Tonight (actually, I’m posting this early enough that it’s probably “last night” by now), Michael Williams put on an awesome get-together. In addition to some great Indian food, Michael and his wife organized a belly dancing show for us.
Yes, belly dancing. Here’s one of the better photos from the night, with a slow enough shutter speed to show off the action (and some post-processing to punch up the contrast):
The restaurant was a challenging shooting environment because the ambient light level was so low that a lot of the photos came out grainy. Even at ISO 1600, the ambient light required 1/8 – 1/15 second exposures. I tried using the camera’s built-in flash with a index card jury-rigged into a bounce card. A couple of times, it even worked really well, as with this shot of FrÃ©dÃ©rique with her back to the camera. With the flash, I was able to cut the shutter speed to 1/40 second, and freeze a wonderfully radiant smile: