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From a recent shoot for a dance company. Rehearsing pre-performance. Critique welcomed...
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love this image simple yet effective
Really nice, - would be tempted to get rid of the legs on the floor bottom left.
My brain can read every detail, every facial expression in this, and I can feel the poise and grace. Superb.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
wouldn't have thought this is yours, matey.
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