Battered and bruised | 365:146

But all for a good cause. Whenever I’m asked about essential equipment for weddings, I am sure those who ask are expecting me to propose a particular type or make of lens, a camera body, perhaps brand of memory card. I often answer with a flippancy; a good pair of shoes. Or moreover, a strong pair of shoes. And my reason? Come the dancing you need to be in the thick of the action, moving in and out of the contorted steps, leg kicks and circles of energetic movers shaping their musical improvisations. And this is never more true than when you photograph the Israeli dancing during a Jewish wedding. My advice then for photographers who may never have made a picture at one of these incredibly potent genre of weddings, is to don your widest angle lens, a flash if you require and wade into the throng with your best pair of tough shoes, because if you really want to capture the energy, you need to be close. Wide angle close. By lowering your camera angle too, you increase the energy. But be aware if you want to get this close, that you’ll be accidentally ‘nudged’ from all sides. The results though are entirely worth it. New size 8s please.

Shot data: focal length 16mm, f2.8, 1/160, ISO 12800, over-exposed by a third of a stop

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