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Archive for the ‘Dance’ Category

Dance Extravaganza!

_DSC6967-EditOne of the highlights of the Darien performing arts year is the Darien Arts Center Dance Show, put on each October. This year, there were something like 18 different numbers, covering ballet, modern dance, hip hop, Indian Bollywood and other genres.

 

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I had the privilege of photographing the dress rehearsal again this year. It’s a thrill to see how much fun the adult and youth dancers have putting on this show. Everyone’s enthusiasm was infectious.

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Photographing a dance performance is difficult – I have so much respect for photographers who specialize in this work and do it well. They have to deal with poor lighting, strange lighting colors and fast moving subjects. Contrast that to my work in the studio where I have perfect lighting, colors I can control, and subjects that generally sit still !

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For those of you who are interested in the technical details – I shot these images at ISO 4000. This produced some “noise” which I was able to reduce or eliminate in Photoshop Lightroom.

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The other camera settings were generally: 1) manual mode, 2) shutter speed 1/800th of a second, 3) aperture F4.5, and 4) continuous focus.

_DSC7387-EditTo steady the camera, I used a monopod. A tripod would have been difficult, as the action moved so quickly. It would have been helpful to attend a rehearsal before the dress rehearsal, so I had some idea of the choreography and thus could anticipate the moves. This year, I was not able to do that, and so had to guess a bit as to where the action was going to be.

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Congrats to all on a fabulous show!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

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Tap Dancer!

by Blake Robinson

March 28th, 2013    0 Comments     Add Comment
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This week, my friend Eli Newsom asked to use my studio to shoot some video of his tap dancing. Pictured above is Eli at work, with his wife Christy filming the fancy footwork.

Eli is an amazing tap dancer. I saw him as one of the leads in 42nd Street. He danced on top of a quarter – well, a large quarter, but a pretty confined space to be sure.

Eli’s feet move so fast they were a blur. OK, I did slow the shutter speed down here to 1/13th of a second, but this image is pretty realistic in terms of how we experience watching a truly professional tapper.

Eli gives private tap lessons, and also has DVDs and iPhone aps to learn how to tap dance. Check out his website. In his spare time, he’s a financial planner in New York and runs Bridgeport Theatre Company. No wonder he’s learned how to move fast!

These are Eli’s spiffy custom made tap shoes. Kind of a gangster feel to them. But Eli is a straight arrow through and through.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

 

Ballerina!

Recently, I had the pleasure of shooting with Kristen, a professional ballet dancer. We worked in the studio, where there were challenges keeping Kristen within the frame, especially when she was jumping and turning. She’s a lovely dancer and I look forward to shooting her in a live performance on the big stage!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.