Russian State Ballet in Zhenjiang China

I have never shot ballet before so I jump at the chance to go and shoot this show and I assumed that except for the lighting, that this would be an easy job.

 

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The show used a lot of LED lighting which I hate because it floods the image with pure colors and there is little you can do with the file except to convert it to Black and White.

 

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Shooting ballet was much more difficult that I had expected. The biggest problems I had was shutter speed and the dancers limbs. The dancers moved very quickly on stage at times and to freeze their jumps and movements meant that I needed a shutter speed of around 1/500 second and in such dark conditions, I had to use  ISO 8000 and above. Even when I was freezing the dancers motions, I consistently underestimated how long there legs were and ended up cropping off their toes or fingers. I had some great looking shoots that were ruined by a cropped toe or finger.

 

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D3S_4610-681x1024-681x1024 Russian State Ballet in Zhenjiang China

 

D3S_4610-681x1024-681x1024 Russian State Ballet in Zhenjiang China

 

D3S_4610-681x1024-681x1024 Russian State Ballet in Zhenjiang China

 

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D3S_4610-681x1024-681x1024 Russian State Ballet in Zhenjiang China

 

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D3S_4610-681x1024-681x1024 Russian State Ballet in Zhenjiang China

 

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I really enjoyed shooting the ballet, it was tough, technical assignment and needed a lot of concentration. I was exhausted at the end of the show, but I had so much more fun than I had expected. Coming from the music photography world, I guess I had the wrong stereotype about ballet in my head. I left the theater that night with real appreciation for ballet and the ballet dancers.

Cheers

Shaun

 

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