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Gertie Dancing

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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At the historic Diamond Tooth Gertie’s in Dawson City in the gold rush Klondike region of the Yukon, I found myself at the back of the hall during the floor show on 29 August 2008. (1.051 views on 9 November 2013.)

It was the only time in my whole week in the Yukon that I left my second camera in my hotel room, with my 70-300mm lens. Because I’d never been to Gertie’s before, I just assumed that one camera, with my favourite 18-125mm lens, would be sufficient.

I was wrong. I was SO wrong. But when this segment of the floor show began, with each dancer using long, broad ribbons, I had to pick up my camera and do my best. (By the way, I have never used a tripod in my life!)

I do not crop or post-edit my work in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, with a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F4.5, 1/20 sec, ISO 800, focal length 58mm.

Featured in MOVEMENT: MOTION BLUR, May 2009.

Featured in BLACK WITH A HINT OF COLOR, August 2009.

Featured in SPEAKING PHOTOS, August 2009.

Featured in ANYTHING THEATRICAL, September 2009.

Top 10 in UNTOUCHED challenge, June 2010.

Featured in UNTOUCHED, June 2010.

Top 10, CANDID AROUND THE WORLD Challenge, June 2010.

Featured in IF IT DOESN’T BELONG, July 2010.

Featured in IF IT MOVES, SHOOT IT, December 2010.

Featured in LOW LIGHT, DARK BACKGROUND, March 2011.

Featured in DANCE PHOTOGRAPHY, May 2011.

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