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December 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

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Ballerinas Brussels

One stormy afternoon, in Brussels, I started a ballet photo shoot. The clouds quickly loomed lower and lower as we arrived at the wonderful location. I had previously scouted the place out. It was a lovely stone colonnade outside a museum, which was deserted the first time I visited. When I took my daughter there one afternoon, after she had finished at her ballet summer school, it was crowded with a martial arts group. The second time we returned, this time with another gorgeous dancer, it was fairly empty. Just a few tourists peering through the closed museum windows. So, we began our shoot. Within a few minutes, the sky was so dark, I was using the highest ISO possible and under exposing by 2 full stops, just to be able to take photos! Since we had quite a walk back to our accommodation, and I didn't want to get the camera soaked, we decided to call it a day after only a few shots. We hurried back to our apartment just as the huge thunderstorm hit! It was probably a good thing we returned to close the skylight window, or our apartment might have been an indoor wading pool.  Ballerinas in BrusselsBallerinas in BrusselsBallerinas in Brussels Today I made a start on working with three of the photos. First I played with the colour and light in Photoshop, then added some macro images of jewelled ballet costumes in 'overlay' blend mode. Ballerinas in BrusselsBallerinas in BrusselsBallerinas in Brussels

One of the challenges of shooting in a public place, is onlookers. They seem to have no idea that they are actually IN the shots! Several people were standing around watching, so I decided to photograph the girls' feet.

Ballet pointe shoesBallet pointe shoesBallet pointe shoes Above are the photos in their original state.

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Then, I worked on the light and colour to create a softer, lighter feel.

These photos were taken using my macro lens with a wide aperture.

For this image, I placed a crystal in front of the lens to add some distortion.

I converted the photos to black and white before using Overlay blend mode in Photoshop.

Ballerinas Brussels Ballerinas Brussels Ballet pointe shoesBallet pointe shoesBallet pointe shoes I then masked areas of the top layer in and out to create a dreamy sort of feel which was much more what I imagined than what the stormy day allowed.

 

 


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