I’m still working through my photos from Italy and managed to find a few gems. So naturally instead of sharing them at this point I’m going to put in another of my “holy sky” compositions because clouds are still relatively rare in Arizona. I love high contrast cloudy skies so long as they’re few and far between. It always makes me think of the heavens opening and the light of the future shining forth.

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October 3rd 2018 I was privileged to be allowed to photograph the Scorpius Dance Theatre dress rehearsal of their show “A Vampire Tale.” I’ve seen this group perform several times and their shows are always amazing.

This shoot was a major technical challenge as I couldn’t use lights or flashes and, while having seen the show during a previous run, I wasn’t familiar with what was to come. I had to balance shutter speed against a very high ISO (2500!) such that I would get enough light but also not end up with motion blur, and then anticipate where the dancers were going to go. I had a lot of fun doing it and have some nice results.

A special thank you to Lisa and the company for allowing me this opportunity!

Gallery here (still being added to during October 2018)
Scorpius Dance Theatre – A Vampire Tale

IPA 2018 Award Seal

While I was away (that’s for another post) I was fortunate enough to find out I received Honorable Mention in the International Photo Awards with my photo “Into Dreamtime” (below). This photo continues to be popular and gain some notice. I am grateful to my willing subject for working with me, for without my creative partners I would have nothing to submit.

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I recently watched a YouTube video where the creator listed sunsets as a cliche of photography (and yet he didn’t include old buildings, railroad tracks, the homeless…). Maybe he has a point, and yet I love sunsets. Have you ever seen two that are exactly the same, especially when clouds are involved? Each one unique in color and form, each one a moment that reminds us that there are beautiful things in this world. And as it’s just a collection of water vapor and light rays, are we not the beautiful ones for deciding they are such?

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted because I’ve largely been trying to catch up from all the shooting I did in June and July. I hate being so behind in my editing (I usually try to have a week turnaround), but I’ve done a LOT of underwater shoots and it takes a while to cull all the pictures I take to find the very best.

Meanwhile here’s a quick shot from this evening at the local 5 & Diner.