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Chantelle Murray, an aerial dance instructor, doing what she is most comfortable doing for a camera.

Chantelle Murray, an aerial dance instructor, doing what she is most comfortable doing for a camera.
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simonparry PRO+
 
simonparry September 23, 2017
Great shot,love the lighting...
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Montethephotographer September 30, 2017
Thanks Simon!!!
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marcbaechtold May 14, 2018
great composition with nice colors and good contrast, keep shooting!

Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken at Tangles Dance Studio in Surrey, B. C. (CANADA). Chantelle Murray teaches aerial silks there.
Time
Time if day doesn't influence this shot, since there are no open spaces in the room for light to come in. All light is provided by strobes here.
Lighting
I had 4 strobes at different heights and sharp angles. The trick lies on getting the lights at the levels to cover such varied movement, yet still shape it around her. I used 2 umbrellas camera right, a strip light and a beauty dish to the left. She was between 2-4 metres off the ground, depending on the pose, which is really challenging.
Equipment
My main camera right now is a Canon 5d3, and I always have a could of sets of wireless triggers on hand for this kind of thing. Strobes are 500w/s max, and although I will get a much stronger smoke machine for this next time, the small one I keep in studio did alright for this shot.
Inspiration
Human potential inspires me. My favorite people fly, swing, lift, dance, & bend, and Chantelle does pretty much all of that, so she inspires me as well.
Editing
Absolutely. I've used Photoshop since version 2, so lightroom took some adjusting to get used to it, but now it's the first phase in my work flow. I have Nik and Topaz filters, and depending on the image, we'll combine those for effect.
In my camera bag
Canon 5d3, wireless triggers, flashes, smoke grenades, batteries, polarizer filter, more cards, etc.
Feedback
Get to know dancers, practice, offer to cover their performances, edit fast and make sure they know how amazing they are. When they do something sexy, don't be weird about it.

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