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Visiting family in Charlotte and have had the opportunity to shoot with a few dancers, including Charlotte Ballet dancer Meila Mertz, some featuring beautiful mural art by Osiris Rain. C&C welcome.

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Aug 17, 2023 at 06:10 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


Very nice action and sedantic poses, Mark!
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Aug 17, 2023 at 06:41 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


A beautiful athletic woman in action! Boy she is an eye catcher Mark! Beautiful compositions!!!

Dan



Aug 17, 2023 at 12:20 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


Meila literally bent over backwards for you. One artist captures another. I love the background and her athleticism, Mark.


Aug 17, 2023 at 01:29 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


GoodEgg wrote:
Meila literally bent over backwards for you. One artist captures another. I love the background and her athleticism, Mark.


Many thanks ! Meila is amazing - Love the metaphor



Aug 17, 2023 at 04:15 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


douter wrote:
Very nice action and sedantic poses, Mark!
Douglas


Many thanks !



Aug 17, 2023 at 04:15 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


Many thanks - yes she is very athletic and is a very beautiful young woman ! ☺️

Danpbphoto wrote:
A beautiful athletic woman in action! Boy she is an eye catcher Mark! Beautiful compositions!!!

Dan




Aug 21, 2023 at 06:20 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


Very nice set and B/G is great.

C&C and Nitpick

Nitpick for pic 1-2-5 and 8
- Maybe you can clone out the bodysuit square label as distracting.
- Pictures 5 and 8 are duplicates.

C&C
- Pictures 1-2 s/8 white top of bodysuit to be toned down.

- Picture 1 left leg to buttocks to ne lightened for smooth transition of skin colour.

- Picture 2 top of her head merging in the shadow. some lightening to separate.

- I would also have a C/U of her right hand touching the sun graphic.

- Picture 3. I would dodge her eyes and burn her torso.

- Picture 5/8 to create a C/U of her left hand/foot.

- Picture 6-7 darken the whole body.

- Picture 9 lighten the lower body part to balance with the upper part.

My take is you are using a single strobe placed too high creating an unwanted hard shadow on a couple of photos and a two zone color and brightness on the body.
I fully appreciate the limitation of any shoot in terms of time and location where there is only one but choice which is execute the shoot.

N.B. Photography and Retouching is always subjective.




Aug 22, 2023 at 01:55 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


Almass wrote:
Very nice set and B/G is great.

C&C and Nitpick

Nitpick for pic 1-2-5 and 8
- Maybe you can clone out the bodysuit square label as distracting.
- Pictures 5 and 8 are duplicates.

C&C
- Pictures 1-2 s/8 white top of bodysuit to be toned down.

- Picture 1 left leg to buttocks to ne lightened for smooth transition of skin colour.

- Picture 2 top of her head merging in the shadow. some lightening to separate.

- I would also have a C/U of her right hand touching the sun graphic.

- Picture 3. I would dodge her eyes and burn her torso.

- Picture 5/8 to create
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Many thanks for the detailed C&C - devil is in details and these improvements would def help.

I was using natural light for all of these, and so was doing my best with the sun where it was - when have 90 min to shoot end of day the early ones will always be a bit higher with the sun than others, if only could do ALL of them at perfect timing



Aug 22, 2023 at 08:15 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


I again have reviewed your images and find them most engaging. Especially #1! She is very athletic and very beautiful!
Sometimes we dont have the proper amount of time to review a composition then re-shoot. Thanks to post processing and constructive comments!
Dan



Aug 23, 2023 at 10:44 AM
 


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


Thank you ! Indeed I try as much as possible to get things right but when there is movement this brings another challenge, and hard to ask a dancer to do the same thing multiple times and always expect to get exactly what looking for !

Danpbphoto wrote:
I again have reviewed your images and find them most engaging. Especially #1! She is very athletic and very beautiful!
Sometimes we dont have the proper amount of time to review a composition then re-shoot. Thanks to post processing and constructive comments!
Dan




Aug 23, 2023 at 02:39 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


You're really gracious. These are good photos and no amount of nitpicking is needed to make them better.


Aug 24, 2023 at 09:12 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


jlafferty wrote:
You're really gracious. These are good photos and no amount of nitpicking is needed to make them better.


Many thanks, appreciate the feedback

I don't mind constructive feedback at all, others help me see new things



Aug 25, 2023 at 06:07 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


Excellent set


Aug 25, 2023 at 05:57 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


Thank you 🙏

saaketham wrote:
Excellent set




Aug 26, 2023 at 06:51 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


Great set except for shooting on railroad tracks which is illegal and deadly. Too many models and photographers have been killed shooting on tracks. Other than that great series.


Aug 26, 2023 at 09:42 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


Many thanks - agree is something you donít want to cut corners on

Just to reassure we were safe and had two police cars nearby for the time we did photos

njtrout wrote:
Great set except for shooting on railroad tracks which is illegal and deadly. Too many models and photographers have been killed shooting on tracks. Other than that great series.




Aug 26, 2023 at 09:46 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


Congrats on a beautiful win Mark!
Your lovely model, her athleticism and grace are perfect and you did her PROUD!
Dan



Aug 26, 2023 at 09:57 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


Thank you 🙏 🙏 🙏

Was in fact her first photoshoot

Danpbphoto wrote:
Congrats on a beautiful win Mark!
Your lovely model, her athleticism and grace are perfect and you did her PROUD!
Dan




Aug 26, 2023 at 10:04 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Ballet Dance in Charlotte


mholdef wrote:
Thank you 🙏 🙏 🙏

Was in fact her first photoshoot


She is a natural Mark!




Aug 26, 2023 at 10:08 AM
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