!

7th Aug 2007, 18:12

Dhamaka says:

Unlikely. Seriously unlikely. I've not yet met a tanguera who didn't want her photo taken

and even if you didn't, the name is in the tags :P

*and* you didn't recognise me....

7th Aug 2007, 20:42