I posted two consecutive dance photos (of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble dancers) just for sampling purposes to show the results of my new camera, but this posting is for critiquing. So fire away with the usual "too much sharpening, not enough sharpening" etc.
The choreography of the Dance "Salome's Daughters" was created by the internationally accalimed dancer and choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin. This photo was taken of her "Salome's Daughters" choreography but I named it the more generic name of "Isis Rising" which was the title of the entire performance produced by the Denver dance group the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble last September.
Cleo Parker Robinson started this dance group in 1970 as a grass roots organization and now it is a multi-cultural performing arts organization in Denver, Colorado. In 1999 the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble became an affiliate of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Cleo's group has a long and impressive resume of performances abroad including the countries of Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, and Germany which brought critical acclaim. She has taught workshops and toured with her ensemble in Hawaii, Belize, East Africa, West Africa, North Africa, Singapore, Nassau, and Iceland. In April of 1999, the Ensemble performed at the Gomhouria Theater of the Cairo Opera House and in August of 2000 they completed a sixteen day tour of Rome, Sicily, and Sardinia. In November of 2000 they also comlpleted a tour of Israel and performed at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv. This is just a very brief summary of the groups' accomplishments and I could go on about this fantastic group for hours. It is a huge honor for me to be a small part of their group and to photograph and document their dance performances.
All of the dancers that I depict in these images are all world-class professionals who belong to the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. This particular dancer is Nicole Salazar who is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. I do believe that this dance Ensemble fits into the Trek Earth theme because of their multi-cultural theme and because they are some of Colorado's best ambassadors of goodwill and cultural exchange through the arts.
*I posted a workshop photo showing Cleo Parker Robinson speaking to the audience. The workshop photo was not intended for critiquing but strictly used to show Cleo. There is a slight amount of background noise in the main "Isis Rising" image that was not visible in the large res image but after writing my long note I am not about to repost this photo.
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edytungkal (4551) 2007-05-28 22:25
Very well done picture Stan, I like it...
Great moment to capture their dance activity, colours and sharpness are well. TFS
dvlazar (6644) 2007-05-28 23:15
A beautiful image with great human patterns. The colors are nice and central framing works fine.
AROBN54 (11473) 2007-05-29 0:03
Oh, no Stan... nothing bad about this one. The lighting is perfect and I love the composition with all the arms. Great contrast in the heat red and cool green of the background. This is just extraordinary. Wow! Take good care,
carper (96) 2007-05-29 0:46
it's a fine art shot Stan,
this kind of shots is not easy to make but I think you did do a very good job here, oke some flaws just what Henk says, but farher a very good photojob, I like it.
have a fine day
jjcordier (78392) 2007-05-29 2:13
Excellent POV et bonne qualité d'image.Tu as très bien exploité les lumières de l'arrière plan et la position des danseuses. On a l'impression de voir une divinité hindoue....
bantonbuju (51787) 2007-05-29 2:26
what a successful photo - you stood precisely in the middle to take an ideally symetrical photo...
love it (and what a professional exposure handling in this indoor picture)...
vedra (0) 2007-05-29 2:45
Very attractive dance photo thanks to your chosen point of view - you were obviously on the right place at the right time.
The light is beautiful and the red background makes great contrast with the dancers in the foreground.
I like the degree of concentration that could be seen on the face of the dancer in the front.
enedimd (1532) 2007-05-29 4:29
Excellent frame with superb POV. Well captured, timing is very good. Symmetry is also superb.
Warm colors, sharpness and background view are so much good.
Well done job.
Have a nice day with my best wishes.
danyy (0) 2007-05-29 8:13
les mouvements de ces danseuses est parfait et très précis. Tout comme l'est ta photo dans les lumières et la mise au point ainsi qui le cadrage qui ici, se devait centré.
J'aime beaucoup les couleurs et sortout le POV, bien en face.
My best regards.
Floydian (30970) 2007-05-29 8:52
Flawless composition Stan, absolute perfect. Those red to green gradient is not easy to control, i see some flaws there, but it is probably caused by compression.
There is nothing to pick on; detail, sharpness and colors are all very good.
You have a real good one in this photo.
partha (14020) 2007-05-29 9:49
Hi Stan ,
A perfect shot. The composition is so balanced and nice overall symmetry in it. Great exposure control. A wonderful pre-visualized shot.
japiey (10163) 2007-05-29 10:12
First, let me smile to you for the words on the first paragraph of your note.."So fire away with the usual "too much sharpening, not enough sharpening" etc...
LIKE THE WINGS OF FIRE..
DOES THIS HUMAN ENERGY
ASSEMBLE IN YOUR SPLENDID FRAME...!!
My SALUTES to you, dear friend,
for your wonderfull share.
delic (6735) 2007-05-29 11:23
I looked at all three in this series but I'm writing as a critique to this one only as per your request. I thought the shutter speed was not fast enough in the previous two. Perhaps you wanted to have some blur but I guess in that case a slower shutter speed would work better. All this is moot of course if f/2.8 and ISO 1600 don't give you sufficient speed. Anyway, this particular one looks sharp but there is not much motion. I've heard that the Fuji cameras give better skin tones. The one in the WS, shot with D200, doesn't look good in that aspect. Then again, it's hard to tell because of the stage lights. It's hard to tell about the noise performance at this size, but noise does not bother me, esp. coming from film. OK, enough with the rambling, not sure if I make sense anyway. But this one is surely well-composed and well-executed technically. Regards,
Photo65Net (43120) 2007-05-29 13:08
A great one, you caught a decisive moment, IMO.
Sharpness and colors are spot on, and I like a lot the graphics in this one.
Didi (58810) 2007-05-29 14:21
Very good game lights and good management of the exposure.
