Entry number 86 for the 2022 365 Black & White Challenge is a photograph from a dance portrait session.

A dancer lights herself as she spins.
2022 365 Black & White Challenge – 86/365

My walkabout camera (Z6 & 50mm 1.4) is getting a lot of work these days.

Saturday 9:42 am

We’ve had a few calls between us and my wife (currently in Sydney for some shoots and enforced relaxation) so my daughter is handling Mum being away pretty well. Plus, I’ve filled up the day with activities until we collect Mum from the airport tonight.

I’ve just finished watching a behind the scenes Peter Coulson (don’t look him up if you’re at work!) shoot with a dancer and it just reminds me how much I love to shoot dance portraits. It also reminds me that I haven’t done it for many years (if you don’t count the quick and dirty dance advertising shoot for my daughter’s dance school – I don’t count those). 

My last dance shoot involved a dancer in a pitch-black dance studio. The only light in the room was coming from the light (or lights) the dancer held, lighting herself as she moved. 

I am definitely wanting to do this shoot again as well as a daylight black and white ballet meets fashion grunge-but-elegant session where I’m shooting off the backdrop. This means the dancer is firmly within the backdrop confines but you still see past the edges of the backdrop.

I have a couple of ideas of who I can use for this but I’m contacting a family of a ballerina I photographed YEARS ago to see when she is next in Australia.

I’m very thankful to have access to a dance studio with a proper sprung floor to shoot, allowing my dancers to properly move. When I say I have access, the last time I asked if I could potentially shoot in the space, the owner said “Your wife has keys”. Again, very thankful.

I love it when my creative side forces its way to the top.

PS: Did you love the photo? Each photograph in the 2022 365 Black & White Challenge is made available as a single signed limited edition print. If you are interested, you can purchase the print at the Shop for only $36.50. If it’s not there then someone beat you to it! I thank you for your support of my photography and this website.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you for your time and your attention! I will see tomorrow you for the next post.



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# Photo Information 
Camera: Nikon D4s | Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G II ED (VR) @ 70mm | Settings: 1/400, f/2.8, ISO 4000 | When: Wednesday April 4, 2018 @ 21:42 | Where: Hastings, Victoria, Australia
Cameras: Nikon D4s 
Lenses: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G II ED (VR)
Lighting: ICElight
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Post number: 199 | Published: Sunday March 27, 2022 @ 0701 AEDST | Composed: Saturday March 26, 2022 @ 0942 AEDST | Scheduled Posts Ready To Publish: 0 | B&W 365 Challenge: 86/365 (23% complete) | Candidates Folder: 8 (6 B&W/2 colour)
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