By Sharon Sturgis ~
Recently I attended a photography “Meet Up” group shoot held by the Dallas Meetup Group to photograph fire dancers. Fire dancers dance with flaming objects or lighted objects making for a flurry of motion and color. I was blown away by the action I saw in the shots from the previous fire dancer Meet Up and decided that this was for me. The challenge to correctly shoot the figures plus hold the detail in the fire and freeze the action was exciting. So, I made the trip to Addison for the shoot. We had been given a warehouse space for the performance and 17 photographers attended. The 2 fire dancers where delightful; Brannigan was cute, charming and a beautiful dancer; Greg was powerful and athletic. Together they were an artistic force -fearless and graceful.
We photographed for a while in the warehouse space and then went out back to the railroad tracks. There was a boxcar left on the tracks. Without hesitation, Brannigan & Greg climb on top and started dancing with fire swords. After the fire swords expired, they moved on to colored LED light toys for some really fun shots. Then, back to fire with Greg spinning flaming steel wool that sent off sparks in all directions.
The willingness to answer questions and help out made this a special group of photographers. When someone would yell out –“what exposure” many photographers would respond. Camera problems were resolved by everyone helping each other out. The sharing of knowledge made me proud to be a fellow photographer.
I highly recommend that everyone consider a Meet Up shooting opportunity. Sign up for one in your area. The opportunities to affordability explore your own creativity, while working with a wonderful group of people, is special. I have my eye on 3 more Meet Up events that I intend to attend in the near future. Happy Shooting!!!!