April 30, 2011

Some time ago I watched the latest show produced by Performing Center Austria: “Seussical – the musical”. There was a beautiful pas de deux with Eva Prenner and Peter Knauder, so I asked both of them to let me take photos of them dancing (or doing poses they did in this scene) in my studio. I never took dancing-photos in my (small) studio with two people, but we tried anyway. πŸ˜‰ Thanks again to Eva and Peter, you were doing great! A lot of staying power, energy and ambition! They went to school during the day and came to my studio after that and Peter went back to school again after the photos to be in time for an evening class! Dancing with pointe-shoes, that’s going to be interesting for photos too, wait and see! πŸ™‚ I just looove to take photos of dancers, it’s one of the most beautiful things at all!

Unfortunately my light concept for those photos didn’t work because I would have needed sooo much more space. I wanted to light the background in red/pink and Eva and Peter (wearing blue clothes) should have a blue touch because of low colour temperature, but my studio is just too small to do that AND leave enough space for Eva and Peter for posing… Well, I tried something else then, but I don’t really like the result now anymore. I was frustrated when my original idea didn’t work, it was “kind of” ok to light it the way it was then, but now I think it would have been sooo much better to stay simple and clean as usual, that’s just more “me”, my style of taking photos. But, well, trial and error, that happens, right? Though I like the poses they did, that’s why I’m posting the pictures anyway, even though I’m not happy with MY work, Eva and Peter were great! And later that day/evening we took some photos in the style I usually (or most of the time) take my dancing photos, so those are clearly my favourites of that day – taken with one striplight (which is only possible with very precise dancers who land/pose exactly where I tell them to, otherwise the light won’t work) and black and white or only few colour.

Those two are my favourite photos of Eva and Peter, by the way. πŸ˜‰

Please scroll down to watch a slideshow of more pictures of Eva and Peter! Enjoy!

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  1. Great Stuff Isabell, you are too critical of your efforts πŸ™‚ … but I agree with you & understand the frustration of small space, actually I face the same dilemma, but hey, this is where the challenge is, right? πŸ™‚

    Shooting the dancers is my passion too … but unfortunately don’t have much of choice here in Dubai. Your models have good talent, would love to shoot them … I already have some great ideas !

    • Thanks, Kashif!
      Really, that’s cool. In case you ever come to Austria, I can ask if someone can model for you! πŸ˜‰

      • Oh that would be awesome … my mind is already cooking a plan πŸ™‚ … I travel to Europe a lot, actually arrived yesterday morning from France after a week, so yes this can be done !

      • πŸ™‚ Cool, yes, come around, most of the people I know are dancers/singers/actors, so I’m sure I can find someone who likes to take photos just for fun if I post it on FB! πŸ™‚

  2. and btw, the 2nd photo of the guy leaning back is wow ! (my fav)

  3. Oh wow, dancers/singer/actors … you are sitting on a treasure you know that? πŸ™‚

    Now I start to feel bad, if I had any idea I would have planned something after France 😦

    • πŸ™‚ Much more fun than anything else. πŸ˜‰ That’s why I have chosen my job – getting to know interesting people. πŸ˜‰
      Oh… just think about your idea, make it perfect and come around. πŸ˜‰

  4. Ok kool, I’ll share my ideas/mood board with you on it & we’ll take on from there πŸ™‚

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