5.06.2008

The Moves

Still
May 2008

My iTunes: In Love With a Girl by Gavin DeGraw

Here is a shot from the recital I photographed this past weekend. I took about 800 images. At least half (if not more) will make their way to the trash in my computer but I managed to get a lot of good ones. Recital photography is tricky....low light, no flash, a fast lens. I am still learning this fine art of dance photography. Anyhow, I will share more later.

I love the look of this. My regular readers won't be surprised to see my subject WAY off center. Just the way I like it. The backdrop has it's own story as well in an image and so I make it vital in capturing this shot.

I sure hope the week is going well for everyone!

20 comments:

Mark said...

I know just how difficult it is to make good photographs in that situation. This one is excellent. The pose you captured here, I suspect, was that rare chance to get the dancer doing something interesting while not moving too fast for your shutter in that low light. But that's just a guess.

Robin said...

As a former ballet dancer, I just LOVE this photo, Anna! The lines are beautiful, the moment was perfect! Black and white works well to communicate solemnity (well, that, and she was alone....).

Well done...I can hardly wait til you become even more accomplished in this medium!

:)

quilly said...

This off center shot leaves me with the impression that the dancer is about to burst into action and laim the remaining space.

b13 said...

Nicely done and tricky photography indeed. I always have a hard time with low light at indoor dog shows.

Robert said...

Over 800 shots? WOW! Doesn't that make you love digital photography even more? You captured this image quite well. The b&w definitely adds to the lines and shapes. The plain background in color could have taken away from this. And I really enjoy the subject off center like that. Seeing this more and more is allowing for me to take more chances with my work.

John Roberts said...

I've tried my hand at dance photography, and it's a lot harder than it looks, even with a fast responding camera. I think you have to know enough about the dance to somewhat anticipate the dancer's next move, or else it's just blind luck if you get a good shot. You got a winner here. Composition becomes tricky too, because of the dancer's constant movement through the frame. You got that part right too!

CG said...

I love the B&W and the grainy look. I sympathise with the challenges you faced; lots of wedding photography seems to take place in low light in places where you can't use flash!

Greg C said...

That is a great shot. I had to trash about half of the once I recently took while on vacation.

christy said...

This is excellent. Good job with the lighting, and I love the off-center subject, too!

Anonymous said...

As a former ballet dancer, I love this photo. Just kidding! I hate it. Just kidding again. I love it and I never was a ballet dancer. Maybe I was in a former life in Switzerland. hehehe I obviously need more sleep.

fishing guy said...

anna: Really cool picture, is it the letter L? LOL

Jerry Pennington said...

Good shot, and it is very tricky to shoot. Have you tried the slow sync flash on dance photos where you basically freeze the subject with a flash burst, but still use a longer shutter speed to get a little blur effect? You can usually get some interesting stuff that way.

Ana said...

Loved the way you said "..way to the trash"
It always happens to me....hehe.

By the way your shot is really beautiful and diferent specially because isn't centered.

Hugs from Brasil.

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

I think you captured the shot beautifully. She looks like she's going to spring to life any second.

Jenty said...

Wow, that moment was captured incredibly well.

Dianne said...

she's lovely and the space you've given her just enhances that.

photowannabe said...

Awesome shot Anna. I love the lines and angles. Off set is perfect. It gives such depth to the shot.

Anonymous said...

Have a great week in Hawaii! You will do great!
Let God show you the pictures as he has been all along.

Blessings dear friend,
Lee Ann

Moi said...

beautifully captured, Anna. and I love it in BnW totally :)

anoop said...

these indoor low light photos without flash are damn tough to get right...but looking at yr photos u seem to have done quite well.. the rule of thirds can make a huge diff to the photos