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From a recent shoot for a dance company. Rehearsing pre-performance. Critique welcomed...

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:70-200 2.8 IS MKII
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Rehearsing
Username:Geraint Geraint
Uploaded:1 Aug 2010 - 2:08 PM
Tags:Photo journalism, Sports / action
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bjornval
bjornval  5 Norway
1 Aug 2010 - 2:16 PM

Great image
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Thanatos
Thanatos  7
1 Aug 2010 - 2:39 PM

love this image simple yet effective

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pankaj_dutta
1 Aug 2010 - 2:48 PM

Very attractive
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10901 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2896 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2010 - 2:48 PM

Really nice, - would be tempted to get rid of the legs on the floor bottom left.


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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2010 - 3:29 PM

Wonderful image........Sandy

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7454 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1030 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2010 - 4:35 PM

My brain can read every detail, every facial expression in this, and I can feel the poise and grace. Superb.
Moira

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Sean_Dillon
1 Aug 2010 - 4:39 PM

Love this silhouette against the orange backdrop, as banehawi has already said - either clone out the legs or a slightly wider shot to get the full body in.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7454 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1030 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2010 - 5:15 PM

Had to come back. I've a lot of respect for the gentlemen above but to my eye, cloning out the horizontal limbs would give a more classically correct, but much less involving, stimulating image.
Moira

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Geraint
Geraint  8715 forum posts Wales34 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2010 - 5:27 PM

Thank you all - and thank you very much Moira for your award. It really does mean a lot to receive it as I always value your judgement and critique of photos. I did actually try and play around with cloning out the legs, but couldn't quite get them to look right - the foor didn't have the lines you see in it, and it looked really odd that I couldn't see the guy on the left's feet touching the floor.

Incidentally the shoot was one of the most dificult I've ever done. Hardly any light whatsoever (worse than any other performance I've shot), and as i t was contemporary dance the dancers were moving so fast that it was impossible to capture them in motion. I was down to 1/80s at 2.8 at 1600 ISO to get anything registering! Without the image stabilizer on the 70-200 I wouldn't have got anything! I was forced to shoot in rapid bursts, hoping to catch the dancers at the very end of a movement so that 1/80s would be enough to freeze them. The result being 650 shots and only 67 useable ones! To be honest I was pleasantly surprised at a 10% success rate!

Thanks again,
Geraint

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7454 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1030 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2010 - 5:52 PM

I've photographed dancers at ceilidhs, never performers, but I photograph musicians fairly often and I understand the difficulties! (Conductors are a particular problem...) You think you should be able to predict movement but it never quite happens as you expect. My feeling is to go with the circumstances, make the most of them, not fight against them. Have you seen Helen (aitchbrown)'s uploads from about a week ago, of dancers in rehearsal?
I don't pretend to critique BTW, I say what I feel.
Moira

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Geraint
Geraint  8715 forum posts Wales34 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2010 - 6:51 PM

Yes I saw Helen's photos - very atmospheric. Going with the circumstanes was exactly what I resorted to on the shoot. There was no way I could keep up, and contemporary dance is impossible to preempt, so I decided to mix burst-shots up with some slower-shutter speeds to try and get a feel for the motion. The client didn't go for the slower stuff - they wanted sharpness - but they were my favourites from the shoot.

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Geraint
Geraint  8715 forum posts Wales34 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2010 - 11:22 AM

Thanks Pete!

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MartinAgius
2 Aug 2010 - 5:41 PM

Good pic

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Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2010 - 6:21 PM

wouldn't have thought this is yours, matey.
like it

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