Bicking Photography Studio: Blog https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog en-us (C) 2017 Bicking Photography Studio (Dance Dad Photo & Bicking Photography) bickingphotography@gmail.com (Bicking Photography Studio) Tue, 20 May 2014 01:40:00 GMT Tue, 20 May 2014 01:40:00 GMT https://www.bickingphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u452023674-o352733744-50.jpg Bicking Photography Studio: Blog https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog 120 75 Going For Baroque by BalletFleming https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2014/5/going-for-baroque-by-balletfleming BalletFleming ended their season in amazing fashion with superb performance titled Going For Baroque.

The performance was divided into three parts.

The opening piece titled Vivaldi Opus 2 was masterfully choreographed by Christopher Fleming and featured all members of the company showing off their ballet techniques.

The second act featured incredible choreography by Elishka Vitanovska-Mayer titled Baroque Suite. This piece used the dancers to create the feeling of living sculptures. The dancers were fantastic and played into the whimsical parts very well. We had the pleasure of watching Elishka interact with the dancers during rehearsal for this piece and they delivered everything she was asking for.

The third and final act titled Corelli featured choreography by Christopher Fleming. This piece was a great way to end the show with fantastic ballet technique with a bit of a modern edge mixed into the numbers.

Overall this was an incredible day of dance. We had the pleasure to attend both shows and enjoyed every minute of the shows. Some photos of the incredible dancers can be viewed in our current events page

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Promises I Never Meant To Keep https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2014/5/promises-i-never-meant-to-keep We had a great time photographing Promises I Never Meant To Keep by Ronen Koresh this past weekend. This was a powerful piece that takes you on a journey of things that we say or promises that we really don't think much of at the time. Over time these promises become a bigger influence over our lives then we ever intended. With any piece by the Koresh Dance Company you walk away from the show to find yourself thinking of not just the amazing dance but what was said in the piece through the incredible motions of the dancers. We have shared a few moments from the show in our local events folder, please click here to see the amazing talent of the Koresh Dance Company.

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Great Review of Promises I Never Meant To Keep https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2014/5/great-review-of-promises-i-never-meant-to-keep Philly.com has a great review up of Promises I Never Meant To Keep on their site. Click here to read the review

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BalletFleming Presents Snow White https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2014/5/balletfleming-presents-snow-white Had the privilege to photograph BalletFleming's version of Snow White. Wonderful show with bright costuming, stage lighting and talented dancers and choreography. We will be adding many photos to our local events page over the next few days. Visit our local events page to view photos.

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9th Annual Philly Zombie Crawl https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2014/4/9th-annual-philadelphia-zombie-crawl 9th Annual Philly Zombie Crawl

We had a great time photographing the 9th annual Philly Zombie Crawl on the 20th. Lots of great people at the event with fantastic makeup and willing to play it up for the camera. To view the gallery visit our local events section of our site.

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Photo in Dance Magazine https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/12/photo-in-dance-magazine Very cool to have one of our photos published in Dance Magazine. The photo appears in the December 2013 issue. Read the article at the link. http://www.dancemagazine.com/issues/December-2013/The-Philadelphia-Story

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Evening at Ballet Flemings Performance of Alice In Wonderland https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/5/evening-at-ballet-flemings-performace-of-alice-in-wonderland  

Ballet Fleming Presents Alice In Wonderland

 

Saturday evening we had the pleasure to spend the evening at Ballet Fleming’s presentation of Alice In Wonderland. This was our second performance by Ballet Fleming that we attended and like Eger Allen Poe this piece did not disappoint.

 

The location for this performance was the Scottish Rite Theater in Collingswood NJ. What a great theater to enjoy a ballet performance. The theater had an old rustic feel to it from the days before we made theaters cold and modern in the US.

 

Before I get to the performance let me talk about how nice it is to support smaller companies still working to get their name out there. Before the ballet started I took notice to Mr. Fleming checking to make sure everyone in the audience had a great view of the stage. You will never get that type of interaction when attending a piece at a larger theater with a huge company. That great experience aside my hope is that Ballet Fleming will eventually be one of the larger companies, as the pieces deserve to have a bigger following.

 

Recently it seems every retelling of Alice In Wonderland has found a need to go dark with the piece. This was not one of those. Very bright colors and family friendly theme played through-out this piece.

 

Mr. Fleming made great use of local children to fill the younger performing roles. The children where well placed and performed well in the garden act. The costuming on the younger performers matched the time period the original piece was written in, bright cheerful and well crafted.  Gina-Marie Battista did a fantastic job on the costumes.

