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Shoot what you love

That's probably the best bit of photography-related advice I have ever received, or could offer. I love photography and ballroom dancing, and whenever I get to combine them, it's pretty close to my idea of heaven.


This was taken at the Mesa Arts Center at a benefit for MS patients, an annual event sponsored by the Phoenix-area Fred Astaire studios. I don't know either of these dancers, who are not connected in any way with the Chandler studio, but I was riveted by their impassioned performance to Leona Lewis's smash hit, "Bleeding Love," which happens to be one of my own favorite songs. (I listened to it over and over again during the postprocessing of this image.) I hesitated to post this one here because of its obvious flaws, especially the fact that the young lady's hand and part of the young man's foot are both cut off. If I had been positioned three or four feet behind where I was, this shot might have been close to perfect, but such are the limitations of an 85mm prime lens when used in close proximity to constant movement. But still, even with its shortcomings, it is an accurate representation of the energy, skill, and passion this couple put into their brief moment on this stage. They performed splendidly, and with this small gesture I salute them.

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Taken on January 24, 2009