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June 18, 2011

The Elements of Dance

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Tonight is our annual dance recital, and the main reason I’ve been away from the blogs this week.  I did pop around and comment to many of you this morning!  The theme for recital this year is “The Elements of Dance”:
 That is the very cool t-shirt our dance teacher had made up this year.  All of the dances relate in some way to either earth, air, fire or water.  My girls have been working very hard both on their dances (14 dances feature one or both of the girls or me!) and with helping out getting ready for the recital.  Dress rehearsal was last night, and the only time flash photography is allowed.  I took 124 photos last night!  Here are two of my favorites:

This is Meghan in a beautiful layout-prep for her jazz dance, “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” by the Scorpions.


This is Sarah in a wonderful heel-stretch during her jazz dance “Firework,” by Katy Perry.  Sarah worked hard stretching all year to be able to achieve this dance move.

I am MUCH happier with my camera this year than I was last year at this time, BUT I’ve made a new discovery.  I think my next purchase for my camera will have to be a Speedlite flash.  The built-in flash cannot keep up with the speed at which I was hoping to take photos.  Lighting conditions are absolutely terrible at a dress rehearsal and I could not find a combination of shutter speed and aperture that would have allowed me to go without flash AND have decent stop-action, at least with the lenses that I currently own.  I have the feeling that a lens that might allow such a combination is likely out of my price range.

I’m sure I’ll be sharing more photos when I have time to do some more editing.  In the meantime, wish us luck tonight!


  1. You should have a WONDERFUL time at the dance recital!

    Comment by Dawn — June 18, 2011 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

    • Recital was wonderful – everything went really well, except for me losing my Tina Turner wig during finale!

      Comment by Karma — June 19, 2011 @ 10:10 am | Reply

  2. I hope all went well with your recital. 🙂 I like the theme (and the t-shirt!). I think you did well with your shots. I find those stage photos very difficult to do well.

    Comment by Robin — June 19, 2011 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

    • It did go pretty well – thank you! Still have to work on editing. I have many photos waiting for my attention. 2 more days of school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Comment by Karma — June 20, 2011 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  3. Those are tough conditions and you did very well. Notice the shadows? A speedlight will help eliminate a lot of that but not all unless you bounce the flash, use a reflector or diffuser.

    Do not confuse the name..speedlight with faster shutter speeds. Your pop up should sync just as fast. It will give you more control with more power, larger lamp and move the light source farther away from your lens which will make for better pictures all around.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — June 20, 2011 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for your thoughts Scott – always appreciated!

      Comment by Karma — June 20, 2011 @ 9:11 pm | Reply

  4. My old speedlight would probably work with your camera if you want to give it a try!

    Recital was great – you all did so well! Now if you could just learn to smile pretty the whole time like your daughters you’d be even better up there! 😉

    Comment by JenniferA — June 23, 2011 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

    • I’ve tried your old speedlight. It fits but it doesn’t have the speed to keep up. Thank you – the girls tell me I did better about smiling on stage than usual this year.

      Comment by Karma — June 23, 2011 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

  5. […] the 124 pictures I told you I took at dress rehearsal last week?  I finally got around to editing yesterday.  I cropped and […]

    Pingback by I can’t think of a title for this blog post « Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — June 24, 2011 @ 10:37 am | Reply

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