Last weekend, the Perth Swing Dance Society held its annual Lindyhop Exchange – called Hullabaloo! It’s a fantastic long weekend of swing dancing, classes and social get togethers. People from all over Australia come to Perth to socialise and dance!
Unfortunately, wifey and I don’t do many of the events or classes anymore – in the last few years we’ve just turned up for one social dance night only. I guess we’re getting “over” it a bit. Plus it’s hard to find babysitting. Yes – I thought it would get easier when the kids got older, but they just end up with more extra-curricular activities!
We did get out to the Saturday night dance – it was the Hullabaloo Hop in the wonderfully character North Perth Town Hall. The Hullabaloo Hop is the traditional night when they hold the Jack and Jill competition – basically a social dancing fun competition where entrants get paired up with some other random entrant, and you are judged on how much fun and connection you have with each other. Entrants wear a number on their back to identify them. We also had an extra special treat – the local Oz Big Band swung the house with many Basie and other swinging charts!
I took the opportunity to take my new Nikon D700 out for a spin. Armed with my 50mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8 lenses, and looking forward to using 3200 to 6400 ISOs, I had a ball! The D700 performed better than I expected – photos even at 6400 ISO were usable with not as much noise as an 1600 ISO image from my old D80. And there’s something about the D700 sensor – the colours just seem so much nicer.
Here’s a selection of some of the photos from the night!