 

Adriana de Svastich did not disappoint as Alice. Wonderful ballet technic served to compliment her acting. With the part of Alice a performer cannot just get by with being a great dancer. There is just too much to the story that includes acting rather then dancing. Mr. Fleming did a great job in the casting of Miss de Svastich for the part.

 

Shannon McCormick as the white rabbit, Nick Peregrino as the caterpillar and Dillon Anthony as the King of Flowers all turned in excellent performances.  Many others danced wonderfully throughout the whole performance.

 

For me two performers really stood out in there performances.

 

Gina-Marie Battista did a great job in her performance as the Queen of Hearts. Just like Alice this part is not something that could have been done without great acting to go along with the dance. But her performance as the Queen of Flowers was truly magical. Her performance made the Magical Garden scene go way to quick. When the scene was over you were left with a great feeling of how talented she truly is.

 

The other performance that really stood out was the Cheshire Cat performed by Tyler Savoie. Starting in the crowd and dancing to the stage was a nice touch. The choreography of the dance and the performance made the whole scene. Just like the dance of the flower queen this scene felt short because of the incredible performance.

 

This piece will be performed three more times next weekend on May 18th and 19th. I highly recommend you check this wonderful show out. It will not disappoint. Visit http://www.balletfleming.org for more info.

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Announcing the completion of the Passion Series https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/5/announcing-the-completion-of-the-passion-series The Passion series is a tribute series to all dancers who train tirelessly in pursuit of their passion.

 
The first piece tells the story of a young dancer wearing out one pair of shoes after another perusing her passion. This piece is called Passions Pursuit.
 
The second piece in this series tells the story of a dancer that is now an adult that works all day to dance at night. This piece is called Endless Passion.
 
I choose to feature both genders in the series to show that both genders share the passion for dance. What makes this much more special for me is that Passions Pursuit features my daughter Samantha and the second piece feature one of her teachers and mentor Stephen May.
 
We are offering both regular versions and signature versions of both prints.
To purchase prints visit the prints gallery.
Passions Pursuit
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Great Article on the Life of a Dance Dad https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/4/great-article-on-the-life-of-a-dance-dad Found this Article on the Wall Street Journal that I thought some might like. It is by Gordon Deal. I really enjoyed the piece. I applies to dance moms also. Here is the link to the article. 

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New Peacock Feather Print and Poster Available https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/4/new-peacock-print-and-poster-available Dance Dad Photo has a new Peacock print and poster available today. The print can be ordered in our new Fine Art section here. This piece is a macro shot of a Peacocks feather showing all its natural colors and detail. Posters can be ordered on CafePress here. Or visit the main CafePress store here. There are two layouts available horizontal and vertical to meet any need. As always you can find Dance Dad Photo on Facebook by clicking here.

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Dance Dad Photos Now On CafePress https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/4/dance-mom-photos-now-on-cafe-press The Passions Pursuit image created by Dance Dad Photo is now available on Cafepress.com/dancedadphoto. It is available in the classic Passions Pursuit saying or with Dance Mom on it. Cafepress is featuring the image on magnets, shirts, cups, posters and many other items. Below is an example of the auto magnet available. Click on the image if you would like to go right there.

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First Outdoor Spring Shoot of 2013 https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/4/first-outdoor-spring-shoot Had a great time shooting outside this spring weekend. Went out with my husband and to shoot our daughter Samantha that needed new head shots. Spent about an hour shooting then we walked around the park for awhile. Below is the slides with the results.

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New Easy to Order Fine Art Section of Dance Dad Photo https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/4/new-easy-to-order-fine-art-section-of-dance-dad-photo New Easy to Order Fine Art Section on Dance Dad Photo

I have had a few folks that had trouble figuring out what size a photo is formated to fit the best. For this reason I have created a new section called Fine Art. In this folder you will fine galleries by size. If the photo is in a size folder you know it will print perfectly. Also galleries are included based on theme. This area can be found under the My Photographs menu or click the picture below.

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Easter Fun Shoot with the Family https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/4/easter-fun-shoot-with-the-family Fun time doing a photo shoot this Easter with the children in the family. Was such a pleasure to take direction from Debra Byers. Deb is a great photographer that has taught me most of what I have learned over the past two years. She retired a few years back but has not lost the eye. Below are just a few of the fun shots we got. This shoot was done with a Canon 5D Mark III, 24-70 f/2.8L Lens, Two 430 EX II flashs, a couple of umbrella’s and a set of radio triggers. What I really take away in learning today is to always remember that some of the best pictures are the ones without the perfect smile.

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Dance Dad Photos First Poster https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/3/dance-dad-photos-first-poster Very happy to announce that Dance Dad Photo has released our first poster. The first poster features the Passions Pursuit image taken of Samantha slipping on new ballet shoes. High end prints can always be purchased on Dance Dad Photo but now a standard poster in 24x36 size can be ordered on Zazzle or Cafe Press. 

