Jan Balmelli and Al Walp of Shelton do the Boot Scootin' Boogie at the Valentines Eve dance and fundraiser sponsored by the Mason County Senior activities Center held at the Pavilion in Sentry park in Shelton, Washington on Friday February 13th, 2015
I decided to go to the senior center to photograph their Valentines Eve dance and fundraiser. I'd like to start photographing weddings and engagements so this seemed like a good way to add to my portfolio while getting paid.
Bill Hillstead and Betty Berry dance at the Valentines Eve dance
and fundraiser sponsored by the Mason County Senior activities Center
held at the Pavilion in Sentry park in Shelton, Washington on
Friday February 13th, 2015
I tried to light up the heart with a second flash on a tripod but could not get it to fire remotely so I gave up on that. I think it was a compatibility issue with my two different brands of flashes. I was trying to use my flash in slave and master mode. I really think that radio transmitters are the answer for me but I don't have money for that right now.
I got away with taking the above shot with the heart in it at 1/40th with no blur. I suspect that the image stabilization in my new lens helped out a bit, but maybe it was just the wide angle that let me get away with it also popping the flash must have helped. The above photo was shot at 1/40th f/2.8 ISO 1000 at 20mm.
My auto focus was lagging too much and I was missing shots, so I used back button focus. I learned the back button focus trick while shooting basket ball and this was the first time I tried using it on dancers. Back button focus worked out really well, all of the focus delay was eliminated.
I was really happy with this couples hand and body placement in relation to the heart. As far as timing goes I feel like I nailed this shot. Sure there was some luck involved, but it was not all luck. I knew what shot I wanted and I moved the coat rack and then I waited quite awhile and took many pictures over the course of several songs before I got the shot that I wanted. I had this shot visualized in my mind, the lucky part was that it happened at all and that when it did happen the picture was not blurry. I was also lucky that the couple was looking at me but they were not posing.