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KC Ethnic Enrichment Festival 2016

Swope Park, Kansas City, Missouri

This year I was able to get to the EEFKC only one day of the three, Saturday, and that was later than I had originally intended.
When I did pull up the traffice was lined up way west of Swope and Meyer and at first I wondered whether their was any point in continuing.
But there were a couple of groups I especially wanted to get to and I wasn't sure about Sunday. So I stayed in the line. Eventually we moved,
inch by inch. After a while I realized the lane I had chosen was for the Ethnic Festival and the other lane was for Starlight. That helped that
the traffice was going to split but by the time I got to my parking place I was as far away as I've ever been, farther. Anyway, I headed in
realizing that I had missed most of the Columbian group, one of the ones I really wanted to shoot. I wound up at the end, and the bows.
I did managed to get the Japanese drum group and the Indian group and the Mexican group. The last two were the others I was really after.

Rose Marie Mendez' group, Fiesta Mexicana represented Mexico. It was nice to see many of her dancers were now
young women and had started with Rose Marie when they were very young. I have some of those pictures elsewhere.

Hema Sharma's Nritya represented India and had a mix of adult dancers and children In addition she had an audience
participation at the end of her segment where the kids came up on stage. You will see a couple of those pictures below.

I met some nice young shooters working as official EEFKC photographers. I have a couple of those pictures below.


>Rose Marie Mendez' Fiesta Mexicana
Rose Marie Mendez' Fiesta Mexicana

Nritya dancer for India
Nritya dancer for India

Family at the entrance to the festival
Family at the entrance to the festival

\Wandering
wandering

Watching and recording the Japanese drummers
Watching and recording the Japanese drummers

Japan, drummer in the Japanese group
Japan, drummer in the Japanese group

Mexico, Veracruz costume
Mexico, Veracruz costume

Mexico
Mexico

Mexico, Michoacan costume
Mexico, Michoacan costume

Mexico. A little makeup before going on
Mexico. A little makeup before going on

Japan
Japan

EEFKC photographer Essence McMullen taking pictures of a pair of Rose Marie's Mexican dancers (frame sides, left and right)
EEFKC photographer Essence McMullen taking pictures of a pair of Rose Marie's Mexican dancers (frame sides, left and right)

Columbia, taking bows
Columbia, taking bows

Columbia, musicians
Columbia, musicians

Japan. What looks like a green screen is really the white sky behind. This originally had such heavy magenta light on stage it was almost un-viewable to the camera so correcting to as close to black as I could get (using her shirt for reference) brought most areas in doable ranges but the white background went to green (opposite of magenta in rgb additive colors)
Japan. What looks like a green screen is really the white sky behind after a color correction for the drummer..
This originally had such heavy magenta light on stage it was almost un-viewable as recorded by the camera (eyes can see it better). Correcting the black
of her shirt brought most interest-area colors (i.e. face) into usable ranges but the white background went to green (the opposite of magenta in rgb additive colors)
Below is a set of panels making use of the un-intentional green screen, just for a little fun. The original image, as shot, nearly unviewable is at the bottom right.
This is caused largely by a mismatch between the light source's color output (LED stage lights) and the camera's color filters over its sensor's pixels.
In person, by eye, this is much clearer with flesh tones corrected in our brain leaving the magenta wash as a cast across the scene, but still easy to see, by eye.
Magenta to Green to options

India
India

India, with the children on stage
India - with the kids

India, bringing the children in the audience on stage
India, bringing the children in the audience on stage

Mexico - a little polka
Mexico - a little polka

Mexico - a little polka
Mexico - a little polka

Watching at EEFKC

One of my favorite views at the festival shooting into the sun
One of my favorite views at the festival shooting into the sun

Mexico
Mexico

Mexico
Mexico

Mexico - in Veracruz costumes, dancing in Rose Marie's Fiesta Mexicana
Mexico - in Veracruz costumes, dancing in Rose Marie's Fiesta Mexicana

India
India

India
India

Photos: At right are Frankie (crouching) and Essence, EEFKC shooters
Photos: At right are Frankie (crouching) and Essence, EEFKC shooters


India

 

 



Unless otherwise noted photos and copyright 2017 Mike Strong KCDance.Com and Mike Strong Photo Gallery and CV Site - Email This Page

Other Ethnic Enrichment Commission Links

2016 - EEFKC
2011 - EEFKC
2010 Diplomatic Ball
2009 - EEFKC
2007 - EEFKC
(or separately 2007) Capoeria, Nritya, Ole Flamenco

 


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