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Dancer's Torment

By Xenphoto    
First Model and studio shoot in over two years! I am such a lucky girl to have had such an awesome model to kick start me off again Smile

With thanks to John Duder and Abbey Street Studio Smile

Tags: Emotion Fashion Shadows Emotive Tutu Portraits and people

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dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1885 England
17 Dec 2015 5:22AM
First off, I remember, I was there!

Second, this is a shot that most male photographers would probably never take... Neena is over six feet tall, and so looking down at her is not something that you can do from ground level. Xenfoto, being female and a little bit shorter, decided to use a stepladder, and so took things to extremes in terms of viewpoint and perspective.

And, with a wideangle setting on the lens, there was bound to be some distortion, and it's fair to say it was intentional. It takes effort to make Neena's legs look shorter...

So, accepting that, what else? Compositionally, this shot uses the Thirds well, putting Neena on the left Thirds, and her shadow sort of almost occupies one on the right. I really like the way that the shadow provides a dynamic diagonal and a vertical echo.

The pose is angular but rather elegant, with the arms forming a sort of S-curve, and implying a line going across to the shadow, and giving the picture a nice complete, closed and resolved feel, despite the dynamic expression.

Exposure and focus are good.

Overall, an unconventional shot, but a rather successful one, I'd say. The only thing I can offer as a mod is a mono conversion, using the Nik Efex Antique Plate filter.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2015 9:03AM
I have no problem with the technique, but what is she doing? Twisted her ankle, someone stamped on her foot? I struggle with the pose. If she had been giving a nice smile or sultry look to the camera, great. The scream I struggle with.

Studio photography is difficult and without props there are just so many poses. We had lots of props in our club studio, chairs, bits of drainpipe steps and so on to give the girl something to pose with. That's why I preferred outdoors where there were lots of props or, if you wanted action, there was the jump for joy and other variations.


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