An interesting composition, the subject is catched in a good decisive moment.
Not simple to do it.
emjleclercq (15780) 2007-05-29 16:15
An excellent (perfect ?) point of view to take these dancers since you have beautifully capture the arms' positions. The neutral bicolor background gives an excellent result here, and the contrast between the lighted left part of the dancers and the slightly shaded right part is only very good.
All the best,
danielswalsh (13599) 2007-05-30 2:04
You DO have some impressive shots in your portfolio. Good POV, nice colors and good tonal range. It could be just a touch sharper- but not bad considering you most likely hand held this one.
I like it...
faubry (35405) 2007-05-30 4:10
WOWWWWWWWWWW, wonderful image, i like this light on woman, superb capture, good note
melmcree (18) 2007-05-30 10:00
Not enough sharpening. ha ha just kidding I love it. I love your pov it looks like an Octopus! Great shot and I love the background colors! Well done Stan.
Paolo (41222) 2007-05-30 10:34
Hi Stan, a great moment, well captured with amazing colours, light and high quality.
isabela_sor (47724) 2007-05-30 11:38
Amazing !!!Another mastepiece in your series!!Perfect timing and so well balanced composition!!!The symmetry here is great,Stan, also the management of light
leo61 (0) 2007-05-30 12:41
The dancers poses,your POV,the light and colors,everything is perfect here.A great shot.
pgorod (1019) 2007-05-30 13:15
this is a very beautiful scene (I saw a video of this sort of thing once, and it is impressive) and it is remarkably well photographed.
And... the sharpening is just right! :-)
WepWaWet (3796) 2007-05-30 16:20
Magnificent work. Great timing and wonderful fine arts image. The colors, sharpness and POV are really excellent. Regards,
mesutilgim (88624) 2007-05-30 16:42
Hello dear Stan,
Wonderfull capture, very nice composed, very nice colors and great info's !
TFS and best regards
puzzle (700) 2007-05-30 17:23
again another great dance shot!!
i liked the central positioning and also the egzotic colors..
thanks for sharing..
tehanu_f (6896) 2007-05-30 18:10
Very good frame and beautiful colours...just one small thing that distracts the eye: that white thing in the foreground. It could be cropped and then the symmetry of the shot will look better, in my humble opinion. ))
zeca (19762) 2007-05-31 1:16
Again a nice photo, Stan! I see that you took these pictures from very close to the stage. You work with it?
The colours are great and your camera is really working very well. Congrats!
InasiaJones (31562) 2007-05-31 1:28
It’s not easy to cope with stage lighting and taking photographs in front of an audience, without blocking the view of spectators, But here you have achieved a great composition, taking advantage of the symmetrical choregraphy. You were perfectly located to get the best possible results. Colours are great and well rendered.
A great scenic shot!
thea0211 (1365) 2007-05-31 2:07
stan - this is a nice one - very well done! perfectly captured moment and well handled lighting - am sure it was a great performance and even more sure that you had the time of your life clicking!
jaywalker (16101) 2007-05-31 3:48
Hi Stan, The perfect POV & it needed to be to catch this excellent result, wonderful light & great colours, sharp focus & superbly framed, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
lilimih33 (9918) 2007-06-02 0:58
Very very beautiful composition and perfect point of view!
Great colours, light and clarity!
KevRyan (22956) 2007-06-02 3:22
Hi Stan - There is perhaps a little depth lost in the integrity of the background on my screen but in all other respects it is a really nice perforamance image - I see you were really quite close from the focal length unless this is a major crop - I tend to shoot 'open stage' shots from further back these days using my 70- 300 IS lens and am getting some good results but this last w/e I've been so close to (music) performers I've been colliding with their nasal hair.......not a pretty image ...but I have been getting seriously close at times!
jmcl (14535) 2007-06-03 1:30
You do a great job with the tricky conditions of the stage in all of these shots .. the thing that really strikes me about this one is the sense of dimension it has against the kind of infinite background of light. Striking composition and well done ..
derek3755 (2341) 2007-06-09 2:47
Beautifully timed shot & beautiful composition. Good sharpness & lovely colours.
vagabondtravels (6511) 2007-06-12 7:08
Great timing with this image. She really looks like a goddess. Dead on with the pov. Anyhow well done.
Bruno40 (6658) 2007-06-17 6:08
Excellent job Stan!!
You had a privileged POV, and you framed it very well. Nice warm colours.
What is the white thing on the floor?
Very good note.
teutza (10590) 2007-06-29 11:18
wow..incredible image..i don't know what to say about technical detailes..but i like it :)
i'll look carefully at the next photos:)
anesugur (18789) 2007-06-29 13:53
Superb sharpness, light and colors.
Very good composition and POV.
Best wishes. Uğur
Nikofan (1090) 2007-07-02 14:24
My congratulation for this Shiva capture!
Very difficult light!
You was lucky to have a 1/50 shutter speed!
Very well done!
plimrn (21344) 2008-03-14 21:22
Detail and color are spectacular in the well-framed photo; what a joy to be the official photographer for this charismatic group. I would love to attend one of their performances. The WS photo helpsa in understanding the success of this group.
After commenting on Salome's Daughters No.2, I decided that I wanted to explore the whole series.
sowhat (1004) 2012-01-05 8:18
Beautiful picture with wonderfuly balanced colors (green red and bround) tangetial light and delicate details. The posture is sculptural, the expression very concentrated this goes beyond dancing, it s like a ritual!
- Copyright: Stan Obert (scobert) (5355)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-09-01
- Categories: Event
- Camera: Nikon D200
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/50 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): JAPIEY'S FAVOURITES [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-05-28 22:16