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    Christmas Dance

    My daughter was getting ready for a her first real dance, and I grabbed this snap. This was an exercise for me to remember that I can get decent photos WITHOUT a lot of lighting 'stuff'. Just a bounce flash here.

    Christmas Dance

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    Looks good Brian - hope their weren't any boys at this dance though ... you'd be in for no end of trouble with them!

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    Re: Christmas Dance

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    Looks good Brian - hope their weren't any boys
    at this dance though ... you'd be in for no end of trouble with them!
    Christmas Dance 100%

    Brian, if you don't already own at least one, now is the time to invest in a
    nice side-by-side 12ga. Trust me on this; I have raised 2 daughters, both of
    which are now [finally] grown, married to great guys and have kids of their own.
    At her age, any boys visiting (if they're not pounding down the door already) simply
    need to see that sitting above the mantle to get the point....DON'T mess with
    my daughter...Christmas Dance

    If they do ask what it's there for, just give 'em a big smile and tell them
    it comes in handy when there's a snake hanging around and messing
    with your daughter....

    It's a great pic, and she looks beautiful in the photo. I do hope you've saved a
    nice 8x10 of it for both of you to remember this most historic event. (Perhaps not to
    you, but it is to her!)

    Mike

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    Re: Christmas Dance

    Proof positive you don't need a bunch of lights to get a great shot. Certainly one to remember.

    I agree with the need for a shotgun for effect. However, I believe it is most effective to be carefully polishing the weapon when the boy arrives. Sit him down next to you and have a short conversation about how you value your daughter's life more than you do your own... along with the fact you don't shoot to kill but to horribly maim! "Now don't be late son as I have a tendency to make assumptions. Have a nice evening and you should probably get her back a few minutes early."

    Great photo. Good Luck!

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    LOL, you all are crazy! A 12 ga double? Really? I was thinking cleaning my pistols during visitation would be a sufficient deterrent, but you all have convinced me that a 12 ga Remington 870 should be on my Christmas list

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    I've been told that the "trick" is to look the boys straight in the eye and in a dead pan tone say "let's get one thing perfectly clear right from the start ... you'd better not break her heart because I don't give a **** about going back to prison"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    I've been told that the "trick" is to look the boys straight in the eye and in a dead pan tone say "let's get one thing perfectly clear right from the start ... you'd better not break her heart because I don't give a **** about going back to prison"!
    That is perfect! Brevity is king...

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    Re: Christmas Dance

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    I've been told that the "trick" is to look the boys straight in the eye and in a dead pan tone say "let's get one thing perfectly clear right from the start ... you'd better not break her heart because I don't give a **** about going back to prison"!
    Indeed I do not!
    Good one Colin

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    Brian,
    great shot, it makes you wonder why we are all willing to buy extra lighting kit to try and get that perfect picture, when pictures like this can be taken, just by bouncing the flash. Well done mate.
    Last edited by JPS; 4th December 2011 at 10:55 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPS View Post
    Brian,
    great shot, it make you wonder why we are all willing to buy extra lighting kit to try and get that perfect picture, when pictures like this can be taken, just by bouncing the flash.
    Hi John,

    In all seriousness, I think the answer to that question comes down to the scope of the exercise;


    - if it's a casual affair and one is happy for any and/all keepers that they end up with, then a minimalist approach is fine (in fact it's a darn site easier than bringing out the heavy artillery) Case in point, you take 50 shots and get 1/2 dozen you like then all is good. Contrast that though where ...


    - you need to get a far higher keeper rate, and conditions may not be as favourable (eg a professional employed to shoot a school ball - where they'd be hung, drawn, and quartered if they only managed 1/2 dozen keepers from an evenings shooting).

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    Re: Christmas Dance

    Agreed Colin.
    I was driven by my Thanksgiving weekend, where I did get some nice photos of the kids with my big guns blazing, but that's all I took!
    So I was inspired to just take some 'snaps' to remind myself that it's OK to do that - especially for memories' sake!

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    So I was inspired to just take some 'snaps' to remind myself that it's OK to do that - especially for memories' sake!
    Hi Brian,

    I think that a lot of photographers forget to do that - we get so caught up with chasing "trophy" shots that we forget the simple stuff. I think some of my fondest family memories are photos and videos shot with my iPhone.

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    Re: Christmas Dance

    Gorgeous Brian...

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    Re: Christmas Dance

    I just sold all my guns..... Good job i dont have a cutie of a daughter like yours, nice shot brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark von Kanel View Post
    I just sold all my guns..... Good job i dont have a cutie of a daughter like yours, nice shot brian
    Who probably right at the moment is saying something like "Daaaad, why did you have to go and post that on the internet for everyone to see -- I look awful!"

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    Re: Christmas Dance

    Well thats gratitude for you i suppose!

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    Re: Christmas Dance

    Thanks Mark and Kay
    LOL@ Colin - actually I think she likes this photo

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    Thanks Mark and Kay
    LOL@ Colin - actually I think she likes this photo
    Hi Brian,

    The proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say ... When she voluntarily posts it on her Facebook page then we'll know for sure!

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    Re: Christmas Dance

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    I've been told that the "trick" is to look the boys straight in the eye and in a dead pan tone say "let's get one thing perfectly clear right from the start ... you'd better not break her heart because I don't give a **** about going back to prison"!
    I need to remember this!

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    I need to remember this!
    Yeah - it's a goodie

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