developing practice, Development practice progress

Tea Dance – Obsession, Developing Practice.

The Tea Dance, is a social group for anyone that enjoys ballroom dancing and sequence dancing. There are only a few people who dance ballroom so it is mainly sequence dancing, however the few who can do ballroom dancing would like more people to join that can do several styles of dancing within this type of style dance.  The group is very small and friendly, when it first began there were approximately one hundred members. The members are concerned for the group and the lack of interest in this long term style of dance. That unfortunately the fear that sequence and ballroom is dying off, and soon will be an historical fact, because the following generations do not have interest in dancing.

I called Kenny the person which runs the group and I asked if it would be possible to take photos’ and video clips.  He was very pleased about my interest in the group and invited me to the group.  I have only managed to shoot once, due to other commitments at University.  However I am going again tomorrow and I am very much looking forward to seeing everyone again and getting some video coverage and more photographs.  I did not get many photographs the first week as I was busy introducing myself and getting familiar with the camera I had borrowed from the University stores.  I had very little time to go through the camera, as I collected it an hour before the group started.  So in the morning before I left I watched a you tube video on where the settings were.


The members of the group were all very welcoming and were pleased to meet me. They told me some of their history and one person knew my grandfather from my mothers side.  Below are contact sheets and a few photographs’ from my first shoot.  I aim to go two- three times in total.  Time is getting very near for the submission of the video and photographs, so I am not sure whether I will have time or need to revisit twice, that one more time may give me enough footage and photos’ for what I need at this time.

First shoot:





Second shoot:

Tea Dance shoot – Plus photographs’ on white card of what was the local public house, before it was demolished. Photos’ of the Public house are from the Community Centres archive.

The weather was glorious and the sun was shining through the windows, which was fantastic.  The shoot went well,  but unfortunately a few photographs were not very sharp.

The shadows and light really added definition and atmosphere to the photos.  I was very pleased with the ambient light source on this shoot and I found I did not have to increase the ISO very much, I found 400-800 was sufficient. PDF below with some photos’ from this shoot.

I also used the 50 mm lens which I found difficult to get used to, but realised the photographs had more clarity.  I also noticed  the brightness of the photos’ which both elements made a massive difference creatively.  I found because I was able to use a wider aperture I did not need to keep increasing the ISO. However the downside of using this lens for me was consistency with sharp images, even when I was using a tripod.

We had some real fun today and they have become more relaxed around me, which is great.




Third shoot

The sun was beaming across the hall so much that I decided to ask some couples to stand in the middle of the light, that flowed through the window behind them so that I could take full body portraits, incorporating the wonderful natural ambient light which lights up the subject, thus creating a nice shadow within the frame and on my subjects.  I directed my subjects where I wanted them to stand, which was in the middle of the light that shone on the floor.

There are some photos’ below on a PDF which demonstrate my desired look of the photographs’ and use of the ambient light.




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