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Harvinder Sunila: Backstage portraits of burlesque dancers (NSFW)

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Misty Vie Va Voom and her feathers waiting by the stage door about to go on at Jaks.

Today's guest post "Backstage Portraits Of Burlesque Dancers" by Harvinder Sunila contains some images that are NSFW (Not Safe For Work). In order to see some of the NSFW photographs, you will have to click on the indicated links at the bottom of this post and by doing so agree that you are at least 18 years old.

 A variety show, typically including striptease, that's the dictionary definition of burlesque. To me it's something else. To me it's about the dancers, their art, their passion and how much it means to them beyond the ten minutes you get to see on stage.

I'm a portrait and music photographer based in the UK, I've been working on a series of backstage portraits of burlesque dancers, and here's a small insight into the project.

Most of the burlesque photographs you come across are either pin up style glamour or live stage shots, they serve a purpose but I have no interest in those type of images. For this series I wanted to photograph what you don't see, what you don't get access to, maybe what the dancers don't want you to see. It's been a difficult series to organise, sometimes frustrating, but also enjoyable and rewarding. I've met some wonderful performers who have been so understanding, so accommodating and so helpful, I can't thank them enough for allowing me to photograph them in such an intimate way.

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Helium balloon flight from Robben Island to the mainland of Cape Town, South Africa

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Jaco Wolmarans, a freelance photographer and journalist based in Cape Town, will share his flight story on a helium balloon from Robben Island to the mainland of Cape Town, South Africa - a fundraising event for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg (click on images for larger view);

Floating from Robben Island to Cape Town suspended underneath 200 helium balloons was a crazy idea, in my opinion. Clearly the world media thought the same. We were swamped by news teams filming every step of South African paramedic Matt Silver-Vallance’s preparation on Robben Island at 4am.

I was still lying in my tent, shooting into the mist from the relative warmth of my sleeping bag. The scene was unworldly – smoke from truck exhausts lighting the way, plus the backlighting from their headlights, made for great atmospheric lighting. I pushed my D4 to the max to get crisp shots, but capturing the frantic movement of volunteers hoping to inflate the big balloons before sunrise was not always possible, I realized.

I was the official airborne photographer for this fundraising effort by Silver-Vallance, an eccentric character who hardly ever wears shoes. He was raising funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg, and managed to do the impossible – to fly from the national heritage site that was Robben Island. My footage and stills were to be supplied for free to media worldwide – my contribution to the charity.

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Nikon Japan published the release dates for the latest Nikon 1 products and WR-1 wireless remote controller

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Today Nikon Japan published the release dates for the latest Nikon 1 products that were announced last month and for the WR-1 wireless remote controller ($549.95) that was announced back in February 2013 with the D7100 camera:

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Breaking: Nikon D9300 DSLR camera on the horizon

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A very significant news for everyone that is waiting for D300s replacement: Nikon is preparing to launch a new D9300 camera. This is all I got for now - just a model name. The body will most likely be DX and will obviously be placed above the D7xxx line (Nikon has probably decided to keep the Dxxx line for full frame cameras and Dxxxx for DX bodies). Why D9300 and not just D9000? I guess to match the version of the D3300 and D5300. This could well be the D400 many readers have been waiting for a long time. This is the first time I have heard something reliable on a high-end DX body.

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New Nikon D4s videos

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The making of "Dedicated" by Corey Rich (the "Dedicated" trailer was shot entirely with the new D4s camera):

Director, photographer and Nikon Ambassador Corey Rich was presented with a great, though certainly not simple and straightforward opportunity: Create a short film, and a behind-the-scenes film, about three prolific photographers using the new Nikon D4s in seven locations spanning from San Diego to Snowbird, Utah, to Tampa to the coast of Ireland. The catch? He had only 21 days to do it, and would be using all prototype equipment.

As a long recognized outdoor and adventure photographer and filmmaker, Rich has relied on "small footprint productions" methods, tactics and equipment to be light and fast and capture still and moving pictures from some of the most remote spots on earth. A longtime proponent of small footprint productions, Rich employed this approach to make DEDICATED.

"The Making of DEDICATED" shows the behind-the-scenes story of a light-and-fast, small-footprint-production team traveling together halfway around the world over 21 days, pushing themselves to the brink as storytellers, and finding an inspired camaraderie around the shared love of photography.

Taking Aim - a story told with the Nikon D4s:

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Correction: the new 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 will be a DX lens

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Correction on my last post - the upcoming new 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 will be a DX lens, probably a smaller, lighter and cheaper replacement (550 g/20 oz) for the current Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G DX model (830 g/29 oz).

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A new 18-300mm mirrorless lens to be announced with the Nikon 1 J4 camera

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Few more new bits of information on the upcoming Nikon 1 J4 mirrorless camera: it will feature LCD touch screen and flash sync speed of 1/60s. A new lightweight (550 g/20 oz) all-plastic 18-300mm lens (with f/6.3 at 300mm) will also be announced.

Correction: the new 18-300mm will be a DX lens.

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