Photographer's Note

If the colors seem a bit saturated thank the Native American gentleman here. He is competing in the "Fancy Dancer" category of this Pow Wow dance competition. Unlike the "Traditional" category, the "Fancy Dancers" are allowed to use more contemporary clothing materials for their attire. Many dancers like this dancer use modern highly reflective materials, like the flourescent clothing that bicyclists and highway workers wear at night so that motor vehicles can see them at night while their headlights are shining on them.

Fill-flash in a dark indoor auditorium ,like this setting, reacts in the same way as car headlights do at night on this high-tech attire. This creates some very bold and colors and some dynamic effects. The highly reflective yellow strips are made from ultra reflective components which highway workers and surveyors use. They call these strips "flagging". I love photographing the "Fancy Dancers" in this type of environment.

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Additional Photos by Stan Obert (scobert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1170 W: 17 N: 1848] (5355)
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