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Dance Recital

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 13 August 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

I had to interrupt the Echo Basin series for at least one photograph from Fiona's dance recital yesterday. I took almost 300 shots in 30 minutes. For this photograph, I used Nik's Glamor Glow and onOne's Edge Burn.

(PS - you can see the False Hellebore in yesterday's photograph in the Aug. 8 shot.)

ALWAYS, ALWAYS thoroughly check out your camera and lens before shooting. Yesterday, I flew out the door late for Fiona's dance class recital. I took my D300 and 70-300mm lens. All through the recital, I kept wondering why I had such slow shutter speeds. When it was all over, I realized that I had a polarizer on. Plus, I didn't turn on the VR. Inexcusable. Glad to know that none of you ever do that sort of thing.

NIKON D300 1/160 second F/4.5 ISO 1250 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Bonita muchacha en plena danza!

13 Aug 2010 5:42am

@Paco Díaz: Si!!!

Dimitrios, think positive. from ATHENS, Greece


13 Aug 2010 5:45am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

What a prevcious little poppet. Bet you enjoyed taking all those photos. Lovely memory of her recital despite your little accident( and of course we all do the same):)))

13 Aug 2010 6:29am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Gorgeous, elegant little lady! Trouble about being a photographer is that with "300 shots in 30 minutes" You never saw her"Live", It's a pity we can't split our brains in 2, one for the camera, and one "Au naturel"

13 Aug 2010 6:36am

STEED from Somewhere, France

An other kind of Flower.....Superb Child's portrait,Jack...

13 Aug 2010 7:37am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

This cute little rat opera! Splendid composition and wonderful treatment. 5 *. Good day.

13 Aug 2010 7:49am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Lovely girl!

13 Aug 2010 7:57am

rem_la from Villiers, France

un bien joli petit rat !

13 Aug 2010 8:19am

marianne from Toulouse, France

qu'elle est belle !!!! on dirait une peinture !

13 Aug 2010 9:07am

QB from Victoria, Canada

I have never tried to take indoor shots with a polarizer cemented to my lens (and no filter wrench... damn those tiffen c-pols -- they are sticky!). Nor have I ever shot 400 landscapes with the white balance set to tungsten. I've never grabbed my bag without looking inside and ended up shooting sunsets with a 90mm macro lens. I ALWAYS remember to turn VR off when I use a tripod. I never shoot with ridiculously high ISO's in bright sunlight. And I swear I have never taken a set of shots to be blended into HDRI and bracketed them in S mode. Nope.

She's adorable. The soft focus is actually very sweet here. You captured the smile... it's joyous!

13 Aug 2010 9:35am

@QB: I would have created soft focus in processing if it hadn't been in the capture. I would like to have been more in control :)))

Formerly Known as MontereyJohn from Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

Your steeling my heart. I love to see my grand daughter, sweet Ava, in her recitals. Really nice.

13 Aug 2010 9:42am

Marie from Visé, Belgium

A photo like "David Hamilton" A light vagueness to strengthen the movement... A lot of lightness and sweetness... I like very much...


13 Aug 2010 10:04am

Marie LC from France

adorable !

13 Aug 2010 10:17am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb portrait . She seems really happy to dance and i like the light in her hair .

13 Aug 2010 10:53am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Oh my goodness! I did the same thing just last week... I forgot my polarizing filter on... haha! This is a wonderful shot. Lovely tones and the perfect timing. She's so cute!

13 Aug 2010 10:57am

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

Oh ! c'est superbe, une petite fée ! Bravo !

13 Aug 2010 11:06am

Judy aka Ladybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Difficult to capture when they're moving so fast, but you caught her - adorable!

13 Aug 2010 1:15pm

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

What an adorable little cutie.

13 Aug 2010 1:28pm

don from spokane, United States

You still came up with a fine dance shot. These slips just "happen" once in a while!

13 Aug 2010 2:18pm

@don: Actually I had an abundance of shots with which I am delighted.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is so precious - I have done all those things that QB was talking about
I remember at my oldest grandsons 8th grade graduation firing away in a blasted gym with awful lighting - trying every combination of exposures and settings that i could think of and about 2 of them came out 'sorta, kinda, well maybe, iffy". It doesn't matter what matters her is that sweet little girl on image - what a precious shot. I love this Jack

13 Aug 2010 2:35pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Oh this is PRICELESS!
(and I cannot even count the number of times I have had the settings wrong, or left the polarizer on!)