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A Few More Animal Shots From March https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/3/a-few-more-animal-shots-from-march A Few More Animal Shots From March 2013

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Sirui P326 6-Section Carbon Monopod Review https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/3/sirui-p326-6-section-carbon-monopod-review

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Had this monopod for a while now I would like to offer a few insights about this item. Most stores sell this monopod for a low $99.95 witch is a great price for what you’re getting.

 

The maximum height is 60.6 inches. As a guy that is 5’ 10 ½” this brings the camera  (EOS 7D) right to eye level without a handgrip. With the handgrip I need to lower the pod a bit to be at eye level. I could see this height being a problem for a taller man or woman. This height also does not lend itself to a situation where you would want to get on a ladder for a higher view.  For an example were this could have been a problem. Last year when shooting my daughters dance recital I got on a ladder with a monopod that could reach much higher. Staying level on the ground would not have worked well as the dancers were on a raised stage and I was out in the isle.

 

Closed this monopod is reduced to only 15 inches. This was one of the things that got me to look at this item. Mixing this with the low weight and you can clip this pod to your belt and be very confortable walking around. I know many will think well just put it on your monopod or tripod holder on your bag and in most cases you would do that. But let me share a couple of places clipping to your belt could really be nice. One example would be walking around a Zoo. When walking from one enclosure to the next do you really want to take your bag off at every enclosure or just simply clip the pod to your belt with a quick connect head. Or lets say you are trying to recompose a landscape shot and the terrain is rough and you would like to have your hands free. Simple clip this to your belt and change your position.

 

This brings us to our next impressive feature. As I alluded to the weight of this monopod is amazingly light at only 0.88 pounds. Short of the fact that is swings while walking when clipped to your belt you would not notice this thing at all.

 

The only other stat that I will mention is the load capacity. Again here we have another amazing stat at 22.05 pounds. This can easily handle a full frame dslr with a nice size lens.

 

Now that we have the stats I find important out of the way lets talk about the product as a whole. I think it is starting to become clear that I like this product. Is it a monopod that you can go to in every situation no, but I also would not want to carry around my Manfrotto Neotec monopod in every situation.  While I would love to have less sections (it has six) then I would lose the small 15” closure so a nice trade off for my uses. The six locks feel strong and well made. You only need a half turn to unlock or lock so setup and closing is quick. Also because of the small form factor I can unlock all six with one hand in one motion. I would think that a women with smaller hands might not be able to unlock all six at the same time but it would still be a quick setup.

 

The handgrip is a standard foam grip that you would find on any decent monopod so nothing to right home about but comfortable and should hold up to lots of use.  Also if anyone is wondering why get a monopod with the foam grip think of holding aluminum or carbon in cold or wet weather (you will want the foam grip).

 

On the foot there is a twist that allows a metal point to come out for grabbing rough terrain. Works well and feels like it will last. Not sure if having a point at the bottom would get past TSA for a flight carry-on. At $99 I would be confortable putting this in my checked bag to make sure I do not have a problem.

 

The pod comes with a standard reversible ¼”-20 & 3/8”-26 screw for attaching to the body of a camera or to a larger lens.  While the top plate that holds the screw is plastic it seems strong and should last. I do wish it had a rubber surface to protect against scratching my cameras and lenses. I might add a thin piece rubber or felt to protect against this. Admittedly this is something I should not have to do on a carbon fiber monopod. It should already be there.

 

In the end I would give this monopod a 4½ stars out of 5. The pod loses a half star for the lack of rubber on the attachment plate. I do not take anything off for the 60” max height as this is going to be the case with any monopod that closes to only 15”. I am very happy with this purchase and sure I will find many uses to prove it was $99 well spent.

 

If you have a comment or question on this review or would like to offer your thoughts on this product please leave a comment.

SIRUI P-326 6 Section Carbon Fiber Monopod

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Manfrotto 685B NeoTec Monopod Deluxe Review https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/3/manfrotto-685b-neotec-monopod-deluxe-review

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I thought that I would do a review of the Manfrotto 685B NeoTec monopod as to why I feel it is such a major part of my camera arsenal.

 

Lets get a few specs out of the way.

Maximum Height - 66.9”

Closed Height - 29.3”

Load Capacity - 17.6 lbs

Leg Sections - 3

Leg Lock Type – One –handed automatic grip-action release

Male Thread Size - ¼”-20 & 3/8”-16

Weight – 2.4 lbs

5-year warranty after registering

 

I agree with some that say this monopod has limitations. The closed height is really long and at 2.4 pounds it is almost the weight of a nice carbon tripod. These issues aside this is a great monopod.

