Friday, October 24, 2008

Alexander Graham Bell(y)

The Hip Bone’s Connected To The, Um, Gold Discs

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


When you come face-to-face with a belly dancer, what’s the first thing you do? Emulate her moves? Naaah. You try and work out the best angle to take a photograph.

She was part of a celebration at Federation Square, here in Melbourne and it was a leisurely lunchtime when the light was great. I was struck by the vivid colours of her costume and of course by the row of miniature gold discs around her entire waist.

I wasn’t using a long lens, so I walked up and asked her if I could stand beside her and take some shots of the wonderful colours around her hips. She thought it was a hoot and told me to go ahead and take as many shots as I wanted.

One small problem. She figured that I wanted her to do her signature belly dance while I took the shots. Er, no. I wanted no movement at all, so I could get a shot without the discs shimmering and jingling in rapid motion.

I reckon I took half a dozen shots before I got this one of the discs as close to sharp focus as possible. Not so much a case of disc jockey, as a clear example of disc jerky.

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19 comments:

Carolyn said...

Hi David,
I love your images! I fantasize about being a consistently good photographer ... I've still got a long way to go but I'd love it if you'd check out some of my work on my son's blog (www.charliethenorthstardog.blogspot.com). The photos are mine and the blog is intended for folks considering a service dog for their autistic children.
Thanks! Carolyn

leslie said...

You certainly have a way with words as well as with the camera. Loved this shot,especially when I clicked to enlarge it.

ValleyGirl said...

And did your wife actually buy this story?!

Great picture and narrative ~ as always.

Chris said...

That's the thing about belly dancers -- they just can't seem to hold still.
I really like the shot.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

boom chicka boom!

Ryanne said...

I would never have gotten a shot like that. I am not brave enough to just ask some stranger if I could take a picture of their mid-drift! I do think it is a great shot.

Cecily R said...

GREAT shot, as always.

Your way with words ALWAYS makes me smile. And disc jerky made me laugh.

lisaschaos said...

I love that you had the courage to just walk right up, ask, and shoot. Great color! Fun image!

Weeksie50 said...

What a great image.
What a fun title..

Maggie May said...

David, only YOU would be concentrating on her waist!
Brilliant shots...... love the colours. Not quite sure that I believe your story though!
Didn't the camera slip just a little!

Golightly said...

Thanks for that last line, it makes me feel better about having to take several shots to get the right one in focus.

Great shot.

Gretchen said...

Always great shots on your blog. It's a visual feast!

Daryl said...

Shiny stuff fascinates me .. hardest thing to photograph for me ... no flash it blurs, flash and it reflects .. gotta play more with the ISO ..

I Disc you not!

:-Daryl

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Ooooh, I love the texture of this shot David!

kids toys said...

Thank you very much for sharing. Just like everyone said, I love your images posted. You can really get readers through that plus good content too!

Sandy Kessler said...

At first glanceI thought well he's swung another way !! hahasandy

spacedlaw said...

I used to belly dance hen I lived in Holland and most pictture I took of my friends or those that were taken of me are indeed blurred. And no picture can do credit to the noise those belts are making!

katherine. said...

hmmm.

makes me wonder about the perspective on the OTHER shots.

Louise said...

I remember seeing this one in my reader, but didn't want to mess up the numbers. (I'm a little too uptight sometimes.) I love it. The composition is perfect, and the subject is exquisite. EXCELLENT photo.