Last Days of 2010 (part 1)

Where were you on the last days of 2010? I was actually working from the night of Dec. 30th until early morning wee hours of Jan. 1, 2011. First night, I had the privilege to shoot the performance of Akcent, a famous Romanian group who gave us the popular hit entitled: “What’s My Name.”

I needed to get as close as possible in order for me to be able to get THE shot. I’m using a 35-70 Nikkor lens f2.8 because a 24-70 2.8 lens is still out of the budget for now(Click HERE to know whyI’m out of budget). I know it’s sharp at f4 so that is the basis of my aperture. Aperture at f4 shutter speed should be equal or higher than the focal length to avoid camera shake. If both aperture and shutter speed can’t get the right exposure, that’s the time I increase ISO.

Right after the performance, there were a number of sideshows that will lure your attention like these ones.

The main event of the evening was the performance of Celeda.

Here’s a brief introduction of the artist by Wikipedia:

Celeda (real name Victoria Sharpe) is an African American dance music singer and drag performer born in ChicagoIllinois. She began having hits on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart in the late 1990s, beginning with “Music Is the Answer (Dancin’ & Prancin’),” a collaboration with DJ and producer Danny Tenaglia that peaked at number 15 in 1998. The track reached #36 in the UK Singles Chart in September 1998.

This has been one wicked party! The crowd loved it! So did I! For more photos of the crowd please go to the club’s Facebook Fanpage HERE.

I got home at around 5 in the morning. Clubs in Dubai closes at 3 am. Yeah, I know it ain’t fun having the clubs shut at 3 am. Everyone wishes it would go on until 6 in the morning. People by Crystal (that’s the name of the club) presented one last acrobatic show before it’s closing time.

Most of photos were shot in available light. I tried using a flash but i didn’t like the outcome, even having ttl cord attached to the flash wasn’t any good. There’s also too much fuss when you have a very heavy camera on one hand and an external flash on the other.

Next blog post, NYE’s countdown with Kat De Luna.

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