Christmas Is Sneaking Up Fast !
If you haven't got your shopping done, you'd better hurry.
Maybe, tomorrow, I'll pick up the Christmas cards, the wife keeps reminding me, to buy.
Anyhow, I finally got around to developing these images from DEC 4, 2015, in Kin Town.
A big part of the event, was the local talent, who got a chance to enter this karaoke contest.
Someone should, designate a person to take notes for me; I forget lots of stuff.
Like peoples names and, what kind of song, they were crooning.
The men folk, tend to sing mushy love songs and, it makes the women go wild.
They keep running up to the stage, giving the guys flowers. Yuk.
One good thing about being deaf in one ear is, I don't hear everything going on around me.
And, I can get real close to the speakers, blasting music, close to the stage.
When a crowd of excited people, start dancing and bumping into me, I simply back away.
Get off to the sidelines, somewhere and use the zoom lens.
No notes, no name. Just a pretty gal, singing a tune. If she wants her picture, she'll find me !
Here, we have a group of men, singing and showing off, their belly muscles.
And, the gals behind them, were dancing in cardboard box costumes.
Wait a minute, I think I remember. They were singing YMCA.
You remember stuff like that, after somebody, with too much alcohol bumps into you.
That was my clue, to get away from the stage and, zoom in, to catch the action.
It can be tricky, trying to shoot these performances, on stage, at night.
The stages are small and, lighting can be harsh so, shots have to timed, to motions.
It's a good idea, to catch the rhythm and, watch the background.
It's no fun, editing photos if you have an image, with a pipe, sticking out of the singer's head.
When, I can isolate the subject, in front of a dark background, I fire away.
And, the stage scaffolding sort of, disappears.
Black backgrounds, make the rest of the colors, pop.
It looks like, I may be getting out of fashion. Plaid making a comeback, this year ?
This, living doll, stood right where, I wanted her to be and, didn't wiggle around a lot.
The background and lighting, were just what, I wanted and, I like they way, I got her eyes.
But, my favorite pose, would have been if, she got that mike, out of her face.
Maybe, she was whispering. I don't know because, my left ear quit working.
Nobody pays me, to do these hometown events so, I don't hang around until the end.
The winners of the karaoke contest, I have no idea, who they might have been.
It could be, everybody, gets a prize; I'm no judge of music but, they were all good.
This dude, even had his dog onstage, for the act.
I'm not sure, if the little guy was supposed to sing. He didn't even want to give his paw.
It seemed like, all the dog wanted, to do, was get off the stage.
And, the master probably said, "You blew us out of 1st place, buddy!"
Poor little pup. I'll give him a picture, too. If he wants one.