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Session with Model-Dancer at the Garden of the Gods

Session with Model-Dancer at the Garden of the Gods
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amandacoombes
 
amandacoombes August 26, 2016
Ooo beautiful..
stschultze
 
stschultze December 23, 2016
Its one of those images that makes you stop and go "awwww" ... If you create more like this you might become the Ansel Adams of posing - awsome timeless piece of art! Congrats 4 catching moment + atmo as one = MASTERPIECE :)
beckyreding PRO+
 
beckyreding November 06, 2017
AWESOME
Daniel-French PRO+
 
Daniel-French November 07, 2017
Great directing with your model!
StuartSoni
 
StuartSoni December 14, 2017
awesome shot. As you framed it and toned creates an amazing effect.
Aunto
 
Aunto March 22, 2019
amazing shot...:-)

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Behind The Lens

Location
As a special project I did a series with Colorado College dancers. We would often go up to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs in the middle of April, early in the morning as the sun was coming up. Needless to say it was often quite chilly, but these ladies were real troopers and worked with me to capture some great material. This young lady was amazing and had an incredible work ethic. Much of the credit for these dynamic images has to go to them.
Time
This was photographed around 7:00 to 8:30 in the morning in mid-April.
Lighting
This particular morning we happened to have some interesting cloud formations. I tried a technique In PS with this image of making duplicate copies of the layer and offsetting them just slightly to give them a 3D type of appearance, then masking out the dancer I place a duplicate of just her and the rock so she was stationary and more pronounced in the image. She was then converted from color to BW.
Equipment
This series was done back in 2004 with a Canon EOS-1D. Back in the day it was only about 4 megapixels. I was using a 28mm-105mm 5.6 L lens. sky light filter. That morning my setting were ISO 200, aperture was 10 and shutter speed 1/400. I wasn't using a tripod, just hand held and no flash.
Inspiration
Dancers had become a great source of inspiration to me and one of my favorite subjects to photograph. I love their grace, beautiful lines and magnificent form. Putting that combination together with great landscapes from the Garden of the Gods just seemed like a winning formula.
Editing
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In my camera bag
Typically I will carry Canon 5D Mark lll, with either a 35-300 5.6 Canon L lens or the Canon 70-200 2.8 L lens. I will a Canon 580EX flash, off camera cord, off camera transmitter and receiver, extra batteries, Sandisk compact flash cards, misc filters and accessories. Manfrotto tripod.
Feedback
Plan your excursion well. Assistants are helpful. Take good care of your models. Prepare for the unexpected. Have permission and permits if necessary. Have fun, but be careful!

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