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Did They Melt My Face Off – This girl came close…

Jul 29, 2019

The image above is Azyra Izel, which seems to fit. In fact, all of the images in this posting are of her performance in July's Moonshine Hafla, Melt Your Face Off Edition. She made it look easy, while commanding one's full attention – which is always a sign that you really know what you're doing when it's something obviously this difficult. What helped, and we've attended a number of these things, is that she has uncanny control over her facial expressions while dancing, making for a lot more great shots. And then, perhaps I need to stop whining so much over those dastardly pure blue lights that occasionally douse the stage and ruin pictures. Azyra actually looks cool when those are converted to B&W and tortured into giving up their secrets. Azyra is like April Monique in that, after a shoot, there are so many angles and shots that are good, it’s very, very difficult to make the necessary choices. No way to do them all. This is the first of two postings covering July's Moonshine Hafla – Melt Your Face Off Edition.

Check Azyra out below when the blue lights hit… I caught her in full spin, with her hair flying. the normally disasterous blue lighting gives the image a solarized effect in places. The only things really sharp are parts of her face and hair. This is my personal favorite.

OK, I can’t stop myself – here’s one more. The bottom of the image motion shows much better the larger the image is. Again, there are simply so many to choose from…

Whew, Nan just came in and said I had enough, and to get myself together and go out and get something to have with the avacado dip she just made……


My New 50-140 (74-213 equivalent) f/2.8 ED Lens – first outing…

My new lens increased the percentage of usable shots in this extremely low lighting considerably – and is a dream to use.  As always with something new, there are a couple of issues. First, darn, darn, darn – with the 55-200 I almost never had to bother with the lens hood, the 50-140, with its wider aperture and huge glass right up front, catches ambient glare a lot easier. I'll have to bite the bullet and get used to adding four inches of ugly, awkward lens hood to the end of the thing. I didn't see that one coming – but it will save me considerable grief upcoming First Friday.

The other issue was with the faster face-recognition focusing – I soon got to trusting/relying on it too much and sometimes clicked too quick, trying to keep up with the action. My bad, A lot of gain there but not always quicker than my anxious shutter finger.

And then there's the sheer weight of the thing – not an issue at first, but after a couple of hours it can be quite a chore to keep lifting the camera with that monster on it up to one's eye. But, again, I have something of a solution. I took an old camera bag strap, rigged it into a circle and found I can put it around my neck, down my back and around my left elbow to both brace and stabilize my left support arm. Nan's rigging it up with a pad for my neck. I'll test it out this First Friday and report – this could be one of my better "inwentions".