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Neville's Waltz



I've been shooting ballet recitals for the last 4 years or so - it's a studio I grew up in (yes, don't laugh I did dance for almost 30 years). Sometimes moments...
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I've been shooting ballet recitals for the last 4 years or so - it's a studio I grew up in (yes, don't laugh I did dance for almost 30 years). Sometimes moments just present themselves and I knew as soon as I saw this how it would end up. The costume itself was gorgeous, but the pose was perfect, as if I instructed her to do this, but I didn't. It just happened and I am thankful that I have the knowledge to know when to press the shutter, also thankful for the knowledge I've gained and the mind to embrace editing where I didn't use to. This was her very first solo.
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6 Comments | Report
mcphoto2bug PRO
 
mcphoto2bug June 18, 2015
Pinned onto my Dance board. Nice shot.
laurinovakphoto
laurinovakphoto June 20, 2015
Thanks so much @mcphoto2bug
jackiehodsdon
 
jackiehodsdon July 06, 2016
So love this! Gorgeous lighting, perfecting framed! Kudos! :-)
laurinovakphoto
laurinovakphoto September 16, 2016
Thank you Jackie!!
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana April 23, 2018
Awesome capture!
laurinovakphoto
laurinovakphoto November 10, 2019
Thank you!
speterson6
 
speterson6 April 24, 2018
Lovely dance photograph. Great light and mood. Nice work Laurin.
laurinovakphoto
laurinovakphoto November 10, 2019
Thanks so much!
Nick13
 
Nick13 November 29, 2019
Amazing
Lvarga
 
Lvarga November 30, 2019
this is the best!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken during a dress rehearsal for a ballet recital in my home town of Elgin, IL. I have been involved with this studio in one way or another for over 40 years.
Time
Dress rehearsal runs from 11:00am - 3:00pm on the Saturday before the recital. Being held in an auditorium the time of day isn't a factor as there isn't any outdoor light or windows to allow light in.
Lighting
Stage lighting can be tricky, it can be constantly changing, lighter, darker and as with soloists here they are in a spot light. Watch your meter and be aware of shadows as they move across the stage, especially on their faces. Light is a changing factor when shooting recitals, plays, and concerts. If there is any way to attend a rehearsal I highly suggest it.
Equipment
Camera make:Canon Camera model:Canon EOS 6D Focal length:200 mm Max lens aperture:f/2.8 Exposure:1/160 at f/3.2 Flash:Not fired, compulsory mode Exposure bias:0 EV Exposure mode:Auto Exposure prog.:Normal ISO speed:ISO 4000 Metering mode:Pattern Hand held
Inspiration
I'm a dancer (ex-dancer), dancing was always a passion. I also taught ballet for several years. I'm inspired by the younger generation, their determination and the hard work they put into making their performances be the best they can be. This dancer leaned over to fix her shoe and the light from the side of the stage was perfect. Her costume was gorgeous and her pose perfect. Thankfully I was at the ready!
Editing
There is quite a bit of editing on this, something I don't normally do but I saw this image in my head as a black & white with little background. I had to do clean up work on the background, stage curtains, wooden flooring, other stage lights and scenery all took away from the perfect pose and beautiful costume. The main focus needed to be on the dancer. I'm not a technical editor of my images, I do what works for me. In this case likely a bit of cloning and spot healing in Photoshop. B&W conversion was done in Adobe Lightroom along with spot removal - there are many dust spots and bits of tape etc. on the stage floor.
In my camera bag
My Canon 6D is my main body with either the Canon 17-40 1:4L series lens or my old and trusty Canon 70-300 1:4-5:6 IS lens. I use these 2 more than anything. Depending on what I am shooting I also have the Canon 100mm 1:2.8 macro lens which I love for much more than just macro and the Canon 50mm 1:1.8 lens which I use when I shoot portraits. I do have a Canon 430 EX II flash, a few ND filters and the usual cleaning supplies. I keep my old Canon t1i for a back up and has served me nicely to use as a 2nd body/lens for events. I have 2 tripods - a smaller/lighter travel Manfrotto MKC3-H01 and also an Induro CLT-203 with a Sirui ball head. And yes, I still have a Canon AE-1 SLR film camera with a 50mm and 75-200mm 1:4.5 lenses that still gets used.
Feedback
If you are going to a recital, concert or any time of indoor venue where the lighting is low and changing constantly, be prepared with your best low light gear. Know your camera! Practice in low light if you're not used to shooting in that situation so you can get familiar with the best settings to use and also to get to know where your buttons are so you can change settings on the fly without looking. Try to get in early to get a feel for the best spot to set up. If there is a rehearsal ask about attending and shooting during the rehearsal. It may be easier to actually move around and shoot from different angles than during an actual performance. As with anything, practice is the best advice. Knowing your subject matter is also important. Because I've danced, taught dance and also helped behind the scenes for many years of dance recitals I'm better prepared to know what is going to happen on the stage so I can be ready to shoot it at any moment.

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