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Broken 3

By david1810
The third in my series of the broken dancer.

As before anything that will help me improve capture and or processing will be gratefully appreciated.



Tags: Dancer Ballerina Pain Ballet Portraits and people


mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2266 United Kingdom
8 May 2018 8:23AM
This is the best so far for me, it has a mix of defeat and defiance. The light on the face is beautiful, and the balance in shadows between the two arms is more successful than in yesterday's.

You were taking risks with shutter speed. Were you using a tripod? And I wonder why you used such a long lens, 200mm wouldn't be my choice here.
8 May 2018 8:58AM
Stunning shot
david1810 8 1 Australia
8 May 2018 9:21AM
Hi Moira,
I knew i was on the limit with my 200 lens. I used it because it is considerably sharper than my 24-105 lens.

Also gave me a little distance to the model who had not modelled before. Trying to keep her comfortable.

And yes I had my tripod there, in hindsight I should have used it. I also had a reflector with me . Think I got caught up in the excitement of the space and the light. The soft light from the left was because they had painted some columns white. A bonus I did not see until pp.

thanks again for your support

banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4163 Canada
8 May 2018 12:46PM
Yes, - this one works well.
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
8 May 2018 2:09PM
The basis of a fine image but it needs to be much tighter on the face and hands. you can safely lose half the frame and gain considerably image impact by doing so. Your settings confuse me? I assume a continuous light source for such settings and thus you really should be using a tripod in studio conditions. I would not dream of such settings hand held.

If you used flash, the issue is different as the flash duration becomes the shutter speed. I would still have been down a stop or two.

dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
9 May 2018 10:44AM
I've done the crop - slightly different posing would allow somethign even tighter.

If you are going to do a lot of portraits, I'd suggest either an 85mm lens (the Canon f/1.8 is a very decnet lens, and almost indecently cheap for such good glass) or a 105mm macro.

Is there any more learning to pull from this series? Maybe, in terms of framing and posing, or processing. In terms of the camerawork, all three images so far have attracted similar comments.

Such a good idea is worh repeating, either with the same model, or maybe with different ones. And... I'd be very tempted to use studio flash units, because they simplify many of hte problems - you can stop the lens down for depth of field, and there's no issue with camera shake.
david1810 8 1 Australia
10 May 2018 10:10AM
Hi Paul, thanks for your comments, yes this has been a good learning experience. It was a basement with some natural light through a window. I chose my 200 lens as it is sharper than the 25-104 I have. Also the girl has not modelled before and the 200 gave me more space to help her feel comfortable. I knew I was risking camera blur and yes a number were unusable because of it.

The tighter cropping is something I will play with.


david1810 8 1 Australia
10 May 2018 10:12AM
Thanks Dudler you have been a huge help for some time.

You are right similar feedback across all the pics. Like I said lesson learned.

I enjoyed your mod, thanks for that.



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