Martina Verbeni

Series: Dance

Series: Dance
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Contest Finalist in Use Of Artificial Light Photo Contest
Runner Up in Lets Dance Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Lets Dance Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 15
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Peer Award
Superb Composition
Absolute Masterpiece
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Outstanding Creativity
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Top Ranks

The Creators ExhibitionTop 30 rank
The Creators ExhibitionTop 30 rank week 1
Capture Shadows Photo ContestTop 30 rank
Capture Shadows Photo ContestTop 30 rank week 1
Use Of Artificial Light Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Unforgettable Portraits Photo Contest by ZenfolioTop 30 rank
Unforgettable Portraits Photo Contest by ZenfolioTop 30 rank week 3
Unforgettable Portraits Photo Contest by ZenfolioTop 30 rank week 2
Lets Dance Photo ContestTop 20 rank
Unforgettable Portraits Photo Contest by ZenfolioTop 20 rank week 1
Lets Dance Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Image of the Year Photo Contest 2016Top 10 rank
Image of the Year Photo Contest 2016Top 20 rank week 1
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 15Top 20 rank
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 15Top 30 rank week 2
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 15Top 20 rank week 1


12 Comments | Report
BrianBasson PRO+
BrianBasson February 13, 2017
Wonderful photo.
michaeltillman Platinum
michaeltillman February 13, 2017
I love your imagination. Your shot are very well done.
cdelgado May 03, 2017
Awsome picture shows every muscle. Lighting and capture of the dance pose
myriamverne-soury May 03, 2017
Amazing composition, bravo Maximilian !
carlosledesma June 05, 2017
This is awesome , she looks like a trophy.
Jordan_Bouwer June 19, 2017
Wow, so much power and strength displayed. Love the light on her.
Slickteig67 February 03, 2018
WOW!!!! Stunning shot!!
Beardog2003 Premium
Beardog2003 July 22, 2018
amazing shot and strength very cool
robiecagle April 18, 2020
An amazing photo which truly highlights the beauty of the human form!
Rc1229 October 06, 2020
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charterswilliamosborne November 29, 2020
Bravo; amazing image.
mlmiller49 Platinum
mlmiller49 September 21, 2021
Winged Victory? (vintage hood ornament ). Beautiful model with great lighting.
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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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