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This little lady has an old soul.
I was granted access to an old abandoned hotel in Yuma, AZ for a couple of hours. The model I hired cancelled the day o...
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This little lady has an old soul.
I was granted access to an old abandoned hotel in Yuma, AZ for a couple of hours. The model I hired cancelled the day of the shoot... and this little girl was nice enough to stop by for 20 minutes before her ballet class. I HAVE NEVER BEEN HAPPIER ABOUT A CANCELLATION IN MY LIFE ;)

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26 Comments | Report
dominiquemartin
 
dominiquemartin December 23, 2014
très beau, il y a beaucoup de grâce dans ce cliché
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CasaBay_Photo December 24, 2014
Merci beaucoup pour votre commentaire! :)
Felipe
 
Felipe January 12, 2015
OMG beautiful photo :)
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CasaBay_Photo January 13, 2015
Thank you Felipe!
mclaybaugh PRO
 
mclaybaugh January 19, 2015
wonderful image.
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CasaBay_Photo January 19, 2015
Thanks! I love it too :)
stamatispappas
 
stamatispappas January 20, 2015
Magnificent!
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CasaBay_Photo January 20, 2015
:)
stamatispappas
 
stamatispappas January 20, 2015
Magnificent!
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FrankSomma January 25, 2015
I can't pass by this shot again without stopping to say it's a classic in my mind. The lighting, the pose, the sense of place and color palette are exquisite. This image is Already a winner!
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CasaBay_Photo January 25, 2015
thank you so much :) I was trying to to go for a classic painting feel. I really appreciate that you took the time to write that comment. You made my day :)
MrBUBU
 
MrBUBU January 27, 2015
Claps for the Ballerina!!! really nice attitude.
Excellent shot!
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CasaBay_Photo January 27, 2015
Thank you so much :)
Billyboy Premium
 
Billyboy February 02, 2015
There is nothing about this that doesn't bleed style and romance.
Awesome work !!
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CasaBay_Photo February 02, 2015
thank you so much!
FrankSomma PRO+
 
FrankSomma February 02, 2015
That's what I'm talking about!!!
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CasaBay_Photo February 02, 2015
thank you Frank! you are the best! :)
Wayne_Sr PRO+
 
Wayne_Sr February 02, 2015
Absolutely fantastic, I love you work!
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CasaBay_Photo February 02, 2015
thank you!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta February 03, 2015
Brilliant image. Congratulations on being the Winner.
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CasaBay_Photo February 03, 2015
Thank you so much! It was quite exciting news :)
Stretton
 
Stretton February 03, 2015
Congrats, on winning, supurb effect
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CasaBay_Photo February 04, 2015
Thanks!
Chrism
 
Chrism February 04, 2015
Beautiful composition with excellent juxtaposition of the young, lithe and graceful ballerina with the old, worm out, yet graceful setting. The gritty texture suits it. Congrats on your win :)
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CasaBay_Photo February 04, 2015
Thank you! I really appreciate your comment :)
thierryvouillamoz
 
thierryvouillamoz February 04, 2015
I love this photo.
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CasaBay_Photo February 04, 2015
:) I love it too :)
Rl1956
 
Rl1956 February 06, 2015
fantastic, congrats on your win
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CasaBay_Photo February 06, 2015
Thank you :)
marizzza
 
marizzza February 06, 2015
captivating!!!
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CasaBay_Photo February 08, 2015
I was so lucky to have her as a model :)
nicofurious
 
nicofurious February 08, 2015
Beautiful capture
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CasaBay_Photo February 08, 2015
thank you so much!
stan_matsui
 
stan_matsui February 28, 2015
Beautiful lighting, and a wonderful contrast of a subject that exudes grace and balance with an environment that radiates with a vintage/historic feel. Wonderful!
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CasaBay_Photo February 28, 2015
Stan, thank you so much for your amazing feedback! I do choose my backgrounds carefully because I love the old vs new feel.
MelissaSword PRO
 
MelissaSword March 06, 2015
Lovely!
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CasaBay_Photo March 11, 2015
:)
IrogSinta
 
IrogSinta March 10, 2015
Great story and incredible shot! I'm glad your model cancelled as well :-)
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CasaBay_Photo April 23, 2015
It is funny how great things can come from terrible situations :)
JoeMacKay
 
JoeMacKay April 23, 2015
Magnificent! Simply Magnificent!
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CasaBay_Photo April 23, 2015
Thank you so much joemackay!
doko
 
doko June 27, 2015
great
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CasaBay_Photo June 30, 2015
:) thank you!
hanni11
 
hanni11 August 03, 2015
I love this photo! it's so perfect :-)
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CasaBay_Photo August 05, 2015
thank you ! :) I love it too!
hanni11
 
hanni11 August 03, 2015
it's so my inner style of photography.
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CasaBay_Photo August 05, 2015
I am glad this image speaks to you :)
michaeltillman PRO+
 
michaeltillman October 20, 2019
I just love the contrast between old and new.I'm talking about the contrast of age between this beautiful young lady ant the antiques in the room of this old house with this lovely couch. Great job.....really great job.
vitor PRO+
 
vitor October 23, 2019
marvelous

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in an old hotel in downtown Yuma, AZ. The hotel had been closed for a number of years and was about to be remodeled. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to use it before the old furniture and pictures on the walls were moved out, before it was repainted and lost its old charm.
Time
I took this image at 11 am in the morning.
Lighting
For my fine art work, I use mainly natural light. The only source of light was a large window so I wanted to shoot at the time of the day when I would get the most light through the window.
Equipment
I used my Canon 5D Mark III with my 24-70 mm lens.
Inspiration
I love the contrast of new and old. I wanted an image of a young, elegant ballerina in am old, unexpected setting. This girl, however, was my inspiration. She was such a wonderful old soul! She made my job easy and brought her personality to the shoot. She is incredible.
Editing
I always post process my images. I used texture overlays and color modification in Photoshop. Also, some dodging and burning here and there.
In my camera bag
I carry two camera bodies: Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 7D. I also have a 50 mm prime, 70-200 mm, 24-70 mm, and a 10-22 mm. I always have a grey card, a tripod, and a reflector with me.
Feedback
Know how to use your equipment. Every place you shoot in is different, and choosing the right settings and lens for the job is very important. Also, learn how to pose people. Posing is always necessary, but it shouldn't be noticeable! Get to know your subject and make them comfortable, use poses that come natural to them. People feel very uncomfortable when they have to deal with a silent photographer so I treat every photo session as a mini photography class, I always explain what I am doing, why I am asking them to do something or stand a certain way. It is easier to work with someone who trusts you and your knowledge than with someone who has no idea what is happening.

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