Last Sunday was a great day of dancing in the heart of downtown Washington, DC! Jennifer and Fabio Bonini’s DC Dance Challenge is always a friendly and fun event in early October. We have enjoyed reconnecting with so many local dance studios and dancers as they put on their dresses and dance shoes for the judges. The editing of all the photos from the event are now going up to the website. They should be ready to view this afternoon! Here is the address where you will be able to view all the photos:
We arrived early and had no problems getting setup in the Atrium Ballroom at the Ronald Reagan Building. Now that is was our second year at this venue, we really had a much easier time finding where to get better photos of the dancers on the floor. After going through all the photos form the day, I am happy with how they came out. I hope you check them out and let me know how you find them!
DC Dance Challenge
The organizers, staff, and volunteers that helped out the event really did a great job. The DJ had a great music setup, and the MC did very well with his second time hosting this event. It is a tough job to go through all those awards! The judges also have a unique interaction with the dancers and audience at this event with the Dancing with the DC Stars event in the evening. It gives them a chance to give comments to choreographed pieces directly to the dancers with the audience watching and listening. They gave some great comments that will help the dancers further develop their dancing, and the audience learned along with them. Thanks to all of you that visited our booth and our website for the images! More postings from this event will be coming to the blog soon.
This must be the season for ballroom dancing. We just finished one big event, but we have a couple more right around the corner! On October 5, we are going to be in downtown Washington, DC for the DC Dance Challenge. We always enjoy covering this event because of the great dancing, and of course the familiar faces! It is great to connect with so many local dance enthusiasts and professionals.
The venues that the organizers choose for this event has always been great for photos! In previous years, the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo served as the backdrop, but they have switched to the beautiful Atrium Ballroom at the Ronald Reagan Building. If you have driven around the large Federal buildings in DC, you no doubt have seen this imposing structure in the Federal Triangle area. Right off the main atrium of the building is the large ballroom that is perfect for holding dancesport events. We had a great time shooting in the space that held a great showcase for the dancers and their talents.
Looking at the website for this year’s competition, it looks like it will be another great event! In the evening, they have some great professional shows where there are lots of exciting photos to be made. My favorite from the day is the Dancing with the DC Stars Showcase competition where the dancers get to hear directly from the judges right after their performance, and with the audience watching. There is a lot of nervous tension in the air, but it really pushed the dancers to do their best, and the audience gets a great show! If you are in the area in a few weekends, try and make it – the organizers and attendees are some of the friendliest around, and you will enjoy a great showcase.
It has been a while since I have taken a trip that needed a jetplane to get to the destination. This was a good occasion – an out of town wedding! The best part, is that I did not have any work to do for the wedding! It was another trip that did not have a work-related component attached. So, I went into the trip with a more relaxed approach. However, I still wanted to make some good photos. Especially since it is not every day that I get the chance to travel.
For the trip, I planned what gear to take that would let me take a range of photos without weighing me down too much. Paring down the gear list will also let me carry it onto planes without too much fuss. I brought my Fuji X100s which has a 35mm lens, and my iPhone. For the “big” camera, I brought my Nikon D800 with 3 lenses – a 14mm for a wide angle, a 50mm which is a small, normal, lens, and a 105mm macro lens that I could use as a telephoto or portrait lens.
Fog Over Chicago
The first plane we boarded was an almost factory-new Embraer 175. From the inside, the modern design was really evident with what seemed like a lot of headroom and legroom for a small regional jet. The first leg of the trip was supposed to be from Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) to Chicago’s O’Hare airport (ORD). The E-175 and the crew provided a smooth flight to Chicago, but Mother Nature had a wrench into the landing plans. Due to the Polar Vortex that brought a lot of cold down from the Arctic, the Great Lakes stayed frozen for much longer than usual. With the warm air starting to arrive it created a lot of fog off the lakes. You can see from this photo, that there is a thick layer of fog closer to the ground. Chicago is usually one of the most beautiful cities to see from the air. With Lake Michigan taking up most of the view, and the tall towers, it is a great view from the plane. Not on this trip! Zooming in, you can just see the top of Willis Tower, the 2nd tallest building in the US.