May 17, 2013

Amy Blake’s Academy of Dance Recital—No 2


It always amazes me the different perspective that people have on photographs.
When I was reviewing all the photos with Amy a few days after the recital, I noticed how she constantly commented on how this girl’s hands were in the wrong place, or her angle was not correct or her spacing was not what it should be. A mother of a girl in today’s photograph just noted how beautiful her daughter look—irrespective of the hands being in the wrong place, etc.
Me, I mainly notice the forms, the color and the contrast within the photo.  I believe that the ladies’ posture adds a dynamic element to the photo and red/black color scheme adds a great deal of contrast and visual impact.  Finally, each of the girls seems to have a different expression on the face that seems to suggest that they each had their own interpretation of what the dance represents.
What do you see when you look at this photograph?
Camera settings:  Nikon D4, 70-200mm f/2.8 at 125mm, ISO 6400, f/5.6 at 1/180th of a second on a tripod. 
Post Processing: 
Lightroom 4—applied Nikon Vivid preset during import, set white and black points and added clarity, sharpness and vibrance and cropped image.


  1. I mostly see the colors. Good study in colors.

  2. It looks like all of the girls are not in focus. Is that because you used 5.6 aperture? Why not a smaller one?

  3. Your comment about different perspectives is spot on. My wife always sees something different in my photos that I do not see. The big question is how do you your viewer to see what you want them to see?

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  5. My first three thoughts - Color, Contrast, Dang! ISO 6400, any tweak in noise reduction? Good job.

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