 

First the 17.6 lbs load is very nice for large gear. I have used up to a 500mm on this with a 7D with no issues. Also the thread for attaching your gear is really nice. By default it appears to only have a 3/8” but as you place a camera or lens with a ¼” on the mounting plate the 3/8” slides down and the ¼” comes out and enters your camera. This eliminates the need to unscrew the plate and flip the thread attachment like most monopods. If you do find yourself using two bodies with different treads you can change much quicker then other monopods.  Also on the mounting plate is a pad of rubber to protect your camera and lenses from scratches.

 

The second thing that I have really enjoyed with this pod is the 66.9” height. This height has been helpful in a couple of situations where I wanted to get the camera a bit higher to avoid obstructions from spectators. Depending on the situation I will carry a small step stool to get just a bit extra height.  With a nice head on the pod you are easily up to or over 70” in max height.

 

The most impressive feature is the leg lock type. There are no twist locks or clamps. At the top the handgrip has a trigger that is easy to use. Pressing this trigger allows you to adjust the height with one hand. The way the whole thing works is there is a rubber foot pedal at the base. You step on this pedal and press the trigger and the pod slides up and down easily. The three sections collapse over each other. An internal spring helps this all happen and when you let go of the trigger it locks in place. I have used this pod more then a hundred times and have not had it fail once. This type of system is great for situations like sporting events and dance competitions were you would want to change your height quickly. I have looked at many dozens of monopods and have yet to find one that allows you to change to what you are seeing so quickly.

 

The 685B NeoTec is a great monopod in almost every way but there are still a few concerns that you might want to keep in mind. As I mentioned it is long when closed at 29.3” and a bit heavy at 2.4 pounds. Most of that weight comes from the fact that it is aluminum. This can lead to another concern and that is getting it wet. I have read some complaints online that after this pod got wet rust built up inside and it no longer slides up and down well. I personally have never gotten the pod wet and when there is a chance of rain I take a carbon monopod instead of the NeoTec. Another thing to keep in mind is that the foot pedal makes the bottom larger. This has been a factor when using with a few bags. Sometimes this pod will not fit in a monopod holder without taking the foot pedal off. And that cannot be done quickly. Also I mentioned that it has a moving trigger. I personally have not had this fail after lots of use but you never know what can happen.

 

One of the things I love so much about Manfrotto is the quality of product you get. Personally I have yet to get a product that I would consider a dud. Also just about every part on there product can be purchased. I personally have ordered a replacement foot pedal and hand strap for the NeoTec.  Note I broke the foot pedal it was not a malfunction of the product. If you have a Manfrotto product and live in the US you can go to http://manfrottodistribution.us/cms/site/mdus/pid/16703 to get replacement parts.

 

I would really like to see Manfrotto release this product made in carbon to bring the weight down. Everything considered I still give this product 5 stars. I know there are some limitations but this product is made of such high quality and has been such a workhorse I can’t go against it. The big factor for me is when I think back to shots that I might have missed if not for the quick adjustment feature of this product.

 

If anyone has questions or comments please leave a note in the comments section. I will be sure to get back to you with anything I can help with. Till next time have fun and never stop shooting.

 

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A Few Featured Flower Prints https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/3/a-few-featured-flower-prints  

In a previous blog post I talked about my resent trip to the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show. Within that post were slides of all the photos I took. Below are a few of my favorite shots that I feel make for really nice prints.

If you would like to order one as a print just click on the flower. From there you can select to purchase a print in many different sizes.

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bickingphotography@gmail.com (Bicking Photography Studio) 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show Canon 60mm Macro Canon 7D Canon Macro Flash Dance Dad Photo Flower print https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/3/a-few-featured-flower-prints Mon, 25 Mar 2013 17:37:04 GMT
A Day At The Philadelphia Flower Show https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/3/a-day-at-the-philadelphia-flower-show  

This year for the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show I decided to use the day as a pure practice session. Over the years as I have learned photography there has been many reasons for me to take out a macro lens. But more often then not I find I shoot with other lenses I feel more comfortable using. So this year I decided to attend the show in a way that I would have to use macro. I went with only three pieces of gear my trusty Canon 7D, 60mm macro lens and a macro flash. Enjoy the galleries and if you one talks to you there are plenty of print sizes available. Just visit the gallery and order a print you would like.

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bickingphotography@gmail.com (Bicking Photography Studio) 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show Flower Philadelphia Flower Show Philadelphia Flower Show 2013 canon 60mm macro canon 7d canon macro flash flowers https://www.bickingphotography.com/blog/2013/3/a-day-at-the-philadelphia-flower-show Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:57:46 GMT