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Copyright: Roger Minkow (rminkow) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3397 W: 189 N: 7476] (34772)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-29
Categories: Decisive Moment
Exposure: f/1.2, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Golden moments, Photos that I would love to be mine [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-03-01 5:48
Viewed: 1389
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am photographing the Totem show by Cirque de Soleil for one of the TV stations in Oakland. Today was the first practice and a good chance for me to get the light and lenses figured out.

I used a Depth of Field program from the website: http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html to get an idea how much depth I had to work with. Today I found out that I could be about 25 feet from the subjects that meant that I could use the 85mm lens and get a depth of about 18”. If I used the 50mm lens at the same distance I would have a depth of about 50” so that may be a good option tomorrow for the dress rehearsal.

The main issue is light. In this case unlike the gymnastics meet the subjects are well lit by spot lights. To get the most advantage I used an ISO of 4000 and an Aperture of 1.2. I found that the Auto Focus was not that accurate so I used Manual Focus which was challenging with movement of the subjects.

The subjects in the show are fantastic…beautiful body lines and expressions and amazing athletic ability. I used NIK’s Define to reduce some of the noise and then increased the Structure using Viveza.

This shot was without costume but tomorrow I will begin posting the shots in costume.

I am studying the metadata from the first shoot in order to get ready for tonights shoot. The ISO of 4000 seems OK. I am getting some noise but not too much. The F1.2 is working well with the 85mm lens and will give me about 50% more depth of field if I switch to the 50mm lens. I can see that the lighting changes during the performance dramatically so I won't be able to use manual settings. This will cause some slow down in the camera response. Tonight I will bring the 85mm lens and one other ...either the 35 or the 50 in order to get the aerial shots

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-03-01 5:55]

Hi Roger

Good capture of the look of concentration & focus of this female gymnast. Her muscle tone is also obvious. Excellent use of a shallow dof with good fg sharpness. Superb lighting & graphism. Tfs!

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-03-01 5:58]

Hi Roger.

The way the light and shade depicts the muscle structures of the arms and shoulders, has much clarity and depth. The platfrom and pose she addopts give this image life and meaning

An amazing presentation by you

Stv :))))

Bom dia Roger,
It is an ode to seek the limits of the person. Fantastic light flowing hair and muscle tension.
The picture is a poignant simplicity.

Boa tarde Roger
I love the light that fall into a very elegant moment.
I am so curiuos to see your photos. I think almost every body have seen Cirque du Soleil, they are really elegant and great atleticx. They have a creful taste, so they have everything to your mind and elegance and great photographer. I wish you take them and offer us a little exposition of beauty. I am sure it will be.
Um abraço

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-03-01 7:56]

Hi Roger,
Great use of available lighting with the play in ISO 4000 and such an aperture of f/1.2!
Perfect clarity and a stunning neat shot. Beautiful shadows on her body indicating the muscles!
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Very effective lighting to bring out the body form and structure. Good dof with nice details. Very well done, tfs.

Boa tarde Roger,

Great, wonderful, with perfect timing, colors, light.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2012-03-01 11:03]
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Wow are you ever in for a treat Roger,being able to photograph
the cast from Cirque de Soleil,no easy task,so it shows off your talent behind those lenses. Are you having to choose such a high ISO to enable you to have a fast enough shutter speed to freeze movement of the gymnastics, so that you capture their artistic body form or? Impressed with your capture of the light & of the models form.Well taken IMHO.

Very good shot, with great composition, love the way you've cropped this image. Good luck with your project, not easy to work with difficult light situation, but I'm pretty sure, you will come out with interesting images.

p.s. Asa of 4000 is quite high, but seems to me that the rendering is still very good. But hey , no choice heres, got to do, what you've got to do, and your choice is a wise one.

I like the light in this shot, Roger!

The pose of your model and her dedication for the sport is very well shown.
The focus is spot on and skin tones of your model are so natural.
Well caught mood in this indoor shot!

Kind regards,

Excellent shot at 4000asa. The natural light makes the shot - great colour, details and brokeh

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