The Dance Lesson

Ginny Schmidt

St. Petersburg, United States

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There was a cute young girl at the casino the other night, with the most beautiful legs. [I AM old enough to be her grandmother, so I can admire pretty legs…mine weren’t so bad either, when I was her age, OMG a half century ago.] During the lesson, she happened to pause by my table. Camera was on the table, me being unobtrusive and all that, the better to get the candid shot, so the edge of the table intruded itself into the lower corner of the picture. Erasing it did not seem feasible, so I used it to title the picture. Then I put a similar corner treatment in my old Phantom Dancer picture and posted it, too.

The guy is a friend that I sometimes dance with. He is a good dancer and also good at teaching. He is always ready to lend a helping hand to a newbie, which is what he is doing here.

I was briefly puzzled by the difference in the intensity in these two pictures. The fact that Phantom was taken months ago and this one was taken only last night (Dec 19), doesn’t explain it. Then I realized. The Dance Lesson was shot during the dance lesson (duh), when all the overhead lights in the casino are on. After the lesson, they dim the room for the regular dancing. The light from the chandeliers has a more golden quality … less of the “operating room” aspect of the lighting for lessons.

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