Photo Exploration: The Bird (or Movement IV)

March 8, 2015 at 8:56 pm

Aeri­al­ists are incred­i­ble. Flat out, hands down — some of the most enter­tain­ing per­form­ers com­bined with incred­i­ble phys­i­cal abil­i­ties. Twist­ing, pulling, turn­ing, falling — it’s amaz­ing. See­ing an aer­ial per­for­mance is great. Always, always, always go if you have the chance. The photo below is from the 2014 Sideshow Fringe Fes­ti­val. This ses­sion was with the FALL dance com­pany and Aer­ial Fab­ri­ca­tors.

The Bird (Movement IV, SSF 2014)

The Bird (Move­ment IV, SSF 2014)

It’s been a long time since the last photo explo­ration post. The fall and win­ter were a pro­duc­tive time, just not for updat­ing this part of the web­site. So let’s dig in one a photo taken around the time of the last photo explo­ration!

Long expo­sures a great. They are easy to do, fun to share, and usu­ally pro­vide some very inter­est­ing results. Almost every pho­tog­ra­pher I know has gone through a water­fall period, which usu­ally involves con­sid­er­a­tions for ND fil­ters, low-as-possible-ISO, stop­ping down the lens and look­ing for the shadi­est spot pos­si­ble to get a good image of creamy water over still rocks. For that mat­ter, I still do those shots when the oppor­tu­nity arises!

How­ever, when work­ing in a black box the­ater with high con­trast spot lights, it’s much eas­ier to do long expo­sures than any­thing else. The ques­tion is, just HOW long should that expo­sure be? 1 sec­ond? 5? 1/2″? It’s trial and error at the start, and with per­for­mances you might not get a sec­ond chance. Pro tip: auto-bracketing helps tremen­dously in this sit­u­a­tion. But once you get the set­tings dialed in for the scene, some fan­tas­tic work can be captured.

I remem­ber the piece being incred­i­ble. Bursts of motion over­laid on still and gen­tle cross­ings of the stage. When the per­form­ers were climb­ing, it seemed like they could have stayed aloft for­ever. When one came down, it was like a bird emerg­ing from the egg and imme­di­ately tak­ing flight. Enthralling, to say the least!

Bele Chere Street Photography

August 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

From Bele Chere 2012. Down­town Asheville. 5Dmk2 and 50mm f/1.4