Dancer: Chanté S. Rowe
It’s officially springtime in the city (and by official I mean the temperatures are upper 60s) and Chanté and I were ready to do yet another Dance Study session in Central Park. I say “another” because I’ve decided to add the images I’ve taken of her under the Bethesda Arcade to the Study. So with new dress in her bag (that she thought at first wouldn’t work, but I knew it would), it was time to create images once more. Also, it was another opportunity to see how I could continue to push Chanté to be better as a dancer and push myself as a photographer.
We came to a location in the park that had some stairs leading up to higher ground and thought this would be the perfect place to start. After having her start off on pointe in 1st, 2nd, and 4th position, she wanted to see what could be done with the railing of the staircase. So she got into place and I then moved my camera flash into position and increased the shutter speed on my camera to lower the ambient light of the scene just to see how the flash would light up the shot. The moment I took my test shot, I told Chanté to do some magical on pointe; I had loved the lighting of the shot and wanted to go with it. She got into her pose and I helped her with getting into different variations of it and captured some more shots. As she lifted her leg up just to move the tail of her dress behind her leg, I liked the pose and asked that she’d do it again but this time to hold her leg up in that position and to point the other foot. That’s how this shot was born!
I knew in post-production I’d want to darken the background just a little bit (or as Chanté would say, likkle bit), so that the sun and the flash that lightened up her skin would be the focal point. Thankfully the easy part was being able to do this in Lightroom. The tough part, as with deciding the final edit of all my Dance Study images, was deciding on keeping it in color or making it black and white. Ultimately color won out, mostly because I really liked the skin glowing in the light and the little surprise of blue from her braids. Thoughts?