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Seems like 90% of what I post here are my dance shots, but it really makes up probably less than 10% of my business. I think it's just where I'm able to flex my creativity the most, plus I have such a huge appreciation for dancers. I promise my next FM post won't be dancers, but rather an Ice Queen composite shoot that I'm doing this coming weekend.
Okay back to this shoot. We got lucky and it warmed up to the upper 60s here in the Chicagoland area this past weekend, so the local dance company I shoot for wanted me to do some marketing shots for them for their spring production of Swan Lake.
I brought four lenses for this shoot, and used three of them (70-200, my workhorse for outdoor dance shoots; my 85 f/1.4G, and my 24-70. I brought my 14-24 too, just to be safe, as I knew I'd be working with 10 dancers, but never pulled it out. For any individual dancer shots, I shot wide open at f/2.8 with my 70-200, and for the groups, I stopped down to f/4.5 to f/7.1. I wanted to be sure all dancers were sharply in focus with any group shots.
Comments always welcome.
3. Edited to incorporate changes suggested by Steve and Dan.
4. Edited to incorporate changes suggested by Steve and Dan.
5. Okay, I had to include this one. We were moving to another part of the lake and the "swans" started running, flapping their wings. Note the mud on the bottom of their pointe shoes. :-)
6. Added a flash to this one (two, actually) as I wanted to retain the blue sky.
8. Flash again to retain the setting sun.
Edited on Feb 21, 2017 at 05:19 PM · View previous versions