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En Pointe

By monosodium
Had a clear view of dancers performing and decided to put my big zoom through its paces to get some detail shots on some fairly close and fast moving subjects.

I think the short DoF and the diffuse reflection create a good set of parallel lines which are given more contrast and prominance with the negative space.

This hasn't been afterworked yet other than a quick & dirty colour / levelling, so I will be tweaking out the bright patch on the floor and looking at the mark on the dancers left leg - although I'm torn and can't decide if I'd rather leave it, crop it or 'shop it...

Your thoughts folks?

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rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
17 Jul 2011 11:56AM
Simply stated, beauty. Ron.

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rambler Plus
9 969 17 England
17 Jul 2011 3:13PM
I like the shot but my eyes do not like the sloping floor.
If you want to crop , a slight one on the right hand side would balance the picture.

Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
17 Jul 2011 3:57PM
I love the comp of this..very well conceived and executed, and I like it being off-centre. As for your questions, I'd agree with a bit of tidying up..

I'd clone away not only the bright spot on the floor but also the bits of stuff protruding from the floor as they just look like dust.

As for the mark on the leg, yes I'd remove it because you've chosen an abstracted kind of shot and so de-personalised it. So if it was a full shot of the dancer I'd say it's partof her, leave it in, but as you've abstracted the legs from the person I don't think it nees to be there, and is really just a distraction.

Hope that makes sense?? Nice work either way

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
17 Jul 2011 7:40PM
Its a very nice shot James.

I tend to agree that the uphill slant may be better straightened, - but it can work either way. I would remove the blemish for the reasons Stephen stated, and in addition, darken the background to remove some very minor brighter areas visible when viewed at 100%. In the mod I have straightened, and also adjusted curves to brighten the reflections slightly.



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