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January 10, 2011

Picture Winter Day 10

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 10:07 pm
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“Seeking Balance”

One third of the way into my 30-day “Picture Winter” class, the prompt read: “As we tread softly into 2011, let’s focus on ways to keep balanced. Literally.  How about finding something that displays a poetic balance?”  Someone, rather than  something, was the first thought in my mind:

I’m hoping that the spirit of this prompt is a case where centering the shot actually works and is called for.  Finding a place in the house for Meghan to perform an Arabesque “en pointe” and fit her all into the view wasn’t an easy task.  For whatever this shot may lack in composition, I think my daughter’s beautiful pose, position and spirit compensates. 🙂

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20 Comments »

  1. She’s beautiful. What poise!

    Comment by Becky Sue — January 10, 2011 @ 10:38 pm | Reply

  2. She’s strong. What beauty!

    Comment by Gerry — January 11, 2011 @ 8:30 am | Reply

  3. Where’s the “Like” button? 🙂

    Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — January 11, 2011 @ 10:40 am | Reply

    • Uh, right there at the end of the post? 😉

      Comment by Karma — January 11, 2011 @ 4:34 pm | Reply

  4. Yup, this is a case where you break the rule of thirds. Nice capture.

    Comment by thedailyclick — January 11, 2011 @ 11:47 am | Reply

  5. That’s some damn fine adhesive you’ve got there, but when are you going to unstick her from the door frame… 😉

    Comment by FS Photography — January 11, 2011 @ 12:34 pm | Reply

  6. You couldn’t get her to go out in the snow to pose? 😉

    Okay, I need to play a little ‘Simon Cowell’ here. I strongly applaud your choice of subject for the prompt – brilliant! And your daughter is lovely in this perfect pose. BUT, I don’t like the strong flash on the door – my eye is attracted to the brightest part of the image and unfortunately, that’s it – nor the lines of the doorframe competing with her soft lines.

    When you were having difficulty fitting her all in, it was time to think differently and focus directly on what is in balance. For me, that would be her right foot ‘en pointe’. A vertical closeup shot of that, perhaps strongly lit as if in a spotlight, against a dark background, I think would have elevated this shot from ‘snapshot’ to art. Could even have taken a shot of both feet like in this image: http://fineartamerica.com/images-medium/en-pointe-lynn-andrews.jpg

    JMHO. 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — January 11, 2011 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

    • I agree the door wasn’t the perfect choice for the set-up – that’s why I mentioned my difficulty finding a place in the house to take the shot; she needed floor (not rug) space in addition to room to spread out. So much of the beauty of dance is in the appreciation of the line of the body and arms, and I felt the “close-up of the pointe shoes shot” was cliche. The flash, well, I had issues there too. We didn’t have time to do the shot while natural light was available and the separate flash I have, could not keep up with continuous shoot mode on the camera(greatly needed for catching a ballet dancer on pointe without having to make her pull the pose over and over), where the built in could. I would have liked to angle the flash away from the door – or not had to take the shot by the door at all, but my current equipment did not allow.

      I appreciate your professional opinion as always – but this one will remain a shot that personally pleased me. 🙂

      Comment by Karma — January 11, 2011 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

  7. Flash on the door? Thats what you see??? The beauty and strength of this young woman is all there is to see!

    Comment by Patricia Weldon — January 11, 2011 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

    • Don’t get too fired up, grandmother of the subject – Tracy is a professional photog expressing what she thought would improve the shot.
      You and I, of course, are focused on the beauty, strength and grace of this young woman we love so much.

      Comment by Karma — January 11, 2011 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

      • Thanks for coming to my rescue, Karen! I do hope you know that ANY comment I make comes from a good place. It is never my intention to cut your efforts down. What I’ve always got from you is a desire to become a really good photographer and the only way to achieve that is for someone to honestly critique your images.

        Let me relay a story. When I first started out, I had SUPER confidence and thought I was the BEST flower photographer people had ever seen! Most folks I showed my images to GUSHED over them and LOVED them! Then I went to a professional seminar and displayed my glorious photos which were received, well, less than enthusiastically shall we say?? I was SHOCKED! LOL! When I pressed the veteran photog for an honest critique, boy, did he let me have it! At first I was crushed, then angry but then I got over it and really listened to what he had to say. From that day forward, I learned as much as I could, practiced techniques and lighting, perused all different photographers’ works, etc. so that I would never be in that position again. If it weren’t for him, I’d probably STILL be schlepping around those first horrible images and wouldn’t have grown to where I am now. AND, I know I STILL have much to learn and miles to go.

        So, what you will get from me ALWAYS is honesty. Now, with that said, there will forever be a place in our lives for snapshots, snippets of life. Those spontaneous moments where the best lighting, the perfect pose, the ideal background and the time to ‘set it all up just right’ just isn’t available or possible. That’s okay. Any shot is better than no shot in these instances.

        You are correct that I looked at this shot from a professional standpoint, as I do most shots. Always feel free to tell me to ‘mind my own business!’ 🙂

        P.S. A simple plain bedsheet taped to the wall makes for a clean background in a pinch…

        Comment by milkayphoto — January 11, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

      • I had to chuckle at your P.S. – any bedsheet you might find in this house would probably create an even more distracting background!!!!

        Comment by Karma — January 11, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

  8. I agree with your last sentence. She’s graceful, beautiful, and certainly well balanced. Another great interpretation. 🙂

    Just a thought… Did you try angling the shot? (In a diamond shape.) Sometimes that works in this sort of circumstance. Sometimes it just looks weird, though.

    Comment by Robin — January 11, 2011 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Robin. I didn’t think of trying a diamond shape – I don’t know if it would have worked on my long-limbed daughter but I’ll keep the idea in mind.

      Comment by Karma — January 11, 2011 @ 10:24 pm | Reply

  9. beautiful..

    Comment by Patricia Weldon — January 11, 2011 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

    • beautiful

      Comment by james dinsmore — January 11, 2011 @ 6:37 pm | Reply


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