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Thanks so much, Jim, for your critique. That is exactly what I need. Let me first give you more information. The dance company that performs “The Nutcracker” has more than fifty dancers, mostly female, ages eight to eighteen. I take pictures that parents are able to purchase. The “mission” is to capture many pictures of EVERY dancer, from the littlest ones to the principal ballerinas. I attend dress rehearsals, multiple shows and a final studio rehearsal before performance week. In order to capture everyone, I take thousands of pictures, often looking for specific dancers. Making sure I capture all the younger dancers is quite a task. In picture number seven, I saw the ballerina approaching a leap and capture her up close, even though it meant that other ballerinas were not included. I certainly see your point.
I smiled when I read your comment about picture number six. I agree. The principal dancers have their backs facing the camera, BUT, it is the looks on the young dancers that I saw and quickly captured. That picture is one of my favorites from the show.
Thank you for pointing out cropping issues. You are correct. For posting on FM, I need to go back and crop more precisely. I crop at a 2:3, or 3:2 ratio, so that I can print, and sell, 4x6 pictures. However, on FM I am not limited to that ratio, and should have cropped the pictures more precisely.
I would have loved capturing the bottom of the dress in picture number two. Here is the story. I attend one performance and take pictures from the stage, back in the wings, either left or right. It is crowded with dancers and props, waiting to go onstage. I grab what I can but it is always “iffy” trying to get a great picture. I did not have a clear view of the bottom of her dress because there were props backstage, obstructing that view. I kept the picture because I love the look on her face, and the snow. The audience would have seen a different view. I actually went back a few days later for a performance and captured that dancer from the audience view, but the picture didn’t quite have that “magic” of the first one.
I will post more dance pictures in the future. The same group performed “Cinderella” last spring and the lead ballerina was sensational. The group graduates lots of talented dancers each year, but does a great job of helping young children advance to principal roles.
Thanks again for taking the time to critique my photos. That is wonderfully helpful. I have no photography training, but really enjoy dance photography. I also work with dancers, and more, for portraits, usually outdoors in nicer weather.