13 Aug 2010 3:04pm

SJLo from Tehran, Iran

She is happy but the color is sad

13 Aug 2010 3:05pm

@SJLo: Personally I love the color and tones. It's a mood, not a snapshot. The only thing that I changed for a print was slightly increasing the exposure slider.

tataray from france, France

Excellent le mouvement ...)
Et j'aime les tons pleins de chaleur.

13 Aug 2010 3:49pm

Macrobaby from Vancouver, Canada

Sweet...and I agree that the color and tones are wonderful! Sometimes wonderful things happen when we are not paying attention to the details.

13 Aug 2010 3:50pm

@Macrobaby: Thank you. For me, photography, from capture to print, is a very creative act. I am not drawn toward photojournalism or product photography; although I have great respect for those who are.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Oh, My ! Look at this pretty little ballerina :)) Gorgeous . She is like a butterfly , flying, so happy, so lovely .

I adore this picture of your dear Fiona !

13 Aug 2010 5:44pm

@MARIANA: Thank you; I was really hoping that you might like it.

Sylvie49 capture image from Vallée de la Loire, France

Elégance ! jolie poupée.

13 Aug 2010 7:23pm

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

just great! what energy

13 Aug 2010 7:23pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Not only that I like it , but I adore it :)) I only can dream of having a little ballerina like Fiona in my granddaughter ;))
Was not lucky to have my own girl, but it is going to be ok to have a granddaughter ;)
You should print this image and frame it for her room , for yours too ;)

13 Aug 2010 7:52pm

@MARIANA: This was printed for Grammy Ellie:)))

Devendra from Mumbai, India

Excellent Shot!

13 Aug 2010 7:54pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Perfect mood!

13 Aug 2010 8:12pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

She flies and is having great fun doing so. This is a totally sweet shot.

13 Aug 2010 8:24pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Bravo. Great capture, treatment and share.

13 Aug 2010 10:50pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, by Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful little shot....great processing.....funny how you can shoot off so many, so quickly, when the subject is right !!!

13 Aug 2010 11:06pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

A cutie.

14 Aug 2010 12:09am

Becky from los angeles, United States

Just delightful! Love the image - love the processing - so light - so lovely Great.

14 Aug 2010 12:25am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Love the soft light and color. She looks very sweet. Beautiful angel like shot!

14 Aug 2010 1:49am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Your soft focus here evokes a sense of fluidity and grace in Fiona's movement.

14 Aug 2010 2:27am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That certainly is a dance of pure joy.

14 Aug 2010 4:18am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

300 shots - your camera must have been smokin' ;-)

14 Aug 2010 4:26am

@B. Thomas: Yes indeedy :)))

Mathilde from Fontainebleau, France

Oh, Jack! what joy for you! and capture the grace and joy of Fiona. My son is a star dancer in the Ballets of Monte Carlo, I'm not allowed to photograph, her image is copiraytée! But I look at him! and that is happiness! I wish Fiona a great pleasure to dance.

14 Aug 2010 5:30am

k@ from Paris, France

Vibrant image, colors & enthusiasm included, for a super cutie - neat !

14 Aug 2010 9:33am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Really a beautiful dance shot

15 Aug 2010 4:35am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A sweet shot cleverly presented. I like this very much.

15 Aug 2010 5:14pm

Manola from Bassens, France

... Energetic this girl Fiona full of life;-))))

15 Aug 2010 5:36pm

@Manola: Absolutely!

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I can imagine how you did 300 shots. So adorable.

16 Aug 2010 1:56am

lux from Munich, Germany

So nice! The blur adds here to the impression of dancing.

16 Aug 2010 9:30am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

You captured her joy!

16 Aug 2010 3:04pm

Manel from Girona, Spain

good movement efect and very amaizin foto

17 Aug 2010 11:08am

Marie from FRESNES, France

j'aime beaucoup cette photo très gaie, avec un joli mouvement.

19 Aug 2010 8:53am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

how absolutely wonderful! love the post editing for this one!

20 Aug 2010 6:50am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

this image is full of joy and happiness ~ a pure delight in every way!!

28 Oct 2011 10:09am