Martina Verbeni

Series: Dance

Series: Dance
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12 Comments | Report
Karenjean406 December 07, 2016
ailishdoyle December 08, 2016
Such power and strength. Magnificant.
StauchMan March 04, 2017
Sheer power!
SirAlfred March 04, 2017
I had a pockher table that shape once upon a time long ago great shot.
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gregedwards March 15, 2017
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livioferrari March 16, 2017
Congratulations for the award!
myriamverne-soury March 16, 2017
Amazing shot, bravo Maximilian !
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khalli March 16, 2017
Wonderful control of the muted tones without their getting bland, washed out, or with too much shine. Wonderful pose and of course the perfect model to hold it.
GregHauser March 17, 2017
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Cruiser48 January 24, 2018
Awesome built model
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Iszy June 02, 2018
Truly remarkable photograph... Totally in awe of the incredible talents of your model, the dedication and hours of training are shown in one click of your Camera... Gratitude in showing your work...
isilvaphoto August 07, 2018

Behind The Lens

This image has been taken in Perugia in a home Studio.
The session started at about 9.00 PM and we finished after midnight.
To get the desired effect I used two flashguns diffused with softboxes placed left and right slightly above the ballerina to contour the body and a third flashgun diffused with a softbox from the front above as fill to slightly lighten up the shadows.
As camera I used my trusty Canon 7D with the Canon 24-105IS-L lens on it. I did not use a tripod, since between the single shots the movement was noticable and I had constantly to reframe. As flashes I used a Nissin di866ii and two Yongnuo YN568ii flashes triggered with the Yongnuo YN622 wireless system.
I admire the combination of pure power and absolute elegance in a dancers body and movements. The idea was to combine this two aspects and create powerfull portraits. Working with Martina was a stunning experience. Not only is a professional dancer able to perform movements that would break a normal human beeing, but she did it time and time again and this attitude pushed us to try new poses and gave me the possibility to play with the lighting like I never did before.
Post processing in this case was easy. The starting image was almost spot on. I enhanced the contrast using dodge&burn techniques to smooth the overall lighting differences. After the contrast processing I applied some color correction and moved the background black level slightly to a bluish tint. Not having the background completely black reduces the contrast with the ballerina and therefore the background becomes less important and outstanding.
In my camera bag
As gear I usually bring the Canon 7D, the Canon 24-105IS-L lens, the Canon 50f1.8 lens and a couple of Yongnuo flashes. Also in my bag are several memory cards, a cardreader, a usb hdd for backup, several aa batteries with a charger and a couple of 7d batteries.
Understand your lighting! Moving the lights just a little bit can make a huge difference. It took me a bit of time until I figured out how to make light work in my favor. It is important to start with a well defined idea of how the result should look like. This kind of images demand a lot from the models and once they got tired it is game over so reducing the setup time from shot to shot is very important. Also knowing what to look for in a ballerin's pose is crucial. Dancers practice for years to get the positions and poses right and portraing them the wrong way is like taking a picture of a Ferrari without wheels. I had the pleasure to work with a professional dancer and instructor for this shoot and they helped me correct the poses from shot to shot.

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