I wish I had the time to pursue balboa more. Luckily there are socials here in Oslo that I can go to every now and again. The dance is much more elegant than any of the other swing dances. I feel that part of this elegance is expressed in the balboa dancer's shoes. It could just be me but do balboa dancers generally wear fancier shoes than other dancers? I want to find out.Read More
Here is a photo that is very special to me. It was taken in a little village on the west coast of Ireland called Roundstone. My grandfather and his family came from this very picturesqueRead More
This past weekend the lovely team from Swingin’ Spring in Göteborg, Sweden invited me over as videographer. In this post I'd like to show you a few videos that I really enjoyed making :)
The above photo was taken from the balcony of my host and friend Mio. She was wonderful in putting up with my late night/morning editing sessions and caring for me in general. The photo is of the most characteristic part of the city skyline, Liseberg and Gothia Towers. It was quickly shot just before heading out to the party and the light was just gorgeous!
The event itself was great craic altogether. The organizers are passionate about the quality they deliver and the dance we all love which is clearly noticeable throughout the whole event. I got to meet and work with a lot of old friends and make some new ones on the way. The sound guys (who were also in charge of the light) were very nice and open to my input which was very cool :)
The first video I want to show you (above) is of the second performance on the Friday evening. The light is very centered on their lower halves and it kind of worked for this show since there were only 3 dancers and they didn't move around much. You can clearly see dark areas in the other videos. I used a standard zoom for the videos to get a nice field of view and not too much distortion.
After Friday we adjusted the lights to cover the dance area better. For the jams I also switched to an ultrawide angle lens that lets me get a lot closer to the action and be a little bit more artistic to pull the viewer into the scene. I particularly liked the way that the shim sham video turned out with the interaction from the participants :) Great energy!
Let me know if you liked my lens choice or would have made other choices in the comments below.