Featured Dance Performance Thread

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Speedliner, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    How about a dance thread. It's challenging, but satisfying to get a keeper. P5070015.jpg P5070494.jpg P5070559.jpg P5070672.jpg P5070398.jpg

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  2. twalker294

    twalker294 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 18, 2010
    Ooh I got plenty of these. My daughter has danced for the last 15 years. Only problem is finding ones from the EM5. Here are a few:

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  3. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Thought this was a nice video.
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  4. SVQuant

    SVQuant Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 20, 2015
    SF Bay Area, California, USA
    I posted this one on a different thread yesterday.

    E-M10 + O75-300II @ ISO6400
    Ballet High ISO Sample 75-300.JPG
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  5. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Speedliner : great thread and your OP photos are excellent!
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  6. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Gee thanks Ulfric. I appreciate that. It's a start. Let's see some more!
  7. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    This year, I volunteered to videotape the school's nutcracker performances and had my hands full learning life in the booth/. I'd didn't dedicate much times to stills. Not many good ones this time round. Next time...







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  8. greenboy

    greenboy Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  9. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Leaps and bounds, at high ISO...
    all pics shot with the 35-100,2 or 150,2.
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  10. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Just adding a note. Sometimes we debate importance of FPS and how many is enough. In the pictures of leaps above you can see that most have symmetry - legs forming a straight line, legs symmetric to floor... it's impossible to time that reliably. The speed of em1.2's electronic shutter makes it so much easier to get shots at the critical instant. Just a little off makes the shot unusable. Mk 2's speed avoids that miss very consistently.

    I still miss focus too often, but missing timing has become uncommon...even with older 4/3 lenses. A LOT of deletions though. :)
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  11. Cederic

    Cederic Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 14, 2012
    Some excellent shots there though, hope the performers appreciate the time you've taken to work through and pick them out.
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  12. dirtdevil

    dirtdevil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 9, 2017
    You need to raise the shutter speed to at least 250th/sec or else you have blurry shots.
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  13. twigboy

    twigboy Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 10, 2016
    These are great shots. They freeze in time all the years the of practice and hard work the dancers put in. Well done.

    On a different note: How did these come about? During a dress rehearsal or a show? The last time I tried to do this during my daughter's school show (and only her parts) I was loudly reprimanded during the show by ushers. First I was told no flash; I wasn't. Then no video; I wasn't (I bought a pair of DVDs). We were not to photograph any part of the performance. Is this normal? (in USA).
  14. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Hi @twigboy@twigboy,
    It varies from venue to venue, as well as by performance company.

    For example, I've been to many shows at a certain Civic Auditorium, but at the last one the show producers had a complete photography ban.
    I think part of it is about trying to sell DVDs/photos (they did have an official photographer), but a big part of also is the nuisance that people tend to create when holding up their bright phones (and tablets!) in a dark theater.
    (I always make sure my camera's LCD is off when shooting in such environments.)

    I shoot a lot of performances for a friend's young kid, and it's getting to the point where the parents are going to have to get me a photo pass (they are extremely active in most of the organizations involved) if they want me to keep shooting; the last 2 events have had a ban.
    The people with the passes get access to the balconies, etc., which would be quite useful.
    BTW, I generally don't provide photos to the organizations, so I wouldn't be competing with the official photographers (if they're even paid) except for the one kid's family.
  15. TaoStory

    TaoStory Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    May 12, 2014
    Benton Harbor, Michigan
    Tom Remisoski
    Really awesome shots. Where were you positioned when you took them? It seems like you were onstage? :)
  16. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Hi, I was in the booth at the back of the theater. I videotape the school’s performances and snap images when I can. These were all shot with the 150mm, f2 and 35-100,f2. Even at f2 it’s hard to keep shutter speeds up.

    Thanks for asking.
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  17. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 10, 2010
    Southport, OzTrailEYa
    all good work ... you guys have to be happy with that stuff
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  18. wolfie

    wolfie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Vive la Eighties disco! (Olympus E-M5.1, 12-40 Pro and kit flash unit)
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  19. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 5, 2014
    Not strictly a dance performance, but some of the flag teams in a marching band competition are quite capable.





    Ayala high school, Chino Hill, CA at WBA competition, Long Beach, CA
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  20. CD77

    CD77 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 9, 2017
    Burnley, UK
    IMG_0956.JPG Love this photo but annoyed about the head in the foreground!
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