Lumix Diaries Dancing with Fire

Posted Mar. 23rd, 2016 by Daniel J. Cox

Two days ago I saw this interesting local native man down by the dock. With a little inquiry I found he was a traditional dancer, with a body covered in traditional tattoos. Did you know the word tattoo originated in French

Lumix Diaries Instagram Blog Polynesia?  I did some checking and found a way to hire him for an evening of photography during the blue light hour. The bright sphere behind his left hand is the full moon, and no I did not request he strike a pose and let me take

the photo. This was shot with no coaxing during his fifteen minute dance performed for me, my wife Tanya, and the team from strippers in virginia beach. Basically a private show.

Photo Details

I shot this image with the Lumix GX8 and the fastest wide angle lens I have which is the Olympus 12mm (24mm equivalent) F/2. Ideally I would’ve liked an even faster lens but the 12mm Oly is all I currently have. We used a miniature island just

Wheel of fire shot at 1/5 th of a second at F/4 ISO 400

Wheel of fire shot at 1/5 th of a second at F/4 Lumix GX8 with 12mm Olympus, ISO 400

off the resort, and I asked him to perform with the eastern sky as a backdrop. I knew the moon would be very interesting and the blue light was more prominent earlier. This image was actually shot after the best blue light but

Tahitian dancer shot with avaialbe light from torch. Lumix GX8 wth Leica 42.5mm ISO 400

Tahitian dancer shot with avaialbe light from torch. Lumix GX8 wth Leica 42.5mm, ISO 400

the moon was so intense I decided to select this as the image to show. This image was captured at 1/125th. of a second at F/2.2 with and  ISO of 1250. No noise reduction was used in processing any of these photos in Lightroom.

Natural Exposures scouting party with Tanya in the lead followed by Deb Friedel, Amy Frank and Kiersti and Dusty Felska. Hey somebody has to help us count locations. Lumix GX8 with Olympus 12mm F/2. ISO 1600

Natural Exposures scouting party with Tanya in the lead followed by Deb Friedel, Amy Frank, and Kiersti and Dusty Felska. Hey somebody has to help us scout locations. Lumix GX8 with Olympus 12mm F/2, ISO 1600

 

 

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  1. Portrait of Ray Hirsch

    Ray HirschOn Mar. 29th, 2016

    Hi Dan,

    Whoa! it doesn’t get any better than that. NZ is the #1 place on our bucket list and I have been actively looking for guided photo trips for the last year or so, but have not found the right trip so far. We have never been, but understand that many of the best areas for photographers are on the South Island. Just sign us up, we can be ready to go any time.

    All the best,

    Ray

  2. Portrait of Ray Hirsch

    Ray HirschOn Mar. 29th, 2016

    Hi Dan and Tanya,
    Looks like you guys are having an awful lot of fun “working”! But somebody’s got to do it!
    Margie and I were just there for the first time last October and absolutely loved the Tahitian Islands.
    If your planning a Explorers’ tour, sign us up!

    All our best,

    Ray & Margie

    • Portrait of Daniel J. Cox

      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 29th, 2016

      Funny you should mention that Ray. Keep your eyes peeled for the April Natural Note that will be coming in the next day or so. Info on possible plans for Tahiti/New Zealand trip.

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