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I'd been waiting to do this shoot with Dana for quite some time, she's probably the top dancer at Ballet Chicago at just 15 years old. I wanted a different look so we went to the Belmont Harbor to start, and then ended up at the nature walkway just south of Lincoln Park Zoo, where I do a ton of engagement session shoots but had not yet photographed a dancer there.

As we got to the end of the shoot, the sun now down, the full moon was just rising. Perfect timing. She was pretty excited about the moon so I decided to incorporate it into her shots. She had no idea I was posing her with the moon in the shot. They're probably a bit cliche, but I don't care, it was fun and she totally loved it. That's all that matters.

1. She just staring dancing for me. I told her the direction to face and then she went with it. It was so beautiful, I could've chosen any of a dozen different looks, but this one was my favorite.
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5578/15091146798_64897ef140_b.jpg

2. A split leap is a mandatory shot for these sessions.
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5563/15254711126_bf9444aa9f_b.jpg

3. After the leap, she wanted to do another move and so I put her in this last glimmer of light.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3889/15254711076_4039b40f83_b.jpg

4. A couple shots with the harbor in the background, she's lit by an Einstein and a huge parabolic umbrella.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3869/15274591101_f1ea029bc9_b.jpg

5. Slightly different direction into the harbor, same lighting.
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5580/15274591301_dc31dd395d_b.jpg

6. Had to use my charms to get into position for this shot. Just natural light.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3835/15091165627_72f0bb0da3_b.jpg

7. Now we're at the nature walkway.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3878/15254710336_07527f9f83_b.jpg

8.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3855/15091145668_c5a6f9c4f2_b.jpg

9. There's easily a 30-foot drop on the other side of this and Dana's terrified of heights. I couldn't believe she was able to pull this off.
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5559/15091145568_8c247e6c3b_b.jpg

10. You guys saw this shot already, but wanted to include it in the set.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3864/15254711536_7ef8f9933b_b.jpg

11.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3915/15277325142_552333b864_b.jpg

12.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3922/15278274805_910a74e73a_b.jpg







Sep 18, 2014 at 02:48 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


Very impressive, Ron.
Voted.



Sep 18, 2014 at 02:56 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


Stunning, Ron. Stunning. Voted #2


Sep 18, 2014 at 03:16 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


Thanks guys, I really appreciate it!


Sep 18, 2014 at 04:27 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


One of the best sets posted this year. It's clear a lot of work went into putting this set together.

Hard to pick a favorite but #2 is nearly perfect. Voted.
Greg



Sep 18, 2014 at 04:43 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


Great shots!

I find harbors to be a bit distracting (#4 and 5), but I think this did make for a way different look. Kept things interesting.

Love 1, 6, 8, and 9!

Thanks for sharing.



Sep 18, 2014 at 05:09 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


Great set of images! Love #4 and 9.


Sep 18, 2014 at 06:06 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


I like this series a lot. To me, this is one of your best "off stage" series that showcases the dancer in a very appropriate environment.


Sep 18, 2014 at 06:14 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


Very cool set, Ron! I'm happy that you were able to shoot with her. I admire your dance work, and Steve's, and am starting think it sure must be fun to work with these classy dancers!

Number 7 was my favorite and I, too, voted. Excellent work!

Kevin



Sep 18, 2014 at 09:21 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


Great shots


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


These are wonderful!

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Sep 18, 2014 at 10:03 PM
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I commented on a couple of these elsewhere, but just to repeat, the grand jete (#2) is really excellent. Getting a shot of a good dancer doing a proficient grand jete isn't all that difficult (good dancers can knock these out regularly), but what makes this one truly exceptional are: (1) the fact that she's absolutely parallel with the straightest of horizons [that's timing on your part]; and more importantly, (2) her expression - a smile that evokes serenity as well as joy. Whenever I see (or better yet, get) an expression like this, I just stop and stare at it. A third excellent element would be the loop lighting on her face. I like this one a lot.


Sep 18, 2014 at 10:12 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


Absolutely amazing session, Ron!! Stunning!


Sep 19, 2014 at 01:23 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


This is really nice work Ron.


Sep 19, 2014 at 01:47 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


These pictures are gorgeous, Ron. The ballerina is gorgeous, too! What wonderful backgrounds and lighting. Great job, Ron!


Sep 19, 2014 at 02:10 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana



Thanks, everyone, for your so kind comments!!!



Sep 19, 2014 at 02:54 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


Steve Wylie wrote:
I commented on a couple of these elsewhere, but just to repeat, the grand jete (#2) is really excellent. Getting a shot of a good dancer doing a proficient grand jete isn't all that difficult (good dancers can knock these out regularly), but what makes this one truly exceptional are: (1) the fact that she's absolutely parallel with the straightest of horizons [that's timing on your part]; and more importantly, (2) her expression - a smile that evokes serenity as well as joy. Whenever I see (or better yet, get) an expression like this, I just stop and stare
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Ah, you'll get a kick out of this. Ballet Chicago is a George Balanchine pre-professional school. After I get her with her perfect Grand Jetes about 5 or 6 times, she says the Balanchine method is to be slightly angled down, back foot slightly up. I look at her thinking you've got to be ... with me. No. We do it over and over and over. I'm convinced she doesn't really hit that angle but now we've got about a dozen of her with perfectly parallel Grand Jetes. I really appreciated how driven she was to get it exactly right. Took awhile to nail that expression, too. Thanks for your kind comments, Steve!



Sep 19, 2014 at 02:58 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


Nice series Ron. I do find the sharp background / large DOF in 4 & 5 to really take my eye away from the subject. Most other shots seem to have far shallower DOF.


Sep 19, 2014 at 04:24 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


These are seriously special pictures. Bravo!


Sep 19, 2014 at 08:54 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Urban Portrait Series -- Dancers Offstage - Dana


Cool stuff Ron! My absolute favorite is #11


Sep 19, 2014 at 10:34 AM
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