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Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE F200
Location: Providence Ballet studio, Providence, RI
Date: May 21, 2005
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/90
Galleries: Emotive, Performance
Date Uploaded: Jan 2, 2006

This is one shot of over 400 I took during a long dress rehearsal for the Providence Ballet Youth Company's Spring '05 perfomance. I had to shoot at ISO 800 to avoid flash (I wanted to capture the beautiful late afternoon light from the large studio windows).I also needed to be as unobtrusive as possible and flash would have been very distracting to the dancers. I would have loved to blur the background a bit but I don't have the lens capability (nor at this moment even the software).I'm sure if I had better equipment this would have turned out really lovely. Well, one has to make the best of what one has. I hope what it lacks in image quality, it makes up for in mood and composition. We'll see.
I love the classic, un-self-conscious pose of this beautiful young dancer. She was in her own world, preparing for the rehearsal that was about to start. I'm sure she was feeling like a prima ballerina in her tutu.This is actually cropped from a larger image which included some other dancers giggling off to her right. I just wish I could have captured the moment at a slower speed so as not to lose so much detail in her skin and hair.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/30/2006 06:54:18 AM
This is a wonderful image, but the thing that would have really made the image pop is a much more shallow dof. The walls in the background definitely take away from the subject. Even just blurring them would have helped to focus on the person.
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01/29/2006 06:29:19 AM
Degas would have loved this photograph.
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01/28/2006 10:54:04 PM
10 from me...good luck!
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01/27/2006 09:24:39 PM
i see ballerinas and i think of sonifo... lovely subject but I would have cropped it differently or taken it with a different background.
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01/26/2006 05:34:17 AM
What all young girls dream of doing, to dance. Lovely soft image. I would have loved it more, if you could have seen her reflection in the mirrow on the right as well.
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01/24/2006 07:24:49 PM
Very pretty!
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01/23/2006 10:36:08 PM
Touch of Degas! Excellent.
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01/22/2006 04:51:09 AM
I think that this could have been a better picture without the background distractions. And with a little more detail and focus in the clothing.
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01/21/2006 06:40:55 PM
Lovely shot. Background is a bit distracting, and the lighting isn't that dramatic.
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01/20/2006 10:48:47 AM
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01/20/2006 09:31:04 AM
did you try some shot at the mirror/bar. Reflections of ballet are nice too.
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01/20/2006 02:04:55 AM
Very nice shot! Love the framing, love the soft effect. You're a little crooked though. Straighten it and you get another point.
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01/17/2006 10:28:45 PM
Suggestion: crop in from the left to eliminate the open area beyond the end of the white "frame". This area is a distraction from your main subject, the young ballerina. Also clone out the tabler edge or whatever it is below the mirror on the right, since this, too, draws the eye away from your subject. I really like the colours in the image and the pose of the ballerina.
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01/17/2006 01:00:41 PM
wishing for tighter focus
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01/16/2006 05:45:17 PM
I like the composition of this. I feel as if it's screaming for post editing. I see it with an aged filter or perhaps a bit of grain with black and white. As it is, it kind of is lackluster, but not bad, just not outstanding. I hope this helps.
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01/16/2006 03:29:25 PM
beautiful image. love the soft focus - works well with the subject.
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01/16/2006 03:03:33 PM
If I standstill, the roach in the corner will not see me..

Adorable capture! I am sure she was lost in thought!
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01/16/2006 01:37:09 PM
I understand the fuzziness is an effect, but I think this photo would have been more striking if the subject were more focused.
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01/16/2006 01:10:58 PM
Reminds me of a Degas painting.
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01/16/2006 11:46:43 AM
I think this could do with 3 main alterations.
- I think it needs to be rotated slightly anti-clockwise since the first line you look at is the one by her face, and that one isnt vertical.
- It would look really nice with a soft focus diffuse glow or something to make it seem dreamy. It would also hide some of the noise that seems to be in your photo.
- A very slight USM because it seems slightly out of focus currently
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