Down the Docks

October 11, 2006


Filed under: Salsa, Technology — ealing @ 12:58 am

It’s tricky, but someone in my family seems to have the knack.

Firstly, take a look at my cousin’s photo blog. I’m seriously impressed, even if I am biased. I particularly like this one.

Secondly, I can’t take decent photos of people dancing salsa with any camera I have or had. I want to get something that looks like dancing and having fun, and that has some energy or movement to it. I also really want to replace the drab photos on Wikipedia’s page about salsa dancing. Latin ART Online have a reasonable go at it, and I like a lot of their photos, but some of them seem quite lifeless. My cameraphones have not dealt well with a combination of movement and darkness, and my little Olympus has a definite pause between pressing the shutter button and taking the photo, which makes it impossible to use for an action shot. The result is this:


or maybe this:


People aren’t where you want them, and they aren’t looking where they should be. Maybe there’s more to this photography lark than I thought.



  1. I think this is one of those rare occasions where you can blame your equipment. For proper photography you can’t do without a decent SLR. Your cousin seems to have a Nikon D200 (which costs just under a grand, without a lens). Also you need to reel off lots and lots of shots to get a good one with moving subjects.

    Comment by beest — October 15, 2006 @ 8:39 am

  2. The new mobile has a “burst” mode, perhaps I should look into that. It probably wouldn’t have coped with the low light though.

    Comment by ealing — October 15, 2006 @ 2:21 pm

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