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Really getting into it

Really getting into it

This was the last performance we saw at the festival. It was actually fascinating, and so unlike anything I would expect to see here – some of the dancers really got into it, which was great to see. I was trying to get a better view when a guard told me to go sit down (after I had been thrown out of the men’s section, where I had parked myself by mistake), and I said, “I don’t want to sit down,” and found another spot, standing up. This picture is greatly cropped and very high ISO, but I wanted to show the dancers’ expressions if possible. A short clip of the dance is below (after I got the camera focusing on the stage and not the ground ;-)):

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Nikon D800 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/320s f/4.5 at 55.0mm iso6400 full exif

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cmarsh20-Mar-2014 14:06
Your capture of the sense of movement draws me into the moment. Very well done.
Gill Kopy19-Mar-2014 00:57
Your camera and your skills did you proud ! You captured a wonderful mood of celebration - love it The video is so interesting - there must be a story being depicted - thanks so much for sharing all ! V
janescottcumming17-Mar-2014 21:56
The expressions you captured are marvelous as is the video. V
larose forest photos17-Mar-2014 21:43
This is terrific as you've really captured the joy and the enthusiasm of these performers. V
John Hamers17-Mar-2014 18:23
Wonderful capture of this performers. They seem to have a lot of fun !!V
Gerard Koehl17-Mar-2014 16:29
Magnifique scène. V
Will Hoskins17-Mar-2014 15:59
A great story and a great capture, Helen. Amazing result at that ISO. V
globalgadabout17-Mar-2014 15:02
they are really shaking it up...their enthusiasm is infectious..
Lieve Snellings17-Mar-2014 14:16
Very good ! V
Jim Coffman17-Mar-2014 13:23
Wonderful image of these happy performers,Helen!
Kevin Warren17-Mar-2014 13:08
Just a fantastic capture, Helen and I love your story also!
pkocinski17-Mar-2014 11:44
Great capture - some of the men do indeed seem to be having great fun.
Isabel Cutler17-Mar-2014 10:59
Love the expressions and kudos to you for "standing" your ground!
marie-jose wolff17-Mar-2014 10:21
great capture of their expressions! V
Zeeby17-Mar-2014 09:00
A superb shot! V
Martin Lamoon17-Mar-2014 08:55
Looks great fun!
Good crop in low light.
Tom LeRoy17-Mar-2014 08:38
Just a spectacular shot, Helen! So wonderful to see such a performance like this. V