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Don't know much about ballet... But this looks like a perfect capture to me. Great timing and love the mono effect.
Great shape and height.....one very fit lady ! ! !
Probably difficult in the circumstances but I would prefer a more plane background
The bars are a bit distracting but at the end of the day they are part and parcel of a dance studio
thanks guys! It does help to have an outstanding performer to work with and I agree about the background, it was the least cluttered part of the studio!
I have plans to do something in a large studio with a cove in the not too distant future.
Just to prove that we are all different, I love the background as it puts the image in context. This is a new take on the idea of an in flight shot, and all the better for that.
Great Capture, Excellent timing.
Quote: Don't know much about ballet... But this looks like a perfect capture to me. Great timing and love the mono effect.
My thoughts exactly Derek.
I also haven't a clue about ballet apart from watching it from time but the composition here is spot on in my opinion and look at the foot positioning and perfect pose. Lovely shot and the mono really makes it stand out.
Great work I reckon.
All the tension in those muscles! Great action capture. Moira
Thanks Laurel and Moira,
I guess I should perhaps spill the beans....she has been a professional ballet dancer for 15 years and dances for a well known company.
Like many of her peers, she is extremely skilled and a perfectionist. You can appreciate that this helps!
Thanks again for the comments.
Hey Drew, you wasn't kidding me. You can tell by the concentration, accurate and perfect pose that she is a well established dancer.
But the timing of the shot s down to the photographer................so a combination of the two results in a winning shot.
Where do you begin, great in mono, great captrue of the energy and movement of the dancer, set in the right context, superb expression captured at that decisive moment, well done, deserveably receives one of my Guest Editor Awards, John.
well thanks again John and many thanks for the award! She likes it too so that's also very satisfying and has motivated to go further down this route!
Quote: so a combination of the two results in a winning shot.
I'm flattered Laurel! I should spill some more beans then....
The rehearsal studio had some large windows but the day was overcast and it was late, so I started with a couple of studio heads and softboxes. This wasn't giving us anything like the feel that we wanted, they looked too 'studio' when in fact we wanted something a bit more 'authentic' so the heads were packed away. The ceiling was between 20 and 30 feet high, (probably near to 30) with panels and diffused flourescent lights, and the window light was fading. The shots were going to be mono's right from the start. I went from 1600 ISO up to 3200 but didn't want to go beyond that, so when the window light really went, I got one of the heads back out with a big, undifused octabox and fired it at the ceiling. This gave me ISO 200 and 250th at f2.8 and the soft downlight you see in the shot. The window was open again!
I'm glad you're liking it!
Great capture, well done Ray
Superbly captured. Wonderful concentration and style in her pose...............Sandy
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