Monday, March 27, 2006

DENVER MARCH POW WOW 2006

A dramatic sunset  just outside of Denver en route to the Denver March Pow Wow this weekend.   This shot was taken while going about 65 mph along I-25.  I increased the red tones to bring out jet streams crossing the power lines. 

The Denver March Pow Wow is one of the largest Native American gatherings in the country.  Veterans are highly regarded and are honored to carry in the American and Veteran flags during the Grand Entry (opening ceremony).  Current members of the Armed Forces are equally respected.

A young drum group prepares to sing during the Grand Entry.  An offering of tobacco was sprinkled upon the drum's surface.  The drum is considered to be the heartbeat of the people.  Standing next to the drum one can feel one's own heart echoing the beat.

I was not able to do justice to the dancers this year.  The lowlight of the Denver Coliseum did not provide enough light to capture focused shots, even with a tripod.  Flash photography is discouraged so I had to do a lot of experimenting.  Unfortunately with my limited experience I was not able to come up with a happy in-between.  My shots were all either too dark, or blurry.  In truth though, the blur of motion is part of the beauty of the dance.

8 comments:

tc01hm said...

Thanks for sharing, I look forward to your POW WOW images!
Tess

gotomaria said...

Hi there!  I take some of my best shots from my car...going anywhere  between 30 and 60 miles per hour...funny how that works out.  Love the colors on that sunset shot!
Maria

astaryth said...

As always... love your Pow Wow pics.... I think you are right about the motion blur making the pictures better actually... makes you feel like they are still in motion.
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rap4143 said...

NH has a Pow Wow during the summer alway fun to attend and take great images like yours.
Betty

rjet33 said...

I posted some pics similar to this a while back in my journal where my Mom and daughter had gone to a Pow Wow in Hamilton, Ga.  I agree with you, the blur of motion is part of the beauty of the dance.  Lovely pics.  Thanks for sharing.

Blessings!~
Susan

deslily said...

such gorgeous dance costumes!!

mtrib2 said...

I enjoyed these illustrative photos of the event.    mark

paisleyskys said...

So colorful...those pictures have their own story.
I love these...
TJ

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