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Stretching Pointe



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cjaimaging
 
cjaimaging May 30, 2016
WOW. Incredible image!
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Montethephotographer May 31, 2016
Thank you so much, CJ!
rachellipe
 
rachellipe August 29, 2016
This is one of the best ballet photos I've seen! Fantastic image.
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Montethephotographer November 09, 2016
Thank you so much! considering the dance imagery out there, I'll gladly hang my ego on this compliment for the week :D
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eelcovanroden October 31, 2016
Fabulous work!
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Montethephotographer November 09, 2016
Thank you so much!
madeinPortugal
 
madeinPortugal November 01, 2016
Wonderful photograph. Congrats :)
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Montethephotographer November 09, 2016
Thank you so much! :)
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KeriPettitPhotography January 30, 2017
I really enjoy this point of view. You created a fresh image of a popular subject.
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Montethephotographer September 01, 2017
Thank you so much Keri!
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loripeterson April 11, 2017
The composition of this one is so incredible!
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Montethephotographer September 01, 2017
Thank you so much Lori!!!
pieterleroux
 
pieterleroux April 12, 2017
Nice shot!
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Montethephotographer September 01, 2017
Pieter! Much appreciated!
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Alfredo_Jose February 22, 2019
Gorgeous, excellent work!
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Montethephotographer February 24, 2019
Much Appreciated Alfredo!
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Fatehi Jan 24
Congrats!
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Behind The Lens

Location
I often photograph with two friends, creating opportunities where we can get creative and bounce ideas off of each other. For this shoot, we set up an afternoon shooting on site in a dance studio, photographing the more accomplished students as a mutually beneficial project...
Time
We set up late morning and shot at 3 stations throughout the afternoon, 2 with backdrops, one black, one white, all with studio lighting and some props.
Lighting
For this particular image, I had an umbrella on the key light from stage right and an accent light Brightening up the backdrop. The main light was at a sharp angle and set low, probably about 3 or 4 feet high.
Equipment
This was shot with a Canon 5d2, wireless triggers, I think the strobes were 400w/s, most likely at half to 3/4 power.
Inspiration
The posing was absolutely key and the studio owners were on hand, and although we set up some of the poses, the dance instructor & choreographer were instrumental, making sure the positions the dancers hit were on point. (&on Pointe). The dancers themselves were absolutely brilliant, and their endurance and fitness made any position possible. If we could come up with it, they could do it.
Editing
Nik and topaz filters are always on the go with my editing, I've customized dozens of actions and presets, although I do the bulk of my post work in lightroom, Photoshop does all the heavy lifting.
In my camera bag
Lights, triggers, Canon 5d3, 24-105l series lens is my go-to, and I usually am packing some props, from hats and umbrellas to masks and swords, depending on the project. Lighting modifiers include a 22" beauty dish, softboxes, parabolic reflectors with grids, that sort of thing. You can usually find smoke bombs, spray bottle, oil and glycerine, & a variety of mineral makeup for body accents in my bags as well.
Feedback
Have concepts laid out in advance. Spend time sketching positions, lighting setups, layouts... Even story boards. It also really helps to understand dance, even in basic terms, to communicate poses to the dancers. Treat the performers as professionals, and like all artists, they need to hear constant feedback while you are shooting. I mention this specifically because I've seen photographers who don't give enough verbal feedback, much like they were photographing a plant or something. When an athlete is performing with such fluid movement, they need all the positive reinforcement you can muster... Get excited when it's working, demonstrate poses, especially if it makes you look ridiculous, tell them if what they are doing is beautiful and show them the image when it's brilliant! If you don't have the dance knowledge yourself, offer a dancer some cash to come fill in the gaps for you during the shoot, and make sure you meet up ahead of time to discuss your goals and strategies. I would love to hear from you when you do your dance shoots, let me know how it went, what you learned, tag me so I can check out how awesome it was!

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