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I'd love to have this shot from the side! | by Alaskan Dude
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I'd love to have this shot from the side!

This was such a cool experience - a lovely belly dancer (Amy of Gaia Tribal Dance) held a fundraiser at the Wasilla Performing Arts Center in June 2012; she could find any real photographers so she invited me to shoot the event. I rounded up some fellow miscreants and we went for the dress rehearsal and I went back for the actual show the following night. This was my first time shooting a live event with all sorts of action going on, so there was a lot of moving my flash stands; flash was banned on the second night and the lighting level was very low; I was sitting quite a distance from the stage, shooting at max ISO and hoped to get a few decent shots considering all the movement.


The show itself was an absolute blast - Amy did a tremendous job organizing the talent. I wasn't sure what belly dancing had to do with 1900 Paris but the dancers dressed the part. The show was high energy with great dancers and costumes - I'm glad Amy invited me!

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Taken on June 16, 2012