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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


Hey everyone,

I think I actually didn't shoot an Urban Portrait Series in 2013, which is really weird for me. My goal was to shoot at least one a month once it warmed up in 2014 and this past week, I got to shoot this year's first one with two dancers from Ballet Chicago. It was fun to get back into an urban setting, which was the roots for this series when it started five years ago. Just got word over the weekend that I'll be doing my second gallery show with this series in September. Now just have to find time to do more of these summer to prep for the show.

Comments welcome.

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2.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3916/14330915104_4589380fc7_b.jpg

3. Things I like differently between 3 and 4, such as where they're looking.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3853/14144979698_d7d20cd8aa_b.jpg

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http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2937/14308496426_99942ef5fe_b.jpg

7. This is how ballet dancers take selfies.
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11. Adding this one as it was asked to see a wider version of 8.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3860/14365124083_05a269a021_b.jpg

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Jun 02, 2014 at 01:25 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


7 & 8 are very nice, Ron. The BG are pretty competitive in a few of the others, possibly.

John Caldwell



Jun 02, 2014 at 01:34 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


Fabulous set with good variety, backgrounds, composition and lighting.


Jun 02, 2014 at 01:42 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


Wonderful set. Love #4 the most.


Jun 02, 2014 at 02:01 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


Howdy Ron,

I remember your earlier photos like this from a few years ago.

I think several in this series are much better than the others I recall. I hope you take that as a compliment.

From this set, I liked image 7 the most. Very nice image! Very nice expressions and capture of them in the air, in the location and together.

I also liked 6 and 10 more than the others.

I hope these quick comments help you.



Jun 02, 2014 at 02:05 PM
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Thanks, John, Wildcats_Fans, rongwam and Steady!

John, yeah, I really wanted more separation in No. 1 with the dancers from the background. They were jumping on these little stones, so we were pretty limited as to where they could jump, and I didn't have them away enough from that ivy-filled wall.

Steady, yes, I've been doing this series for a number of years now (aside from last year). And yes, I do take it as a compliment, as you intended. Always hoping my work gets better year by year. Your faves are my faves as well.



Jun 02, 2014 at 02:17 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


Nice work, Ron! I agree that the "Bean" and the one after, with less background busyness are most appealing, to my eye. Where in Chicago are the garden photos shot?


Jun 02, 2014 at 02:35 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


Absolutely love 8 and 9! Great set Ron!


Jun 02, 2014 at 02:38 PM
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Sharona wrote:
Nice work, Ron! I agree that the "Bean" and the one after, with less background busyness are most appealing, to my eye. Where in Chicago are the garden photos shot?


Thanks, Sharona! 1-5 are shot on the SW side of The Art Institute building, I just love shooting there! No. 6 is shot at the Millennium garden, between the Pavillion and the Art Institute. Are you in Chicago?



Jun 02, 2014 at 02:39 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


Very nice series indeed. 7 and 8 are excellent ... however #10 is simply superb.


Jun 02, 2014 at 03:09 PM
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tonyfield wrote:
Very nice series indeed. 7 and 8 are excellent ... however #10 is simply superb.


Thanks, Tony! I knew you were going to really like No. 10.



Jun 02, 2014 at 03:48 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


Great series - very well done.

Number 10 has a very different mood for me - looks more like it was taken in a studio. That certainly isn't meant to have a negative implication. I'm just observing the mood feels different for me. All very well done. Thanks for sharing.



Jun 02, 2014 at 04:22 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


Like them all and #10 in particular. A very moody image.


Jun 02, 2014 at 05:43 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


Hi guys, thanks! Since you mentioned No. 10 and that it's different, that's what I was going for. The other shots were during daylight and meant to be colorful, fun, and lively. This one, the sun was down and we were in a back alley behind a theatre. I wanted to create a really moody image with a dancer under the Stage Door sign. Shot with two speedlights, I was pretty happy with how it came out.

Thanks for the comments!



Jun 02, 2014 at 06:09 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


The first few as John mentioned are a bit busy. From 5 onwards they are great. I think 5 is my favorite even though 8 and 9 have a great backdrop.


I know a couple of dancers and might have to try an urban series.



Jun 02, 2014 at 06:11 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


Looks like fun...the last is my favorite....nice drama in that one.



Jun 02, 2014 at 07:12 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


Great series, Whats not to love about any of them? I really like the firsts and the third. I like number 4 but feel 3 is stronger because of her hair color. That contrast of color really makes that one pop! Thanks for posting!


Jun 02, 2014 at 10:35 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


Majestic


Jun 03, 2014 at 01:46 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


Great work Ron! My favorite is #5.

Best,



Jun 03, 2014 at 02:23 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Urban Portrait Series - downtown Chicago w/dancers


John Caldwell wrote:
The BG are pretty competitive in a few of the others, possibly.

John Caldwell


You are right. The dancers are so muted that the strong - colour, contrast, pattern - backgrounds tend to dominate.



Jun 03, 2014 at 05:10 AM
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