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Burlesque’s ‘Tournament of Tease’ through the lens

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Coppelia Circus, from Tokyo, Japan, performs during the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend’s Tournament of Tease Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Orleans.
Photo: Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Paris Original performs during the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend's Tournament of Tease Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Orleans.

Paris Original performs during the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend's Tournament of Tease Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Orleans.

Normally I am a fairly judicious photographer. Who has the time, or desire, to wade through hundreds of photos when a dozen will work? Besides, I started with film, when each click of the shutter cost money, and old habits are hard to break.

But sometimes I get overwhelmed by what I am witnessing through my lens and I just can’t stop shooting. Last Saturday night at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend’s Tournament of Tease, I found myself in that situation. The beauty, talent and sensuality ... How can one not take a photo when it’s handed to you on a rhinestone-and-beaded platter?

After four hours of amazing performances, I was left with the task of editing over 3,000 images on Sunday. It sure beat watching NASCAR or doing yard work.

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