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By Bluesky65  
Aurelie, dancer/model let loose on London streets.
Trying to use the surroundings as part of the image.

Tags: Street Action Expression Dance Movement Ballet Portraits and people

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
4 Nov 2012 4:42PM
I like it, - I think placing the dancer in the street works well.

I dont know if youve intentionally tilted the image, (dancer and background), so I have straightened in a mod and re cropped.



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4 Nov 2012 6:33PM
Hi Willie, glad you like the picture. The tilt was intentional, I think it can sometimes 'add' to an image although its probably a personal thing Smile
Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2012 6:39PM
I think maybe more tilt rather than less, as everything will be at a dynamic angle.
I also wonder if you wanted to show that it was London rather than just an urban area, in which case some place recognisable would have more impact. It might look better without the blue sky in the corner, and a different coloured make it stand out from the brickwork....bright blue or yellow would work well.

Other than those points, which are mainly a matter of taste, I like it.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
4 Nov 2012 7:26PM
Thanks for clarifying. I would agree with Nick, if you tilt, it may work better a little more. If its too small, what happened can happen, it can be viewed as an error rather than deliberate.

5 Nov 2012 4:28PM
Thanks for the feedback Nick, I agree that I could increase the angle and tighten the crop. At the time of the shoot I wanted the unusual brickwork as a backdrop but didn't want to shoot 'square on', I also wanted to show the grace and power of the dancer by taking the shot from a low point (the gutter actually Sad)
Thanks for the comments Guy's.
paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2012 10:40PM
So many modern photographers seem to like to tilt cameras, particularly in newspapers. I usually hate it and if I find myself tilting my head when I look at the shot, it fails.

However, this works very well. Leave it as presented. Nice.

Logo a bit of an eye puller.

9 Nov 2012 4:56PM
Hi Paul, glad you liked the photo. I must admit that I do use 'dynamic angles' quit a bit when it comes to action/movement shots. Perhaps I should try shooting at a slower shutter speed to enhance the sense of movement. I have reduced the 'content' of my updated watermark so hopefully it will not be as distracting Smile
parob 7 3 74 France
3 Dec 2012 12:29PM
Interestingly enough, one has to measure the tilt against the pattern made by the coloured bricks. It works quite well because the dancer's right leg takes up this movement. The one thing I would suggest is a controlled blurriness of the (static) buildings in the background. My hunch is that it would also intensify the movement.
5 Dec 2012 12:34AM
Thank you for the feedback Paul, I will try your idea out.

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