I went out yesterday and photographed Joanna Vymeris, who you might have seen in a couple of my previous posts (see Thing with Feathers and Cirque de Bombay). We had talked about doing an outdoor photo shoot for a while, and after rescheduling a few times due to bad weather we finally met up outside King’s College and proceeded to walk along the backs and then back through St John’s. A walk like that takes about 1.5 hours if you stop and admire the view and snap a few shots. Having a properly trained dancer like Joanna in front of the camera is a joy, she has a big repertoire of jumps and poses that look great, taking the photos to a whole new level.
In case you wonder about the title, there is a reason for it. I write this blog as much for myself as I do to share the photos, and there was a valuable lesson learned today. When photographing jumping shots with a modern DSLR it is very easy to just hold down the shutter button and machine gun the sequence from the start of the jump to the end. The point you most likely want is at the peak of the jump, when the dancer is hanging there in mid air, still for a split second. If you catch her too late, you will get her hair going up as she goes down. At the beginning of the shoot I completely failed to notice the little details on my camera screen, but after a while I caught on. Anyway, the title is a reminder to myself that when doing jumping shots, don’t just machine gun, instead try and catch the peak of the jump with one shot. Oh, and a friend pointed out to me that this is not just ballet, but also acrobatics. Thanks, Clara! 😉
That’s it for this time. I hope you enjoyed the photos! We had a lot of fun. May week is coming up soon, there should be plenty of new photo opportunities then, not sure how to top this though. (Update: check out my Urban Ballet post with Joanna).