I had an assignment to photograph the music in the renovated ballroom at a local nursing home last night. When I got there everyone was sitting down and their were two musicians who were sitting down against the wall - it didn't look good for a picture at all. And this story is destined for Page 1 at some point. It was dark and I was trying to use natural light to capture this one elderly woman who finally got up and danced all around as the other residents watched her, some laughing, some looking on as if they didn't approve(I love this dynamic of personalities in any situation you find all the same types of personalities!). The lighting wasn't working very well and her movements weren't big to really show dancing. She kept concentrating on dancing to the camera as well. I was in trouble for getting a good picture out of this! At one point I decided just to pop off a couple frames with the pop-up flash on the camera on, something I've done only one other time before. I took about 4 frames before looking at the back of the camera to discover I completely blew the dancer out. On the back of my camera she looked like a perfect cutout so decided not to delete them but see what they looked like back at the office. When the image popped up on the monitor and I saw a smiley face appear in the vast white of the over exposed completely washed out figure I realized something special had occurred. Serendipity decided to give me a funny image today!
I also hung around long enough to capture this woman as she made her rounds to sit on the laps of the men in the audience as she sang and danced along to the two piece band. Someone was looking after me and helped me find a diamond in the rough - a couple of them. And a couple of the dancing pictures ended up working out ok as well. I even got a good basketball picture after that. It was a good night!
The lap dance photo is already one picture that I know will make it into my favorites of 2009. Maybe even the screw up photo will be there too!