Last weekend, The Darien Arts Center put on a wonderful Dance Review. I had the privilege of taking pictures at the dress rehearsal the evening before opening night. This is an amazing company of youth and adult dancers whose enthusiasm for their craft is boundless – and terrific fun to watch.
Taking pictures in a theatre setting is really difficult. There’s just not enough light. A photographer has to push the limits of shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Fast moving dancers add to the challenge. I cheated a little bit in this shoot – I know the lighting guys and asked them to goose up the lights for me for a few seconds during each of the numbers. This helped some.
A studio shooter gets spoiled – the light and the background are absolutely controllable and your subject generally stays still. In this show, I’d watched an earlier rehearsal, so I had some sense of anticipating the action. Still, things move fast – the dancers and the lights. One of my photographer friends suggested if you can get one or two keepers out of ten, you’re doing well.
Congratulations to all the dancers in this high energy, fun performance. I love shooting dance and hope to be back next year!
Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.