So firstly, the photography.

I got the opportunity, last-minute, to grab my camera and get some photos of the excellent John Rownan and Natalia Morozova last night after one of John’s Tango classes.

You can read all about the Dynamic Tango school (and John and Natalia) by clicking here.

The problem for me was the light: there was hardly any of it. AsΒ a result, it was very challenging and I couldn’t get a fast enough shutter speed to properly capture the action as these two fantastic dancers strutted their stuff for some of their students in a (fairly Β dark!) room upstairs in Doyle’s Pub, beside Trinity College in Dublin’s city centre.

So instead, I decided to embrace the lack of light and try to portray a little bit of the mood and passion of Tango. I can’t say that I have, but I will definitely be returning with the camera for some Tango photography in good light!


And how did this last-minute photography opportunity arise? Well I had my first Tango lesson, with my friend Viviana. We decided to go following a discussion about our shared lack of dancing ability.

What better way to deal with our debilitating condition than a Tango class? Face those fears!

However, I may be somewhat of a slow learner when it comes to dining, but it was a lot of fun. John and Natalia are excellent teachers, offering expert instruction, while ensuring the class remains relaxed and fun.

There’s a good social element to it as well, which is where the fantastic dancing afterwards arose, causing me to make a beeline home for the camera. I should have picked up a spotlight on the way!

I think that if I get the hang of the basic movements, itΒ will actually become fun, but whether or not I can get the hang of it is the thing!

Viviana and I definitely improved over the course of the class I reckon, despite there being a pretty significant height difference (I’d guess it’s about 50cm for you metrically inclined folks!) and thats before you factor in my substantial natural gift for awkwardness and lack of co-ordination!

My Sardinian friend and her sore toes seemed to be bearing up okay afterwards though…

Posted on September 6, 2012, in Dance, Dublin, Photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.

  1. Yeah, I can confirm, toes are ok.
    It’s true that the place was really dark, but I like a lot pics 1, 2 and the last one.

  2. I love the photos and I thought the light was just fine.

    • Thanks Joanna. It was challenging for me, but then that could be down to a lack of skill and/or proper equipment. Actually that comment goes for the photography and the dancing πŸ™‚

  3. I like pic 9. You captured the couple’s foot movement dancing the tango. Nice high heel shoes.

  4. Love the 4th photo. So… moving. Cheers!

  5. love the 9th… something about that fluorescent light… and I dunno if the pics would have looked better, cause they already look absolutely fabulous!!!

  6. Love your close shots, Conor. The graininess adds to the atmosphere. Very nice.

  7. Lovely series – you did nice work capturing the frame of the dancers. I think it takes a dancer to appreciate the importance of that aspect in capturing a beautiful dance photo.

  8. The lack of light creates a great atmosphere in your photos. Good call.

  9. I think you’ve captured the essence of the ‘dance’ beautifully. Low light can be such a pain sometimes hey? You said you use a Nikon, have you tried the 50mm 1.4 or 1.8, they’re good for low light and personally, whilst fast shutter captures action sometimes slow shutter can give a cool blurred effect in the right moment. p.s no 9 is my fav, looks vintage and her shoes add to that πŸ™‚

  10. slowlymovingonwards

    I love these! I think my favorite is the last one. Also, I nominated you for this award thing so check it out! http://slowlymovingonwards.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/7-things-about-me-award/ (:

  11. I think you captured the “mood” perfectly. Love the Tango!

  12. Great photos:) But I really love those shoes:)

  13. I love Tango because I love Astor Piazzolla and I am crazy with his music. One of my dreams to dance Tango… and another dream is to take pictures of Tango dancers… You really made me feel excited. Thank you dear Conor, in every post I learn more about you and your camera. You are amazing. Love, nia

  14. Actually I think that this darkness fits your photos perfectly! There wouldn’t be this atmosphere if they were lighter. I especially love the 1st and the 7th one

  15. You make we want to dance!! Wonderful photos!!! So glad that you found your artistic talent! Looking forward to future posts!!!

  16. You captured the sensuality perfectly!

  17. This one’s on my list of dances to try πŸ™‚ … especially like photos 4, 6, 9, and 11.

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