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One of my photography friends had a news assignment on Thursday night to shoot pierogies (??) at a bar in a Polish neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia that is having "Pierogi Week" starting next Monday. So I tagged along to help out.
After the plate of delicacies was well photographed (and consumed by us), we started up a conversation with two young men that were practicing shooting darts. Turned out that they were both members of a Dart League (who knew?) and for the next hour we learned about some of the vast intricacies of the game.
It was very dark and I fiddled endlessly with my flash and camera settings before I was able to capture the blur of a dart in flight.

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Jack Gaskin
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So do you now know about CRICKET . 501, Double in Double Out and hits a TON EIGHTY.
Another bit of Past Life experience. Once finished
IN THE MONEY in CRICKET at the U.S. OPEN in WASH. DC back in "83". Also consumed a lot of GUINNESS in those days. GOOD TIMES !!!!!



2/18/2012 3:30:36 AM

Gail P. Sullivan
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Michelle...terrific work and background info!

2/18/2012 3:46:55 AM

Marilyn Cornwell
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Probably a pint of beer would have helped it along!

Cheers for pierogi week! We have a Ukrainian Street Festival in Toronto that is the largest in North America! I can't imagine how many pierogies get consumed.

2/18/2012 3:59:25 AM

Jeff W. Robinson
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Great job Michelle - Sounds like a fun evening!!

2/18/2012 4:01:07 AM

Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Sounds like a good place to be! I could eat some of those right now! Couldn't hit the dart board, though.

2/18/2012 4:23:25 AM

Gord MacEachern
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Sounds like a fun assignment, pierogies and beer, what could be better, lol..
Didn,t notice the dart till I finished reading all the info, good shot, by the photographer!

2/18/2012 4:25:37 AM

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All fun and games until someone loses an eye.......

2/18/2012 4:48:22 AM

Monnie Ryan
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Cool capture! Our daughter and son-in-law are part of a darts tournament group (darts are big in local bars). And I LOVE pierogies!

2/18/2012 5:24:35 AM

Terry Cervi
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I'd love to sample those pierogies, I'll bet they were delicious. Nice shot with the blurred dart headed toward the target, Michelle!

2/18/2012 7:35:08 AM

Tiia Vissak
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a great scene!

2/18/2012 7:43:44 AM

Jill Odice
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Now I am hungry :-) Looks like your patience and persistence won out to get you a perfectly timed shot!

2/18/2012 9:44:18 AM

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That was no easy feat, Michelle! Like the lighting, tones, mood & of course "the flying dart"! Great story too! WTG, indeed!

2/18/2012 9:48:13 AM

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I think with the darts there is always the beer as well. Darts can get highly competitive too. Cool capture with the action of the flying dart and you obviously had a lot of patience.

2/18/2012 9:56:25 AM

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Neat capture -also good story

2/18/2012 10:33:04 AM

John Connolly
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Darts can be an intriguing sport to watch Michelle! Your persistence here certainly paid off!
Thanks for you comment on my wren image, unfortunately their habitat is rapidly diminishing as out population expands! There are lucky to be living in a national park!

2/18/2012 11:51:43 AM

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Amazing light, colors, clarity and stop action under very difficult conditions!!

2/18/2012 5:44:32 PM

Barbara Waldoch
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Beautifully captured, Michelle!

2/19/2012 12:31:07 AM

Kathy Reeves
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Wonderful perspective and light. Always interesting information!

2/19/2012 10:12:23 AM

Laura E. Swan
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Good Job Michelle! :D And that sounded like a fun time, too!!!

This reminds me so much of a date I went on when I was about 18. A fellow from a popular local Bay Area band asked me out. He was poor as a church mouse and he took me to play darts at a BAR in BERKELEY! Lol...We had fun and he was a real gentleman. He was the best sax player I've ever heard and his instructor/teacher was in the band, "Earth Wind and Fire"! :) !!!

-Laura :D

2/19/2012 6:13:20 PM

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Love your "dart" stories and captures, Michelle! This was my favorite - great action capture in a very challenging situation. And where are the pierogies? We used to eat them regularly when we visited my mother-in-law in Chicago.

2/20/2012 8:42:55 PM

Steve D. Hinkle
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Great mood and light and perspective! I really liked the story, with it.

2/21/2012 4:49:21 AM

Emile Abbott
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I can imagine the lighting nightmare, Michelle. Nice job

2/21/2012 3:18:26 PM

Heather Loewenhardt
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Not an easy shot for sure but you didn't give up. Love the room and the perspective. The info is always appreciated.

2/23/2012 12:45:41 AM

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You take such great advantage of anywhere you find yourself, Michelle. And . . . you manage to find yourself in the most interesting places always as well.

2/26/2012 11:28:15 AM

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