Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Bouncing around ballet

"Students including freshman Rachel Cagiwa, a pre-dance performance major, perform a stretch and conditioning exercise during professor Sandra Perez's foundation of ballet class in Stephen's Hall Auditorium Tuesday afternoon. A flood caused by a pipe burst on July fourth in the CFA resulted in damage to 57 rooms, forcing three quarters of the dance department classes to relocate to Stephen’s Hall Auditorium."

Being an editor is not an easy task, but once you do any job for a certain amount of time you learn how to manage all aspects of it without many problems. Sure, it will still be stressful at times, but you'll have a better understanding of your task at hand after experiencing the ups and downs.

It is amusing when I read my other photographers blogs online and they say how busy they are. "I have had a lot of work thrown at me these last few weeks," is a direct quote from one of my photographers. I am not saying they aren't, but I just think of myself in relation.

I also get e-mails every once in awhile from other photographers who say they like my blog, but have no time to do one themselves.

In my opinion, managing time is crucial to success.

However, I won't get into that topic in this post. Maybe more on that later this week.

The above was a last minute assignment since the original cover story got cut. When a main story gets cut or changed, this generally complicates my day. Further meaning, I suddenly had drop everything I was doing to make time for the only ballet class before deadline.

The story surrounding the image is that there was a flood in the Center for Arts building earlier this year. Since damaging waters ruined many class rooms, most of the dance and ballet classes were forced to move into a different building without resources they normally use.

As I walked into the auditorium I tried to visualize how I would capture the students now having class in the old, dark theater like room as opposed to having class in their new, bright dance studio.

Despite the horrible lighting, I was surprised how many different angles I was able to shoot from.

The above image was my favorite. It was shot from the sketchy catwalk I climbed up and probably was not suppose to be on.

What I like about the image is the hands and feet coming into the frame. I shot many images during that streach trying to make everything line up nicely. Not perfect, but I still like it.

It will probably be the lead image, but one of the following will probably get the jump. I am not sure which on I like the best, so here they all are:

[Image 2]
[Image 3]
[Image 4]

Let me know what you think.


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