Friday, August 27, 2010

Aerial dance under the spreading branches of a moonlit oak tree in Orton Park

You could not ask for better weather for this year's Cycropia Aerial Dance program at the Orton Park Festival, which added a Thursday night pre-festival performance to showcase the magical aerialists. Mild temperatures, no humidity and an almost full Moon overhead.

CSC_0069-WatchingCycropia-smThe spreading oak tree whose limbs provide a platform for the flight paraphernalia added it's own leafy magic. It was like being in some enchanted Elizabethan forest in the time of Shakespeare. It's totally magical -- and hard to capture with a camera. Last year I tried shadows, motion blur and crowd shots in this Flickr set. Last night I tried capturing the dreamlike motion more directly by shooting some video clips with my D90. This is the one that seemed to turn out the best. Hope you like it.

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