That's My Girl.... (Aerial Angels Acrobatics Troupe)

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© Mal Stewart
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UploadedOctober 29, 2009
TakenOctober 29, 2009
ModelCanon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Exposure1/125 sec at f/4.5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length105 mm
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Oh's been nearly three months since I've posted anything. I seem to have lost the plot, and interest in a major sort of way, the photography mojo has forsaken me, and believe me.....I really hate that, (not having the grunt to get out there and mix it up after not having a camera out of my hands for close to 25 years).

I'm saying a big thank you to Matt Granz for his support in my time of "not a lot of interest" which may very well continue, it really is appreciated.

From school girl to Aerial Angel....

If you want to "fav" this, I'd appreciate a comment !

This is my daughter Samara performing last night at the Arts Centre on the Gold Coast in Queensland in her year 12 presentation night 28 Oct 2009,(last year of school for her).
She also features in an earlier image that I've posted here on JPG titled "Samara At Speed"

I've got a feeling I could be "hung out to dry" (no pun intended) so to speak for uploading this and maybe the next image.

The reason being that they are particularly grainy (especially this one) but I'm doing it anyway and I'll cop the fallout gracefully.Where I took them there is a supposedly "strict" ruling of "no flash photography of any description" allowed.

As I was walking into the venue there is a sign that is impossible to miss right next to the door of the theatre stating this, along with a myriad of other do's and dont' food, no drinks, no phones etc,etc,etc. not that it seemed to matter on this occasion.

Me being the rule abiding upstanding citizen that I am !!!!.... I actually made a point of leaving my dedicated Canon flash in the car so as I couldn't even be tempted to use it, and taking up the challenge at hand, (capturing my daughter in full flight performing approximately 10 meters above the stage with no safety lines in front of a capacity crowd and hoping it all works out without the aid of a flash or tripod in extremely low light while hand holding a 400mm L Series lens and camera.
Well, little did I know what a bunch of out of control, law breakers I was being surrounded by ( a certain extent).

My wife and I settled in and got a nice aisle seat so that I could get up for shooting when the time arrived without tripping over everyone and being a general pain in the ass to the other punters.
I set the camera up to what I thought would meet the challenge of this severely light deprived situation, manual setting on TV, ISO @ 1600, shutter speed @ 125 and hoped to hell it would all work out in the end.
Every time I hit that shutter release I was holding my breath to try and keep that big piece of heavy glass attached to the camera body from moving around and screwing everything up.
The minute the lights went down for the night to begin, all I could see were flashes going off all around me....was I jealous, sort of, but basically NO. I was intent on making it work, did it !
It does for me, that's for sure.

12 responses

  • Kevin Kabuki

    Kevin Kabuki gave props (29 Oct 2009):

    How does one become an acrobat/scarf walker? It doesn't seem part of the normal high school process. As far as the photo mojo abandonment, yeah, it happens. Sometimes it's best to let it go instead of fighting with it. Everyone has a muse, and muses are fickle things. Been there, will be again I'm sure.

  • Mal Stewart

    Mal Stewart said (29 Oct 2009):

    Thanks Kevin. She seems to have been born with it and has been into gymnastics / dance since about age five and cant get enough of is #1 (and her school heavily promotes dance / art ).... and acrobatics is definitely her #2.

    As for the photographic mojo abandonment, yeah, I let it go muse is in overtime lately, but I can't work out if it's pushin' or pullin'.

  • Hassan al Raisi

    Hassan al Raisi gave props (29 Oct 2009):

    Beautiful so well done >> voted

  • Aloha Montgomery

    Aloha Montgomery gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    graceful, lovely photo - despite the 'rules' you indeed made it work!!

  • Bill Van Gelder

    Bill Van Gelder gave props (4 Dec 2009):

    Very Nice capture.

  • e t

    e t (Deleted) gave props (4 Dec 2009):

    Awesome, moments like this make for a proud father

  • Mal Stewart

    Mal Stewart said (6 Dec 2009):

    Thanks for the good feedback everyone, and yeah Ed, I'm definitely a pretty proud dad when I see her doing this stuff. It amazes me actually and scares me at the same time......that's a long way to fall if things go pear shaped, but I have faith in her knowing her stuff.

  • Matt Granz

    Matt Granz gave props (14 Dec 2009):

    I have a friend who has sort of "made it" in music playing in the M Ward band and I asked him last time he came to town if I could be allowed to bring my camera and he politely told me that M doesn't like to be photographed… so I didn't bring my camera. When the show started, everyone had a camera of one kind or another and I proceeded to kick myself. The lesson is: do what you want to do and let the bouncers tell you to stop. This is a beautiful pic. You framed it fantastically Mal. I can see the father's pride in every aspect of this shot. The lighting worked out well too. A flash might have led to a loss on the color tones provided by the stage lights, so it might very well have been a good thing you didn't use one. The noise ratio is extremely low for 1600 ISO. My D90 doesn't even perform this well at that setting. Lastly, thanks for the kind words in this post. Sorry to have been away so long my friend. Now get back out and shoot some more!

  • M.-H. Buckley

    M.-H. Buckley (Deleted) said (14 Dec 2009):

    it worked!!!, thank you for sharing a lovely graceful and amazing image...

  • Greg Elliott

    Greg Elliott gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    Your story is amazing and so is your Daughter you should be very proud.

  • Sara Knick

    Sara Knick gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    Very cool.

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (28 Aug 2010):

    I always prefer no flash for shots like this. Available spots are usually intense enough to get photos, especially if you shoot at burst mode with an AV setting. One of them will usually be good. Plus you get the dark background out of range of the spots. I'd be willing to bet your shot is better than virtually all the flash shots.

    Your daughter! Holy moly. She seems incredibly talented and athletic.

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