Some love from the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble
Nov01

Some love from the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble

I’ve been a bad blogger, I’ve been tardy with my posts and I’m honestly trying to address it. This is more of a check in so to speak as compared to my usual updates. Restaurant week is a few days away so the round up is over for the most part, what seems to be left is the build up events which are more of a social nature which isn’t really my forte of assignments. However in poker we bluff and play the hand we’ve been dealt. About a week ago I was invited to the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble 20th anniversary award ceremony by Souad Lawrence (founder). I had a late assignment but I still managed to make it to the ceremony which was held at the  Stella Maris pastoral center. I missed the cocktails and mingle but got there just in time for a tribute to Monika Lawrence (founder) by the SMDE dancers after which they dived directly into the awards. They thanked various organizations and individuals (internal and external) for their support over the years me being one of them for photography services at the annual Stella Maris Dance Ensemble dance performance at the little theatre. I’m still sporting my camera and ID card as I came directly from work, u can tell I rarely get on the other side of a viewfinder. Here’s a jog down memory lane of previous SDME performances at the little theatre for your viewing delight. Stella Maris Dance Ensemble  2011 performance and Stella Maris Dance Ensemble  2012 Performance.  The 2013 show is roughly a week away, I urge you to go be amazed by they art of story telling through dance. They are a talented bunch you will not be...

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On Assignment: Stella Maris Dance Ensemble 2012
Nov15

On Assignment: Stella Maris Dance Ensemble 2012

Another Year, Another Privilege night to appreciate Art in the form of dance by the Talented Stella Maris Dance Ensemble. you may view a few images from last years show here . This year I had intended to go two nights. The first just to watch the show and the second just to shoot after noting highlights on the previous night.. however my schedule made that impossible so I had to make due with one night after work. Even without the knowledge of “where’s the money shot” I think I faired pretty well. I guess it may be experience from shooting it a couple years in a row because I pretty much went on auto pilot I found my self shooting in a similar fashion as i did last year. The only difference was the equipment. I worked with two cameras this time around a D300s equipped with a 50mm 1.8 and the D7000 with a 17-50mm 2.8 VC. The light was a bit difficult to deal with at times but god bless decent ISO capabilities of modern dslr’s and understanding exposure. Enjoy the Images, comment share like +1 and all that...

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Stella Maris Dance Ensemble 2011
Dec04

Stella Maris Dance Ensemble 2011

Its been two years since I last photographed this dance show, What I can remember is how fun it was to photograph. how much i had to concentrate on not being awed by the art and actually capturing key moments of the performance. The dancers are really talented and the choreographers did an excellent job. This is the first time i’m shooting the show with nikon equipment. as the last time i was shooting with a 30D. This year i took the d7000, a Giottos monopod and Monfrotto ballhead a total of 20GB of SD storage and a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 VC. Got there at 4:30 PM which was 30 minutes before show time. Found my spot front row dead center and talked a bit with two other photographers that were there until it was show time. When i began shooting i decided I wanted to go for a lot of motion this time. and not just freeze the frame which is extremely easy now that my High Iso capabilities are really up there with the d7000 in comparison to the 30D where I dared not past 400 or 800 if I”m desperate. it was like i was in a symphony as my fingers rolled the shutter dial and aperture dials where necessary to slow the shutter and compensate for the long exposure with a smaller aperture to induce motion in the frames. I was successful with what I wanted so I moved on to just shooting the show with some freeze frames of the dancers. Here are a few of the photos and the rest can be seen in my portfolio here I really enjoyed shooting this and I’ll definitely be making some prints from these will probably give one as a gift to a friend of mine that got me into this type of...

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