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4 Comments | Report
Albert-Serra-Photography March 24, 2016
Gorgeous !!! Please join my challenge: So you think you can Dance.
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Montethephotographer June 17, 2016
Thanks so much!!
allanthemofmanhamilton April 13, 2016
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Montethephotographer June 17, 2016
Thanks so much!!
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michaeltillman August 26, 2016
This is a really nice shot. I'm sorry the peer award did't take, but I think it was a "Superb Composition" and nicely done.
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Montethephotographer January 30, 2018
Thank you so much, Michael!! I like comments better anyway ;}
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bobpaterson June 03, 2017
Stunning shot
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BOB! Thank you so much ;}

Behind The Lens

This image was from a 3 hour+ shoot at the Fraser Valley Academy of Dance in Mission, British Columbia, Canada.
We set up two lighting areas (3 if you include a flash on remote in the stairs), one with black backdrop, one white. On the black setup, the standard 9' roll just wasn't going to cut it, so I turned it on end and ran it the full length of the wall so we could get running and jumping without having to edit until we went blind. For the white setup, we kept poses more static with vertical jumps so that the 9' roll would keep them in frame with the backdrop. For the black setup, we used 2 strobes at strong angles to get the moody feeling this shot has.
I was shooting with a Canon 5d mark II, with remote triggers, I think the strobe heads were 400w/s, and modifiers were simple. I think 3 heads had umbrellas, one was a soft box, and one bare bulb.
This is the kind of thing that makes us remember why we like creating images to begin with. Alan Bailward and Rick MacDonald were key in setting up the shoot with the dancers and organizing it with the studio owners, who were amazing. John and Carolyne Carney got right in and helped with the shoot, and John even set up choreography for most of the day, which helped so much! We were all so amazed with what these dancers could do, we would have been missing the details that John is so tuned in to, down to perfecting leg and hand positioning in the final images.
Absolutely. In post, I cleaned up background distractions, smoothed out the marks on the floor if they took over, got rid of the standard stuff that gets in the way of the image. There are always some skin touch-ups, and that should just be assumed that we would clean up the things that aren't normally a part of a person. I use both Lightroom and Photoshop, LR for the basics and PS for the more detailed work. To get the black and white right, it really depends on the image. For this one, I think it was just using Lightroom to strip the color and pop the clarity up.
In my camera bag
Canon 5d II and III, 2 flashes, Cactus triggers, a stack of memory cards, a remote release, granola bars, usually some form of caffeine (you try to keep up with these dancers without chemical help!), a whack of batteries, usually some smoke know...the basics.
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