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7 Jan 2012 4:27PM
Don't know much about ballet... But this looks like a perfect capture to me. Great timing and love the mono effect.

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reaper4252 6 2 9 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2012 4:29PM
Excellent job
Great shape and 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
DT01 9 69
7 Jan 2012 4:37PM
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.


LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2012 4:40PM
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.
7 Jan 2012 4:44PM
Great Capture, Excellent timing.

DT01 9 69
7 Jan 2012 4:45PM
Thank you!
User_Removed 16 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2012 5:25PM

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.

Hi Drew,
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.

Steinbeck. Wink
moiral 8 12 Scotland
7 Jan 2012 6:48PM
All the tension in those muscles! Great action capture. Moira
DT01 9 69
7 Jan 2012 8:31PM
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.

User_Removed 16 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2012 8:59PM
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 a combination of the two results in a winning shot.

Eastlands 7 760 4 Northern Ireland
7 Jan 2012 9:07PM
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.
DT01 9 69
7 Jan 2012 9:10PM
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!

DT01 9 69
7 Jan 2012 9:11PM

Quote:so a combination of the two results in a winning shot.

thanks again!
DT01 9 69
7 Jan 2012 10:17PM
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!


RRT 9 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2012 11:50PM
Great capture, well done Ray
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
8 Jan 2012 3:56AM
Superbly captured. Wonderful concentration and style in her pose...............Sandy
Lynamick 16 2 31 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2012 1:15PM
Good capture.

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