Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Dance in Dundas Square

Today, April 29, 2009 is International Dance Day (World Dance Day) - this date was picked to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre. In honour that date, Dance Umbrella of Ontario put on a free show to the public on the Sunday, April 26, 2009.

From their website:
"Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO) is proud to present an afternoon of FREE dance activities at Yonge-Dundas Square, featuring a variety of dance forms and Toronto-based performers. On stage and off the stage, the square will be alive with assorted performances, interactive dance presentations, open classes and information on an array of dance styles & traditions. We are excited to share the news that Natalli Reznik and Lisa Auguste of the inaugural season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada will be joining us on Sunday afternoon."

I didn't stay for the whole show but here are some pics from that day.

Natalli Reznik and Lisa Auguste


Jennifer Hicks - NIA

Vivace Studios


Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Inspired by Nick Turpin

April 11, 2009

The Holy Grail of cameras is one that has a F1.2 lens, zooms from 18-300mm, shoots from iso 100-64000 without noise and can fit inside a shirt pocket. I know - physically impossible. However, I have found that the Panasonic LX3 gets me a step closer on my quest for the perfect camera.

I have been swapping back and fore between my trusty DSLR and P&S cameras for clubs because I want to get back dancing again. The latest experiment is the LX3, small enought to just fit in my pant pockets and has a fast lens but it doesn't have a long lens or great high ISO performance. However, it does have a flash hot shoe and watching Nick's video gave me an idea I tried out on Sat.

Nick Turpin street portraits for Menshealth from Nick Turpin on Vimeo.

DJ Geronimo hosted a Mambo Dance Wear April Party at Dovercourt house on Sat. night. For this event, I got the LX3 with my old SB-24 flash mounted on a monopod, flash was trigger by radio signal via the camera hot shoe. I of course couldn't afford 2 assistants holding 2 lights as Nick does in his video and I didn't have a snoot on my flash so I used the zoom setting on the SB-24. Below are some samples from the experiment.

DJ Geronimo


It's hard to aim the camera and the flash on a monopod at the same time - sometimes the aim is off on one of them...

Easter Long Weekend

April 9, 2009

Thursday night before the long weekend. No work on Good Friday!

DJ Gio, has a Thursday Salsa night out at Zio Supper Club - I haven't had a chance to check it out till that night. It turns out I have been there before but under a different name. Zio was the Carnaval Brazilian Grill - layout has been changed but that mall sure gets busy on Thursday nights.

Trying out the new camera here - I think the Fuji F30 is about to be retired. The Panasonic LX3 seems more responsive than the older F30. Plus I don't have to push the iso as much with an F2 lens.

DJ Gio playing with the band

Here is the birthday dance for Deniz

Birthday dance for Tyrone

Shelley & Andrew's Wedding

March 28, 2009

I was a guest at the wedding party of Shelley & Andrew. A great party and performance was put on by the happy couple. With the number of Salsa dancers at the party - there had to be a dance circle - in fact there were 2 dance circles - one for Shelley and one for Andrew.





Last May, I did an engagement shoot for Shelley & Andrew which looked liked a wedding shoot because they wanted to be in formal wear instead of their street clothes. I had great fun and wish them well in their future together.




Friday, 10 April 2009

Winter Salsa Carnival

March 12-15, 2009

The 4th annual Winter Salsa Carnival - 2 days of workshops and 4 nights of performances and partying. This year marked the return to a theatre venue. Some of you may remember that the 1st Carnival was held at the Capital Event Theatre. This year the theatre selected was the Betty Oliphant Theatre.


Shooting with theatre lighting is great - if you can get the colour balance correct and ignore your camera metering. I have found once the shows start - going full manual exposure is the way to go for me. If you can afford the time to post process - go RAW as well.

Lots of cameras at the Pre-party!

Friday's Tech Rehearsal - Saltimambo

In the dressing room - Deniz and Anya from Los Salsomanos Dance Team

From Friday's show - Leon & Noemie from UK and Paris

From Sat's show - Vanessa & Francis

From Sunday's show & party - Victor & Katia.