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Category : Dance

30 May 2017

Oakland School for the Arts

For the past five years I have had the privilege to photograph OSA’s Dance Emphasis. The high school young people under the leadership of Reginald Ray-Savage and Alison Hurley are incredible. The images in this gallery are from their May 26 2017 dance concert. Once or twice a year I conduct in studio dance photography sessions, but these images were all taken from their latest production.

31 Jan 2017

Tanzen German Dance Magazine

One of my Water Tango images appears on page 32 in the February edition of the German dance magazine Tanzen.

Freiburg Ausgabe 5-2017

09 Dec 2016

Living Eulogy – Christy Martin

Throughout my life other men I’ve known often talk about “The Unicorn” which in my circles means a woman who like the mythical horned creature exists only in fantasy. Too good to be true, too wonderful for reality yet an entity we all wish and hope is true.

Goofing off at Graffiti Town in Dallas, TX between shots

Three years ago I was hired by a ballet company in Dallas, TX to create some promotional imagery for their troupe. It was at that time I met Christy. A bubbly positive young lady who like her fellow dancers is incredibly athletic and talented. I’m fortunate to meet so many talented artists and at first Christy fell right into that category to which I’ve become so accustomed. And believe me, I know I live a charmed and blessed life.

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26 Jul 2015

On Location with Avant Chamber Ballet

In May 2015 I was asked to photograph the Avant Chamber Ballet in Dallas, TX. ACB is the only truly Dallas based chamber ballet. Their Artistic Director, Katie Cooper resides in Dallas and has turned the ballet community on its ear with her innovative and critically acclaimed ballet creations. Katie Puder (Cooper) danced for years with Arlington’s well-respected Metropolitan Classical Ballet. One of the many aspects which sets ACB above other dance companies is their use of live world class orchestra musicians in their performances. Many are working musicians with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, which is a double plus. We work regularly with them on both production and publicity imagery for their marketing campaigns.

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12 Jun 2015

Rovelight HSS and the Godox/Adorama Streaklight 360s

UPDATE 9-21-16 

Adorama’s Flashpoint XPLOR 600 TTL Review

UPDATE: June 22 2015

Sadly I can no longer recommend Adorama’s Rovelight. Click here for my reasons. I still highly recommend the Streaklight 360.

UPDATE June 16 2015

I had the opportunity to use both the Flashpoint 360 and Rovelight in combination today during an on location dance session. I again ran into inconsistent firing of the Rovelight with the CellsII-C HSS trigger. I have yet to determine the root cause of this inconsistent misfiring outdoors. In studio they perform better than outdoors even at moderate distances.

Streaklight 360 with a Bowens Maxlite 8" modifier.

Streaklight 360 with a Bowens Maxlite 8″ modifier.

Original Article

I recently had the opportunity to utilize a pair of Adorama Rovelights as well as a Godox AD360 and a Adorama Streaklight 360 bare bulb strobe on a commercial assignment. All four of the units are capable of High Speed Sync (HSS) when triggered by a CellsII-C trigger

My assignment was to create imagery of ballet dancers in and around the Dallas area. The art direction conveyed to me was to place the ballerinas in recognizable venues in the Dallas area. In order to achieve imagery with production value required me to shoot at higher than normal sync speeds to greatly reduce the ambient light. For all of these shots I utilized my Canon 5DIII rather than my 1DX to obtain the maximum resolution since the images will be used for posters with an option to create billboard size media materials. I would have liked to use my Pentax 645Z MF camera, but at that time HSS options were not available. As recently as June 10th 2015 I discovered a possible solution to the 645Z’s slow sync speed, but have not yet tested these units. Alex Munoz has done extensive testing on the Priolite strobes which seem very promising

One of the fantastic benefits of using Rovelights with the variety of 360 bare bulb flash units is the ability to use one triggering system, the CellsII-C. As illustrated in the photo below placing the Rovelight’s trigger on the hot shoe of the CellsII-C allows simultaneous triggering in HSS of both the Roves and the 360’s.

