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The McFaddens

At the "Dancing Feet Festival"
Appearing in the Pavilion
On the North Side of the American Jazz and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
See also link to "Sons of a Hoofer" documentary by Reel Image's Rodney Thompson
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Lonnie McFadden and Ronald McFadden

This shoot was part of a set of pictures for Reel Images (Rodney Thompson and Stinson McClendon) for "Dancing Feet Festival," their part of the Health and Fitness day 29 July 2006 in the 18th and Vine Historic District. I started early in the day under a tent on the north shooting line dancing and ended the evening shooting Two Steppin inside the Jazz Museum.

Two documentaries were shown in the GEM, at 1pm and 3pm. The first was "Watch Me Move" about black social dance in the 20th century and the second was Reel Images' "A Conversation in Dance" about the Kansas City Two Step.

At 4:30 Lonnie and Ronnie were set to start off in the Pavilion which is a canvas covered concrete stage on the north side of the museum. They are both talented singers and instrumentalists (Lonnie on trumpet and Ronald on sax).

The dance surface was not right. For their tap routine there was only the concrete outdoor stage. After playing horns and singing and trying briefly to tap dance anyway, they turned around and saw the grounds crew taking down wooden tables under the tents. So, they brought over two of the tables, folded flat, to use as a tap floor and laid them end to end.

By this time the time was just past 5:30 or so. I almost headed out but when they announced they would do their "Bo Jangles" routine I stopped in my tracks. I love their "Bo Jangles." They do it as a dedication and it always seems like a gift to me. Besides, I didn't have any stills from "Bo Jangles." I had done video of their "Bo Jangles" but no stills except for some captures from video.

So, I jumped on the chance to shoot stills for this. It was even better because I was using my D200 (10.2 megapixels) and because it was sunny I could use an ISO of 100. An ISO number is the rating of how sensitive to light the film or digital sensor is. The lower the number the less sensitive and therefore the brighter the condition under which you use it. Using a low ISO gives you a silky-smooth tonal scale (the smoothness of change between black and white in a picture) and the best detail for that camera.

Normally I shoot in dark concert halls or nightclubs where I have to use a high ISO. I shoot in so many low-light situations that the previous year it took me a while to remember how to shoot in daylight. At the 2006 KCK Street Blues Festival the day was hot with direct sun and not even a cloud. I actually forgot for most of an hour that the video camera I was using had a neutral density filter. But not today at the Jazz Museum.

Today, I was ready to shoot in sunlight. You should see the 12x18's and the 24x36's of the pictures below.

Exposure #956 Exposure #957
Consider this pair of shots as a dyptich. They are two successive frames. Notice the heels in each shot. Exactly kissing. Notice also that it isn't just my pair of shots which are so nicely in synch, Lonnie and Ronnie are also perfectly in synch in both pictures. Absolutely Gorgeous! (MHO)

 


Simon, shooting for Reel Images.

Ronald

Lonnie

On the same day: Fringe Festival

 

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