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I am falling behind and I usually try to keep up with my critiques before I post another photo. I will eventually catch up. I have been editing the photos from my 2008 March Denver Pow Wow (Native American) photo assignment last weekend and I am very excited about this event. I believe that after 20+ years of being a photographer that I have finally "arrived". This is what Stieglitz told Ansel Adams after he tried to have several shows at Stieglitz's prestigious gallery and he was finally accepted. I am no Ansel Adams, but I feel that I have really matured as an artist during the past several years. Photo shoots seem almost effortless anymore(except for my sore back from hauling around my equipment) and the ratio of "keepers" seems to be going up all the time. The downside is that I have to edit rather than to throw away images. Perhaps this long process is finally paying off.

The Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau did not want me to use flash because they wanted a more natural look. I started to use flash at the beginning of the Pow Wow but I was told (very politely) not to use it anymore because it was distracting the dancers who were competing for prizes. No problem with my Nikon D300 camera bodies. The high iso quality and the exceptional meter made this a very easy transition. The biggest drawback by not using flash is that I had to include the distracting background and the auto white balance created a cyan color cast which I had to correct by using Photoshop's magenta photo filter. I blackened the background because the background clutter was too distracting.

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