Poi Fire Dancing

  • September 30, 2012 · 2:00 PM
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Wondering what Poi is? Do a YouTube search for Fire Poi and be prepared to be mesmerized. It is an ancient Maori dance and training exercise from New Zealand that has spread to all points of the globe. Above all, it is fun to practice and super cool to watch.

FEE: $15per member. This fee is going to the performers to cover their expenses for the show. This is a reduced rate from their normal performance rate so please take the time to thank them for accommodating us.

*** This event is open to spectators ***

*** Bring your family and friends ***

DESCRIPTION: Matt Weston is an accomplished poi dancer and fire artist (that's him in the picture shown). He and his friends have volunteered to teach the basics of poi manipulation so we can all get a sense of the skill involved in the fire dance. As I mentioned, it is also a LOT of fun.

After the lesson, Matt's crew will prepare for a performance and you will have the chance to get some practice shots in order to set up your camera and get your settings prepared. As the sun begins to diminish the magic will start.

FOR YOUR SAFETY: This performance uses flammable fluids and equipment. Aside from the performers, there will also be fire safety personnel. Please listen to and follow all safety rules for the evening. Watch out for the performers and their equipment and avoid staging areas and other areas designated as off limits. If in doubt, ask.

ANYONE CAUGHT BREAKING ANY FIRE OR SAFETY REGULATIONS WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE PREMISSES, NO EXCEPTION!

This is for your safety as well as the performers and other guests. You have been warned.

WHAT TO BRING: A nice wide to normal lens is ideal in order to capture all the action. If you have a wide to telephoto all-purpose lens that should be all you really need for optics. Don't forget extra memory cards and batteries. Dress appropriately as it's starting to get chilly.

ABOUT THE LOCATION: "The Mary Stuart House Bed & Breakfast is located in the northwest corner of Connecticut in the heart of the Litchfield Hills. Owned and run by Mary Orlando, this recently restored 1798 historic colonial home has been in the family for over 65 years. Mary has been welcoming travelers and vacationers into her home since 1998."- Taken from their web site.

Please be mindful that we are guests there. Carry out what you carry in and follow ALL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS given by the performers and their safety personnel.

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  • Debbie M.

    Wish I hadn't missed this event. Looks like it was a blast!

    October 6, 2012

  • Ed D.

    Duck, I cannot say enough what an awesome event this was. I just love the pictures! It really made a difference that the fire performers were so accommodating and patient with us and Matt giving us advise and tips before the show. I was able to get shots that I never could before.

    Again, just a wonderful event that exceeded my expectations.

    October 2, 2012

    • Sue O

      I second that!

      October 2, 2012

  • 'Duck'

    The performers were, in a simple word, FANTASTIC. They were very accommodating and really worked with the photographers. They tried to go slow for some of the shots but slow doesn't work well when handling fire but they did so with grace. Matt was very helpful and gave out some great photo tips. It's a shame more people did not come out for this one. What a loss.

    October 1, 2012

  • Sue O

    What's more fun than playing with fire!!!!!!!

    September 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great event. The change in lighting was good practice for camera settings.

    September 30, 2012

  • Ed D.

    This event was more than POI fire dancing. There were different individuals performing with fire such as; spraying fire, juggling with fire, whips of fire, and various other visually amazing performances. What was a real bonus is that Matt actually gave us tips and tricks to photographing fire. I am glad that the performers stayed later in the evening with us so we can get even better pictures. Great event can't wait to post pictures.

    September 30, 2012

  • 'Duck'

    This is awesome. You guys are missing a phenomenal event.

    September 30, 2012

  • 'Duck'

    Photographers need to sign waiver.

    September 30, 2012

  • 'Duck'

    Photo workshop and safety starts a little after three. Performance will be a little after four.

    September 30, 2012

  • Sanjeev

    The little one fell sick this morning. My photo shoot stars don't seem to be favorable at all. Missed the Boston trip yesterday and now this one too shall be missed. Damn... What a shame.

    September 30, 2012

  • 'Duck'

    This is a one shot deal. Don't miss this.

    September 30, 2012

  • Sue O

    It looks as though it's trying to clear up...

    September 30, 2012

  • 'Duck'

    As of noon everything is a go

    September 30, 2012

  • Ed D.

    I am about 2hrs 15 minutes away...so will be leaving soon. Are you going to notify us, or should I call you as I get closer to the event just in case it gets rained out?

    September 30, 2012

  • Diane M.

    Hey Duck,
    I am going to be at an event this Sunday at Lake Cochipianee in Goshen that lasts until 2p. I want to see the Poi Dancers. Is there any issue with coming late?

    If it is a problem, then I will change my RSVP. I would guess that we can make it by 3 pm?
    Diane

    September 28, 2012

    • 'Duck'

      Not a problem. See you when you get there.

      1 · September 28, 2012

    • Diane M.

      Hey Duck, I will be only 2 miles away from the event. I should see you sooner Han I thought! If anything should change for any reason, please call my cell at[masked] as I will be up there rain or shine between 11 and 2 for a work event.thanks! Diane

      September 29, 2012

  • Ed D.

    I have a dumb question. If I wanted to use a gel for my flash to match the color of the fire... would that be in the CTO type of gel? in the 2k-3k range. I just bought them...and still trying to figure them out. ;-)

    September 29, 2012

    • Gregory P.

      A full cto will balance with incandescent light around 3000k with a tungsten white balance on your camera. We may be shooting in daylight however.

      September 29, 2012

    • Ed D.

      Cool...thanks for the info.

      September 29, 2012

  • 'Duck'

    The practice session before hand may be up in the air. It all depends on how things go and the owners of the venue.

    September 28, 2012

  • 'Duck'

    I confirmed with Matt Weston and the event is still a go. If it starts to rain there is an area they can move in to. Since we are guests of the performers I believe payment will be directly to them. I plan on getting there early to get things organized with them. Diane and I will be there to greet everyone.

    September 28, 2012

  • Diane M.

    Also is the payment at the event or online?

    September 28, 2012

  • Sue O

    I thought folks might enjoy this timely article from this week's DPS newsletter on how to photograph fire.

    http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-fire

    September 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This looks like fun. My husband and I will try to make it!

    August 29, 2012

  • Ed D.

    @greg, good idea. I also have a variable ND filter but have not much success getting a sharp picture with it

    August 29, 2012

  • Gregory P.

    An option might be to under expose the ambient and pop a flash to freeze the dancer.

    August 29, 2012

  • Ed D.

    Dumb question, is not 2-6pm a bit early in the day? Or will it be dark at that time?

    August 28, 2012

    • 'Duck'

      I am working on the performer's schedule. This is the time slot they told me. I think it has something to do with the location. The first part is a hands on demonstration (hopefully) and then the performance. Hopefully by 5 it will start betting dim enough to catch some nice fire trails during the performance.

      August 29, 2012

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