CellsII-C trigger which allows HSS with the Rovelight trigger attached to its hotshoe.

CellsII-C trigger which allows HSS with the Rovelight trigger attached to its hotshoe.

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24 Apr 2015

Converting a Stage Follow Spot to Accept a Strobe

Why? My view is why not?! A few years ago a friend asked if I wanted an old Leko stage follow spot. Being a bit of a lighting pack rat I said “Sure!” I originally used it so I could apply light shaped with gobos in my still photography for dance. It also allowed me to create lovely rays of light using haze combined with different gobo shapes. In its original state the Leko was a 1000 watt constant tungsten light. Plenty powerful for stage applications, but completely overpowered whenever I used it in conjunction with my Einstein strobes. Even though the Steins can go as low as 2.5WS doing simple math shows you that at 1000 watts shot at 1/250th of a second yields about 4WS, not a ton of power.

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Leko follow spot modified to accept a PCB Einstein strobe

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20 Oct 2014

Oakland School for the Arts – Dance Emphasis

Some of my recent dance photography at the OSA – Dance Emphasis group. Shot using PCB Einsteins, a Westcott Zeppelin and Elinchrom Rotalux Deep Octa light modifiers. Canon 1DX EF24-105 L f4.0.

October 2014

 

08 Feb 2014

Oakland School for the Arts – Dance Emphasis

Publicity photography for Oakland School for the Arts – Dance Emphasis. These images feature seniors from their 2014 Class. This is my third year working with this remarkable company. They are choreographed and coached by Reginald-Ray Savage and Alison Hurley.

07 Feb 2014

“Jazz Dance – A History of the Roots and Branches.”

A dance image of Jarrod Mayo for Savage Jazz Dance Company was recently published in the book “Jazz Dance – A History of the Roots and Branches” Edited by Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver. The book can be purchased directly through Amazon.

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“Jazz Dance – A History of the Roots and Branches”

Jarrod Mayo page 229

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Original image of Jarrod Mayo

 

 

30 Dec 2013

Robyn Tribuzi Dance Troupe 2013

Students of Robyn Tribuzi in a studio session

16 Apr 2013

Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucerno

Professional Tango Dancers Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucerno

Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucerno

Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucerno

Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucerno

Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucerno

Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucerno

Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucerno

Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucerno

Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucerno

Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucerno

Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucerno

16 Apr 2013

Broadway by the Bay CATS

Broadway by the Bay’s production of CATS

Orianna Hiller

Orianna Hiller

CATS

CATS

Jack Mosbacher

Jack Mosbacher

26 Jan 2013

Oakland School for the Arts

Oakland School for the Arts Dance Students under the direction of Reginald Ray-Savage. Publicity imagery for their Spring 2013 performance season.

 

06 Dec 2012

Duo Flor de Piel

Duo Flor de Piel
Laetitia Olivia and Patricio Touceda

Laetitia Olivia and Patricio Touceda

 

Laetitia Olivia and Patricio Touceda

Laetitia Olivia and Patricio Touceda

19 Oct 2012

Robyn Tribuzi Dance Troupe

In studio dance portraiture, Robyn Tribuzi’s Dance Troupe

Robyn Tribuzi Dance Troupe

16 Mar 2012

The Oklahoma Project

An all student production of Oklahoma sponsored by 5th Avenue Theatre

Bryan Gula and Keaton Whittaker

Jovian O Fry

30 Jan 2012

Savage Jazz Dance Company

Promotional imagery for Savage Jazz Dance Company

Jarrod Mayo

Alison Hurley & Jarrod Mayo

 

27 Jan 2012

Oklahoma Publicity Imagery

Billboard photography for 5th Avenue Theatre‘s production of Oklahoma. Spectrum Dancer imagery – Mark Kitaoka

16 Sep 2011

Chicago

Contra Costa Civic Theatre‘s production of Chicago
Production Imagery

Aime Shapiro

Katie Pogue

13 Sep 2011

Robyn Tribuzi Dance

Publicity Studio session with Robyn Tribuzi’s San Mateo High School Dance Troupe