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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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........ H G Wells

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jle's first big gig

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Caine says:

Whoooosh, Fantastic!

31st Jan 2009, 06:25

Sprocket says:

Dance Bots? Where RL meets SL?

I like the warmth and just the right amount of softness vs sharpness in the first two

31st Jan 2009, 08:16

Dhamaka says:

Thank you Caine - whoooosh is about right. Their act spins around a *lot* and it's completely dark except for a few spots (two of which are red - the colour that cameras hate the most)...

Sprocket - they look kinda cyberpunk, dontchathink.. Thanks too - can you tell I was enjoying the novelty of playing around at low ISOs?


31st Jan 2009, 09:09

Sprocket says:

yes, I SO that

31st Jan 2009, 09:27

Dhamaka says:


31st Jan 2009, 09:36

jle says:

Hi C Thank you so much for coming last night!!! Your photos are amazing! I can't believe you put them up already :) that was fast.

It was great to have you there! x

31st Jan 2009, 12:10

jle says:

Oops... we are Androids... It's the last dance :)

31st Jan 2009, 12:12

oh wow, these are splendid.

31st Jan 2009, 12:26

Dhamaka says:

Thank you everyone - when I have the time I'll show you some of the rest of the show and the venue itself. The whole thing is totally surreal and it was a real privilege to have been able to take photos there.

jle it's a real pleasure but work constraints mean it will take a while for me to get the rest up for people to see. I hope you got my SMS this morning. I'd love to photo your class another week but there is so much to finish before Monday I can't afford to do anything more this weekend. So sorry - especially because I'd have loved to have taken more shots of you tonight because I've had a chance to have a good think about what I could have done better.

Next time. Meanwhile I'll send you 2 or 3 of the best as soon as I've processed them and will send you a link to send to everyone when they're all done.

31st Jan 2009, 13:47

jle says:

C - You are amazing! you did me the favour & came. thanks again! I did receive your text, next week will be fine as today i skipped class... didn't get home till 5am

it worked out well, see you next sat morning!!

31st Jan 2009, 14:09

paintist says:

these are much energy :-)
well done jle and C !

31st Jan 2009, 14:24

Dhamaka says:

thank you paintist
that's great to read jle - next week it is!

I should probably also say that the conditions in the venue (Shunt) are a low-light photographer's dream. Really challenging, mostly dark (pitch black, not just poorly lit), fantastic colours and shadows from the few lights available, fluorescent lighting in places, regular lighting elsewhere, restricted room with random members of public milling around, a great atmosphere and real-life human performers/athletes...

The challenge brought by that environment is enormous fun. Working out how to give the best feel of the place and performance while also getting enough information for onlookers to make sense of what's going on is different for every angle. Every room, corridor, nook, cranny and performance has different requirements. When you're there using your own eyes, you automatically put together the information you've gleaned from different perspectives, glimpses and even imagination - just as you would in daylight - But getting a similar impression from a camera image without destroying the atmosphere is a different game entirely. And look at jle - she's gorgeous - a great model doing skilled work. The assignment's a dream!

/ over :)

31st Jan 2009, 15:41

shitake says:

Of course this is great set! :DAnd top shot is simply admirable! Fav.

31st Jan 2009, 23:30

Dhamaka says:

Thank you George and Shitake!
your wish....

1st Feb 2009, 18:22

shitake says:

: )

1st Feb 2009, 20:38

MaggieD says:

Wow, congratulations to you both ....

2nd Feb 2009, 19:39

Toddy says:

Wonderful, love them, well done both

5th Feb 2009, 20:33

midlife says:

great series, the middle picture is tops

13th Feb 2009, 06:12

Viv says:

don't know why I missed these - fab

19th Feb 2009, 13:30