The watcher

By mrswoolybill
More from the ceilidh. I was on the door, plus selling raffle tickets, plus I did fancy the odd dance, but I had a cunning plan for the evening and was determined to see it through.
So... ISO 1600, 16mm, Shutter Priority at 1/5 second giving me mostly around f6.3, built-in flash set to rear-curtain sync, camera sitting on the table ready. Then pray that the dancers move fast and the guy at the next table sits still...
This one caught the effect that I wanted, for me there’s a brightness in the girl’s blurred face and her hands.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white

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VIKI 15 18 1 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 7:44AM
I love it Moira. Happy New Year!
BobFancy 12 11 4 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 7:47AM
V1 is more eyecatching. Great work.
colmar 14 42 35 Scotland
5 Jan 2010 8:01AM
Great images both ... a sort of voyeuristic feel with the watcher ! Thanks for sharing Colin
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
5 Jan 2010 8:06AM
I really must pay more attention at my camera club,to find out more about this flashing in the sink at the rear of the curtain.This photography lark maybe start to get more interesting !! I like No2 Moira.The guy has the same elbow rest position as I do at these do's,when I am watching.Just enough movement here.Any more would make me feel tired !!
Good ones.
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
5 Jan 2010 8:22AM
Reminds me of myself at these events, a no good dancer Moira. Ron.
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 8:24AM
You really have captured "that" moment with both of them
I can feel the atmosphere from here
Great stuff
baclark 12 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 8:26AM
Wonderful capture of the movement of the dance, I agree with Colin a sort of voyeuristic feel.
Ceilidhs always have whirling action and masses of noise, sweaty people and booze.

morpheus1955 15 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 8:36AM
Excellent image Moira, definitely looks as if your cunning plan worked and beautifully too.

mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2476 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 8:43AM

Quote:Ceilidhs always have whirling action and masses of noise, sweaty people and booze.

There speaks the voice of experience!
Thanks everyone.
accipiter 12 61 England
5 Jan 2010 9:07AM
Good, evocative mono shots. A
Coast 13 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 9:27AM
Love V1. Really captures the moment. The chair takes a little away as it distracts but hey this is reportage and you take what you see so its not a criticism more a "perfect world" comment.

A great observation and executed very well.

pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 9:34AM
I like the image presented but feel sorry for the man as I feel he would like a partner to dance with Moira - didnt you offer?
freybird 15 1 England
5 Jan 2010 9:43AM
Clever use of shutter speed. Geoff
5 Jan 2010 9:43AM
Great movement.
jaktis 18 84 Sweden
5 Jan 2010 9:52AM
Interesting story and great actionfilled pictures

CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
5 Jan 2010 9:52AM
Superbly captured images, Moira, fantastic feeling of movement. Carol
My eyesight is deteriorating rapidly now, if I didn't go out with my glasses I wouldn't spot a dog, let alone an insect!!
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
5 Jan 2010 10:35AM
Still sober I see, Moira! Two excellent captures, and love that movement in the images...V1's my fave, too...
TrevB Smile
Cor 12 Belgium
5 Jan 2010 10:55AM
Very well taken-LOVE IT.
dianah 15 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 11:52AM
Excellent capture the sense of movement and the mono works really well. Happy New Year to you and all your family !
Joline Plus
15 38 59 United States
5 Jan 2010 12:03PM
V1 really gives the spirit of the occasion. You have caught the dancers at just the most dynamic moment.
Ridgeway 15 222 2 Ireland
5 Jan 2010 12:38PM
Forward planning and well executed.
It could be we are looking at the hunter watching his prey,,
In an attempt to capture his mate,,will he ask her to dance or not,,
Nice one Moira,

Bob_V 14 1 2 United States
5 Jan 2010 2:05PM
Some great action, V1 for me , such wonderful movement.
NevP 16 853 13 Canada
5 Jan 2010 2:33PM
V1 works very well, the dynamic of the bodies sets up an echo and his static mass offsets the movement. Nice job Moira.
great work
gingerdelight 15 298 11 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 3:25PM
Wonderful images yet again, Moira. I love the whirling movements of the dancers and the stillness of the "watcher". Well captured.
SandraKay Plus
14 233 4 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 5:07PM
I wouldn't have thought of using mono for such vibrant images but it most definitely works. I did wonder at first if the gentleman was watching or whether he was 'in his cups' but as Mick says, it's an elbow position often used by men when they're sitting out a dance.
Great work.
SlowSong Plus
13 10.1k 30 England
5 Jan 2010 5:16PM
LOL. Wild.
MickS 17 23 14 England
5 Jan 2010 5:27PM
Watcha Moira,
good stuff, clever.
jonwebber 13 4 1 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 5:47PM
Great shots again, never thought of rear curtain sync for people. Thanks for the idea.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2476 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 5:52PM
Thanks everyone. I've been out all afternoon at a friend's (buffet, hot chocolate puds, hot punch... Smile ) May have recruited a new member for epz...
Jon I got the idea for these from the (remarkably understandable) entry in the D90 handbook. It effectively highlights a figure with motion blur drifting away behind it - rather than moving forward in front of the figure.
glyndwr 14 103 10 Wales
5 Jan 2010 6:45PM
A great idea once again.

paulb20 Plus
15 12 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 7:00PM
Mono was a good choice for this type of shot Moira.
danbrann 17 640 17
5 Jan 2010 7:10PM
A good follow up to yesterdays Moira.
Roly 14 Wales
5 Jan 2010 8:08PM
Your cunning plan has worked well.Great sense of movement captured here.
imagio 15 12 1 England
5 Jan 2010 8:10PM
Superb movement Moira

maggieh 13 4 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 8:53PM
Love the movement and the feeling of enjoyment, the watcher shoul have joined in it looks like fun.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
5 Jan 2010 9:01PM
I like the movement you've captured in these Moira, Dougie's description reminded me of my days playing sunday football many years ago and the aftermatch male bonding in the pub!
I like the movement in this, a great capture and B&W image.
Nigel_95 Plus
16 262 2 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 10:24PM
You have captured the movement (and stasis) well Moira. I know of this technique, but have never tried it. I will have to find out how I can do it with my flashgun.

taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
5 Jan 2010 10:39PM
You did it Moira--- prefer v2-- maybe he does not know how to dance?

John and I finally made it to the Belgium restaurant-- I tried their blond ale-- wonderful stuff-- and I saw your bottle image framed on their wall!

6 Jan 2010 7:49AM
Two great images Moira - the guy looks to me as if he's thinking, Mmmm... shall I/shan't I have a go !

Well taken

nickyv32 14 135 England
6 Jan 2010 8:38AM
Oh dear the chap on the right looks quite fed up, maybe he's had one too many to try the dancing or maybe he has motion sickness, great head spinning shots

Nicky Smile
bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
6 Jan 2010 1:33PM
PERFECT use of shutter speed
clicknimagine Plus
12 938 105 India
6 Jan 2010 2:45PM
very creative exposure, wonderful...
tigertimb 14 40 66 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2010 11:36PM
This is unfair; I've got about 300 shots similar to this from the wedding to post, but I'm still waiting to see the bride and groom first and you've beaten me to it Sad Wink

And superbly I might add; capturing the motion spot on and that lovely big smile showing the fun of the event. And love the guy looking on - is he bored? or is he secretly wanting to dance and hoping someone will bully him into it?

A couple of days late, but may I award you a tiger!
Tim Smile
John_Humphreys 16 69 2 Ireland
9 Jan 2010 10:20PM
As you say yourself, you've captured the fun in the girl's face and the motion. Nice picture. John

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