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The Platinum Party (West Coast Swing and Hustle) at Club 412

by Robert Abrams
August 17, 2007
You Should Be Dancing dance center & Club 412
412 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10001
212-244-0011
King Arthur and his knights went in search of the Holy Grail. I have been in search of the holy grail of dance photography: a camera that can take decent pictures of people moving in low light without using a flash. I think I am getting closer to finding it. I tested a Canon Digital Rebel Xti tonight. Set at ISO 1600 with a 24 mm 1.4 lens, the aperture opened to 1.4, I was able to get reasonable pictures with shutter speeds ranging from about 1/125 to 1/50. The pictures are not too grainy and reasonably sharp. While the pictures are reasonable, I am not completely satisfied either. Canon makes several smaller sized digital SLR cameras that are capable of reaching ISO 3200. Such a camera, coupled with the same 1.4 lens, should allow the shutter speed to be a little faster, while also resulting in a slightly brighter picture. I hope to test one of these ISO 3200 capable cameras soon.

The party is usually held the Third Thursday of each month, and is $15 per person (including lessons) at the door, or $12 paid in advance. Club 412 has a full cash bar and a great floor. Check out Erik's website, www.SwingShoes.net, for more info.
West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Erik Novoa, Photographer

Erik Novoa, Photographer

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Wes Carrajat, DJ

Wes Carrajat, DJ

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

West Coast Swing at the Platinum Party

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


SparkleTutu, available at <a href='http://www.onstagedancewear.com'>OnStageDancewear.com</a>

SparkleTutu, available at OnStageDancewear.com

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


This picture was taken with a Nikon 5700 with the flash.

This picture was taken with a Nikon 5700 with the flash.

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