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by Dhamaka

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Tea dance at at Trafalgar Square

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Part of the world record attempt - the most people in a tea dance at one time. There was also free tea but I couldn't find it

Spiderbaby says:

Love these! And free tea, no matter how elusive, is a good thought to have. Hope you had a good brew when you got home :)

18th Jul 2010, 20:13

Sprocket says:

you seem to have perfected your skills at boke, blocky, bocce, blokey . . . (?)

18th Jul 2010, 21:17

Dhamaka says:

Spiderbaby - true
bokeh... and thank you Sprocket. Am now taking both bokeh and normal shots for pretty much everything. I like the cartoony-unreal effect of good bokeh, Dance Today loves it and I sell loads to them but the photolibrary knocks it back so they're getting the other sort.

18th Jul 2010, 21:47

mysteritmo says:

Superb. Faved #2

18th Jul 2010, 22:32

taniwha says:

the delight on their faces!

19th Jul 2010, 12:17

bethmadethis says:

fab shots :)

19th Jul 2010, 12:36

Dhamaka says:

:)
thank you
the gentleman in this shot is the one who was in the winning CityClickers image - the one where they were dancing tango in the rain while sharing an umbrella. I gave him a copy of that and although our paths don't often cross, he has been a willing model ever since when they do

19th Jul 2010, 13:20

Euphro says:

These are great!

19th Jul 2010, 14:50

Wendle says:

Bokeh can be sooo gorgeous. Like here :)
Free teeeeeea? I wouldn't have be able to start shooting until i had found the tea!

19th Jul 2010, 16:43

Dhamaka says:

I felt like that... but the trouble with doing Big Dance for work was trying to fit as much as possible in!

19th Jul 2010, 19:34

Tori says:

Lovely.

20th Jul 2010, 18:27

Caine says:

Wonderful, joyful shots!

20th Jul 2010, 22:57

AngelKaida says:

These are great and sweet! What is bokeh?

21st Jul 2010, 03:02

Dhamaka says:

Hi there
and thank you everyone :D
Bokeh is the other bit when you play photographic games with your depth of field (DoF or doF). You know when one part of the image is clear and in focus and the rest isn't, or is less so? the less focussed part is the bokeh http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/bokeh.htm. However people seem to use 'bokeh' and 'doF' interchangeably

22nd Jul 2010, 17:47

Dhamaka says:

I should add that you should be able to get the same background effect with gaussian blur on photoshop, but AFAIC it makes commercial common sense to minimise the post-processing work you need to do on your images

22nd Jul 2010, 17:50

AngelKaida says:

Oh, I see! Yeah, it does appear that the good bokeh has a lot to do with why these are such good pictures :)

23rd Jul 2010, 00:28

Dhamaka says:

:)
thank you

23rd Jul 2010, 16:43