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Monday, June 10, 2013

Carson's Dance Recital

My great-nephew Carson, age 11, participated in a dance recital on June 1st. Doug agreed to man the camcorder for the event, so that we'd be sure to capture Carson's two performances on video. Meanwhile, I wanted the practice with my new camera.
 
The recital was held in a large Performing Arts Center, and Doug and I were seated in the balcony, five or six rows up from the railing. Of course, the lights were low; and flash photography was forbidden. So it was a challenge to get decent pictures. I practiced on some of the dance groups who appeared before Carson came on stage.

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I'll never understand how ballerinas do that standing-on-your-toes thing.

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I just loved the Monarch Butterfly costumes in this dance.

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The lighting gave this shot sort of an artsy feel.

Then it was Carson's turn in the spotlight. His first dance was called "Jedi, We Are."

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In the above photo, Carson is second from left.

His second dance was a tap dance called "Up and Away." I was doing better with the camera by that time so was able to get some better pictures than I had gotten of the Jedi dance.

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Carson is the boy on the left.

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If you look closely, you can see that Carson and the girl behind him are airborne.
 
Here's a video clip of the tap dance:


7 comments:

  1. Very nice, Linda. I know you were proud of Carson. AND your new camera did GREAT..... Love all of the photos.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. You got some awesome shots of the recital! Love the airborne shot and the dark, moody ones. Enjoyed the video, too, with its 1940s vibe. Carson is a natural and seems to really love what he's doing. Good for him! Keep taking your camera out! You're getting better all the time. :)

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  3. love the airborne shot! they're so cute and obviously love what they do. enjoyed the pilots and flight attendants (i'm assuming!) in the video!

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  4. I love seeing pictures of young people, like your Carson, giving a performance everything they've got.

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  5. As a former teacher, I'm going to give you an 'A' in learning how to use your new camera. Low-light photography is tricky, but your photos are marvelous. Carson is quite a dancer (and good-looking, too!).

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  6. You must be so proud of Czrson.. I know you are. And of yourself, as well you should be.. for doing so well with the camera under difficult lighting. Excellent!

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  7. Well done pictures under the bad lighting conditions and I really enjoyed the video, Linda. I understand why you're proud of Carson. :)

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