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Clinton Winant
Posts: 30
Solana Beach, California, US


I am looking for examples and inspiration for pics of dancers, both classic and modern.  What I am really interested in are pictures that capture, or suggest movement.  Any suggestions???
Nov 16 12 03:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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nyk fury
Posts: 2,900
Port Townsend, Washington, US


tumblr. start with broad search terms, then gradually narrow down.
Nov 16 12 03:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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ArtisticGlamour
Posts: 3,846
Phoenix, Arizona, US


Nov 16 12 04:04 pm  Link  Quote 
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a raw muse
Posts: 2,941
Brooklyn, New York, US


I have quite a few in this list: http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/531586
Nov 16 12 04:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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Rob Photosby
Posts: 2,217
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


I am not sure that you need images for inspiration as much as you need a camera that will shoot four frames per second or faster.  All the dancers I have known already have plenty of poses.

Nevertheless, here is a list of dancers, many of them in motion  http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/392271
Nov 16 12 05:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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Cherrystone
Posts: 35,962
Columbus, Ohio, US


Google Juliet Prowse
Nov 16 12 05:26 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Clinton Winant
Posts: 30
Solana Beach, California, US


These replies are so helpful!  In my experience we try to suggest movement in several ways:  We can blur the background, an approach popular with the race car and plane folks.  We ca try to freeze an image where the dres or whatever is in a position it would only attain in motion, or we can do the reverse, shoot slow to purposefully blur what is moving.  I wonder if any of you have (a) different ways of dealing with movement, and if not, which of these you like (all three is a perfectly reasonable answer).
Nov 16 12 05:41 pm  Link  Quote 
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Paul Tirado Photography
Posts: 4,193
New York, New York, US


i got a couple of shots on my port. This, my avatar at the moment, is probably my best one so far.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120915/21/50555ace0ed70_m.jpg
Nov 16 12 05:55 pm  Link  Quote 
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matt-h2
Posts: 520
Oakland, California, US


natural beauties of qld wrote:
as much as you need a camera that will shoot four frames per second or faster.

Actually, no. You need to understand movement and when to catch a moment.

Nov 16 12 06:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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Clinton Winant
Posts: 30
Solana Beach, California, US


to matt-h2   Can you amplify?  What do you mean by "understand movement"
Nov 16 12 06:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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Brendan Lally Photo
Posts: 50
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


A great reference for dance photography, Jim does amazing work.

http://www.perfectlandscape.com/frozen_ … lcome.html
Nov 16 12 06:21 pm  Link  Quote 
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Chris Maxwell
Posts: 680
Sterling, Virginia, US


I've enjoyed shooting dancers with the same aim to show movement.  Here is an approach I've used.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111218/18/4eeea87202c61.jpg
Nov 16 12 06:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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matt-h2
Posts: 520
Oakland, California, US


Clinton Winant wrote:
to matt-h2   Can you amplify?  What do you mean by "understand movement"

For example, this photo:

http://www.matthaber.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=45&g2_serialNumber=2

was a single shot. I knew more or less when the peak moment was going to be, and triggered the shutter just before. This was shot with studio strobes, so spray and pray just would not work.

If the movement that the dancer was going to execute is one that is not familiar, I ask the dancer to run it without taking a picture. That way I can see where the right moment will be, so I can catch it the next time around.

Nov 16 12 10:27 pm  Link  Quote 
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Elise Ann
Posts: 149
South Bend, Indiana, US


http://www.facebook.com/theballerinaproject?fref=ts

Pictures of elite ballerinas posing in awesome locations.
Nov 16 12 10:36 pm  Link  Quote 
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AMCphotography
Posts: 436
Los Angeles, California, US


Chris Maxwell wrote:
I've enjoyed shooting dancers with the same aim to show movement.  Here is an approach I've used.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111218/18/4eeea87202c61.jpg

Freakin' gorgeous!!

Nov 16 12 10:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sandra Vixen
Posts: 710
Los Angeles, California, US


These are some great contemporary/neo-classical:

Lois Greenfield:
http://www.loisgreenfield.com/

Richard Calmes
http://www.pbase.com/rcalmes/

Note that these are NOT classical ballet poses, a lot of the pose are just not correct, but awesome. smile
Nov 18 12 12:17 am  Link  Quote 
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Tilishia
Posts: 38
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Clinton Winant wrote:
I am looking for examples and inspiration for pics of dancers, both classic and modern.  What I am really interested in are pictures that capture, or suggest movement.  Any suggestions???

I've only got one in my port but its one I like smile Hope its a little inspiration

Nov 18 12 01:52 am  Link  Quote 
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Creative Image
Posts: 1,316
Avon, Connecticut, US


Google Lois Greenfield.  She is the best in the US, and maybe the world.
Nov 18 12 06:34 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Sabine Luise
Posts: 890
Boston, Massachusetts, US


The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has beautiful spreads too.

https://www.facebook.com/AlvinAileyAmericanDanceTheater
Dec 03 12 07:57 pm  Link  Quote 
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RacerXPhoto
Posts: 2,456
Brooklyn, New York, US


Dec 03 12 08:04 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sabine Luise
Posts: 890
Boston, Massachusetts, US


RacerXPhoto wrote:
Pffftt MM

I really like this photographer.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/1372721#

Dec 03 12 08:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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RacerXPhoto
Posts: 2,456
Brooklyn, New York, US


Sabine  wrote:

I really like this photographer.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/1372721#

Check out this guy
http://www.modelmayhem.com/97941
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/060212/10/43ef686048f27_m.jpg

Dec 03 12 09:02 pm  Link  Quote 
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NYMPH
Posts: 602
Oakland, California, US


matt-h2 wrote:

Actually, no. You need to understand movement and when to catch a moment.

Yep. Very much seconded and agreed. (And not just because I love Matt

Dec 03 12 09:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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MB Jen B
Posts: 2,833
Clarksville, Tennessee, US


Clinton Winant wrote:
to matt-h2   Can you amplify?  What do you mean by "understand movement"

Hi,
Best example I can think of, (easily as I always feel a little robbed when I see a shot failed this in a dancer,) is when the shot is taken BEFORE the peak of the movement or at the PEAK of the movement. It should be immediately AFTER the peak just before the break which is the moment of slight relax and calm with the strength.

Getting a dancer raising her leg is the power phase, getting her/him when leg is at the peak is power, just after that is a breif moment of 'floating' which is something I always loved when I did any dance.

Jen
p.s. and only just now have I gotten back to enjoy dance and movement and have just a couple shots, (love the floating part.)

Dec 03 12 10:17 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jordan Bunniie
Posts: 1,617
Los Angeles, California, US


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Model4u
Posts: 323
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


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Rose Valentina
Posts: 57
London, England, United Kingdom


I really like this photographer's work:

http://www.pbase.com/rcalmes/ballet
Dec 09 12 06:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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ELiffmann
Posts: 1,388
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US


+3 Lois Greenfield
Dec 09 12 07:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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Koryn
Posts: 35,635
Asheville, North Carolina, US


I have a comprehensive list:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/291161
Dec 10 12 08:05 am  Link  Quote 
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