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Sounds like you were shooting in some tough conditions, Ron.
I don't mind the drifts/ice formations in the first shot. I think they add an interesting element that doesn't interfere with the dancer.
What I do think takes away somewhat from both shots is how the horizontal background elements (lakeshore, treeline, river) cut through the subjects. A longer lens and/or different camera angle might have been helpful if conditions would have allowed.
The girl's attire in the second shot also takes away the "dancer in the elements" vibe I am used to getting from your images, but I can certainly understand why she...Show more →
Thanks, Larry. I'm used to the snow in NW New Mexico and southern Colorado at the base of the Rockies. You get a gorgeous snow and then you play in it at 35-40 degrees. I've skied sometimes in a t-shirt. But here in Chicago, the temperature starts getting cold -- like really freaking cold -- in early December and it never recovers until sometime in March or April. Not a fan of the Chicago winters, but I love my wife so I deal with it.
I get what you're saying about the horizon, but not much I could do with it. I was sitting in the snow to give her an elevated look, which is how I shoot my leaps. I was shooting with my long lens, my 70-200.
Agree about her attire in the second shot, but it was freakin' cold, and I had her in dancer's tights already for the first round of shots. It doesn't help that she's from Brazil. I like the idea of having a dancer in regular clothes doing dancer things. Jordan Matter did that sometimes in his "Dancers Among Us" series, but obviously to a much higher level. I just thought I'd try it out, still not sure how much or if I like it.
Thanks for your comments, always appreciate them!