Last week was dancing week! One dress rehearsal and two concerts later, dancing for the year is all over.
I took the opportunity to take some snaps at the dress rehearsal. I felt like a sniper with my 70-200mm lens sitting about 5 rows from the front of the stage at the Octagon. It certainly is a little stressful taking photos at a concert – a little bit like shooting a wedding ceremony in that you only get that one chance – you can’t tell people “Stop! Can you do that again?”, and the lighting is pretty dim. Also, I couldn’t fully enjoy my own kids dancing, but that’s OK because I attended the two actual concerts on the weekend.
Being seated in a concert venue, I couldn’t move from my spot at all which made things difficult. There were some angles that I had to see fly by without being able to capture them. Also, I realised during the show that 70mm wasn’t quite wide enough for some ending group shots that I wanted to take, and in the end, I didn’t bring another body to take photos with. 5GB of photos later, the effort was worth it. Photos are a bit grainy at the moment but I haven’t run any noise reduction on them yet.
Here are a couple of the better snaps of the kids: