December 5th, 2014
You really thought through a lot of the details of this, and I look forward to seeing the pictures that you come up with. Some things to think about/ keep in mind before you begin photographing:
-It seems like a very interesting space to work in. You might have to decide early on if you want the focus of the piece to be a balance of the space and the poses (especially since you talked about how the religious characteristic of the song's space added a new layer of interpretation), or if you want to keep all of the focus on the movement and the poses. Either one could work well as long as this is clear, and you make choices when setting up the shoot that reflect that- for example, if you wanted to focus on the pose, you wouldn't want a spot in the background to accidentally distract and detract from that.
-Also, the image that you uploaded to show the pose is a pose frozen in space. I was wondering if you wanted to show the pose like this (even though I know that you don't plan on using the same techniques) or if you plan on showing more movement with the pose. If you do plan on showing the choreography in motion, using a slow shutter speed could give a blurred/fuzzy image that will definitely give the ethereal feeling that you are going for.
Look forward to seeing the picture- it sounds like a really cool idea!
Thanks for the feedback! I definitely am planning to use a mixture of slow and fast shutter speeds to try and capture the motion. When I was looking for stock images of the dance form, I realized that a lot of them are focused on showing static poses, which are impressive but not what I'm after, so I had to just pick one for now. I definitely want both the dancers and the space, because they are both important elements. The space is interesting in that it is unique, but I don't think there are any features significant enough to completely distract from the dancers. I will have to be careful to find the right spacing and depth for the image, for sure, though!
I really enjoyed hearing you present your ideas on Friday, and I am very glad they turned out so well. I think your mixture of slow and fast shutter speeds created a really unique feeling in the pictures, and I think your concept was very well thought out in terms of the space you wanted to use and how you wanted to present the movement. I felt like the pictures also flowed together very well, and created a story that clearly match the feel of your chosen song. Overall I really liked it.
Your photos definitely translate the ethereal feeling of the song very well, and I really like your motion shots. The music is very energized overall, and I thought that blurred shots of the dancers were beneficial in achieving this effect. However, I wish that you played around with several different angles, The song is called "no light", so seeing some darker, dimly lit shots might have added some dynamicity to the series.
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