Thursday, August 20, 2009

Disco Performances, and more Roller Derby

So it's been over a week since my last post regarding the lovely Rachel. For that I apologize once again in fear of losing any one of my 8ish all very valuable readers. The fact is though that those 8ish readers make me look forward to updating my blog despite the fact that I don't think I'm all that interesting, and I secretly know that you all look at the pictures while merely skimming the text anyway. That's ok though, pictures are what I live for.

(Nikon D3, 560ISO, Nikon 70-200mmF2.8VR@160mm, 1/125th @F2.8)

The photo above was from the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre's performance of "Romeo and Juliet at the Disco" on August 14th. The Photo Venture camera club was offered the opportunity to shoot the dress rehearsal of the performance because one of the members was performing. That same member happened to be one of the Naptown Roller Girls who proceeded to tell me that they would be there. Feeling like this would be a good oppertunity to provide the league with some photos of the event as to inspire more cooperative ventures such as this in the future I decided to sneak in with the Camera club and shoot the show. It was an excellent show; I definitely enjoyed it. I also am pleased with my photos from the event.

(Nikon D3, 200ISO, Nikon 70-200mmF2.8VR@105mm, 1/10th @F2.8)

In all truth though I got pretty lucky. I was somewhat flustered as I ran into the auditorium. I happened to walk in behind a few other people that seemed just as flustered by being late. Luckily they knew where they were going because I certainly had no idea. As soon as I got inside, I said hello to a few of the Venture Club members that I knew and proceeded to be startled by the lights going down. Then you have a slight moment of "photo panic" thinking you might miss something. I had all my gear slung over a shoulder; not even loaded with memory cards. In the dark I loaded my gear up and got ready. It showed too, because during the intermission the lights came on and my thinktank photo belt was on upside down dangling two of my lenses near death. I think the worst part is that it took me a minute to realize it was on upside down. I remember looking down at it thinking, "when did I get a new bag?"

That tends to happen when you are in a hurry though. Regardless, everyone seems to be enjoying the Photos from Romeo and Juliet at the Disco, and that's the most important part.

Speaking of Roller Derby, I've got quite a few Derby related things coming up. In fact, I just got done assisting at a shoot in Broad Ripple for the 2010 Calendar. Tom wanted to do this shoot since last year, and I am not the kind of person to stand in the way of someone having a brain child. Coincidentally I did jump in a puddle a little earlier which then caused it to look like I wet my pants that afternoon. The goal was to splash Tom though; that I definitely accomplished. Not only did I accomplish that, but ZOMG there's a photo of me!

(Photo by Tom Klubens, Canon 1D Mark II, ISO 250, Canon 16-35LF2.8@16mm, 1/40th@F7.1. One Dynalight 400JR at 1/4th power to camera left shot into the back of a stainless steel outdoor walk in refrigerator activated by magic eye. One Canon 580EX Speedlight bare bulb set to 1/4th power activated by pocket wizard about 50 feet to camera right.)

That was me trying to look tough or confused while on the phone with the Art Director right after we had set up the lights. I don't remember exactly, but either way it doesn't matter. It started to pour down rain very shortly after this shot was taken. Despite that fact, this was going to be the scene for a month out of the 2010 Roller Derby Calendar; which YES, did get shot tonight despite the rain. Let your imaginations run wild. More soon.


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  2. Hey we love reading what you have!! Don't cut yourself short brother!!

  3. Seeing how good the light looks in the alley just makes that rain sting a little more

  4. Great article, glad the rain didn't stop yah from finishing the shoot.

    Great blog as per usual.

    1 of 8.. and 1 of 4 followers haha :)