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These are portraits of a figure skater in motion. The figure skater, Brooke, actually competed in the US Nationals last month, and so we did a portrait session on ice at her training ice skating rink. I had two continuous lights, Light & Motion's CLx10s, on each side of her, and two Godox AD600's on each side of her as well.

All the images here were shot at 1/3 sec, f/8, and ISO around 200 or so. We turned the house lights off for these shots. I had the flash trigger in hand, and I fired them in an effort to catch her in profile to me. These were the shots that worked out pretty well like that. I took some other normal shots of her with the house lights on, but those were just normal shots. These ones here are the ones I was really interested in from an artistic perspective.

1. This was one of the shots I was really hoping to capture. A double-exposure if you will, caught in camera, at 1/3 sec. Very little editing, no compositing.






2. This one is a composite of the main shot of her at 1/3 sec shutter, and two different motion blur shots of her at 4 sec shutter.






3. A shot of her at 1/3 sec shutter.






4. Another shot of her at 1/3 sec shutter.






5. I really liked how 3 and 4 came out, but I felt like it could be even cooler if I put them together in one image. So I composited them together like this.







Mar 02, 2024 at 10:07 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Figure Skater Portraits


Very nice. I dig the use of time.


Mar 02, 2024 at 10:12 PM
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Ron,
Excellent way to convey motion! Some years ago I did something similar - in terms of lighting - that involved a Strawberry, a chef's knife, and a disco strobe. Well done!
Jim

friscoron wrote:
These are portraits of a figure skater in motion. The figure skater, Brooke, actually competed in the US Nationals last month, and so we did a portrait session on ice at her training ice skating rink. I had two continuous lights, Light & Motion's CLx10s, on each side of her, and two Godox AD600's on each side of her as well.

All the images here were shot at 1/3 sec, f/8, and ISO around 200 or so. We turned the house lights off for these shots. I had the flash trigger in hand, and I fired them in an effort
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Mar 02, 2024 at 11:15 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Figure Skater Portraits


Bravo, the best I have ever seen I wish I could vote more than once.


Mar 03, 2024 at 06:07 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Figure Skater Portraits


Really exceptional work, it feels like I am at the skating rink. Derek


Mar 03, 2024 at 08:50 AM
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Stunning photography Ron! Top shelf in creativity, uniqueness and ability!
You did her VERY proud!
So well composed and executed!
Suzanne and I are avid figure skating watchers!
Dan



Mar 03, 2024 at 10:50 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Figure Skater Portraits


Very cool, the last one is my favorite. I was wishing for at least one traditional portrait as a reference to see her.


Mar 03, 2024 at 10:54 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Figure Skater Portraits


A wonderful set and the combination a great idea.


Mar 03, 2024 at 12:09 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Figure Skater Portraits


Is this Brooke Tuft Ron? If so I know what she looks like. Saw her in the finals of dance skating.
Super athlete even if this is NOT her!
Dan



Mar 03, 2024 at 07:07 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Figure Skater Portraits


#1 is truly amazing. Love the slow shutter to show motion on these Ron.
Voted.



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Interesting..


Mar 04, 2024 at 03:38 PM
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friscoron wrote:
These are portraits of a figure skater in motion. The figure skater, Brooke, actually competed in the US Nationals last month, and so we did a portrait session on ice at her training ice skating rink. I had two continuous lights, Light & Motion's CLx10s, on each side of her, and two Godox AD600's on each side of her as well.

All the images here were shot at 1/3 sec, f/8, and ISO around 200 or so. We turned the house lights off for these shots. I had the flash trigger in hand, and I fired them in an effort
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Wonderful work!

Steve



Mar 04, 2024 at 04:39 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Figure Skater Portraits


These are beautiful.


Mar 04, 2024 at 08:48 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Figure Skater Portraits


thx Rusty!!!

RustyBug wrote:
Very nice. I dig the use of time.





Mar 05, 2024 at 10:17 AM
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Thanks, James! Always fun to play with time a bit. I'd be curious to see what you came up with!


James Markus wrote:
Ron,
Excellent way to convey motion! Some years ago I did something similar - in terms of lighting - that involved a Strawberry, a chef's knife, and a disco strobe. Well done!
Jim






Mar 05, 2024 at 10:19 AM
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Thanks so much!

Dragonfire wrote:
Bravo, the best I have ever seen I wish I could vote more than once.





Mar 05, 2024 at 10:20 AM
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Thanks! It really helps when you can be out on ice with them for these shots.

Dneufarth wrote:
Really exceptional work, it feels like I am at the skating rink. Derek





Mar 05, 2024 at 10:21 AM
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Thanks, Dan! I've always loved figure skaters, actually interviewed Tonya, Nancy and Kristi back in their day before the '91 or '92 worlds. Maybe '93. I was a sports writer back then in Europe.

Danpbphoto wrote:
Stunning photography Ron! Top shelf in creativity, uniqueness and ability!
You did her VERY proud!
So well composed and executed!
Suzanne and I are avid figure skating watchers!
Dan





Mar 05, 2024 at 10:23 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Figure Skater Portraits


airfrogusmc wrote:
#1 is truly amazing. Love the slow shutter to show motion on these Ron.
Voted.


Thanks, Allen! I love how that turned out, but the face isn't quite as sharp as I would have preferred. I want to print one of these large for my studio, and I'll probably go with the composite that's somewhat similar.



Mar 05, 2024 at 10:26 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Figure Skater Portraits



Thanks! It was an experiment that turned out pretty good. and of course some bad ones you guys don't get to see (or want to see). :-)

BeatX wrote:
Interesting..





Mar 05, 2024 at 10:27 AM
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