En pointe

12 05 2008

Early Sunday morning I photographed Alexa again, with the goal of getting a stellar cover image for the July/August issue of Hearing Loss Magazine. I first met Alexa this past December when I photographed her performing in The Nutcracker Ballet (https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2007/12/01/beauty-and-grace/), presented by the Classical Ballet Theatre (http://www.cbanva.com/).

I did get a really great image for the cover, but it will be kept under wraps until its debut in early June. In the interim, I’ll share some of the other images I did this morning. I played around in Photoshop with these two still-life-type shots, using several of Doug Boutwell’s Totally Rad Action Mix actions to get this dreamy sepia effect. What a great way to make a nice photograph more special. I highly recommend these great actions! Check out his revised website here: http://www.gettotallyrad.com/

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Beauty and grace

1 12 2007

I jumped on the opportunity to photograph a production of The Nutcracker this past Saturday night. I was hired to photograph a young dancer, Alexa (shown in the collage below), for my Hearing Loss Magazine. I photographed the entire show, but concentrated on getting shots of her for our magazine. This was the first time I had seen The Nutcracker and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hats off to the Classical Ballet Theatre (http://www.cbanva.com/) for this beautiful production! Stay tuned for additional photos of other dancers from this troupe. I’ve photographed a play or two before (in my college days), but this is a first to cover a dance performance. It was fast-paced, colorful, and challenging shooting sans flash in a dark theatre with varying light plays and lots of movement!

I googled for details on the history of The Nutcracker Story (ashamed to say I knew little about the story until now), and found this:

The NutCracker Ballet

In 1891, world renowned choreographer Marius Petipa commissioned Peter Tchaikovsky to compose the music for Alexandre Dumas’s adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” Its first performance in 1892 was a complete failure –– its critics and audience disliked it. However, since then, The Nutcracker has been the most widely performed ballet in the world. Almost every ballet company from Australia to Europe and Asia to America performs the The Nutcracker during the holiday season. The reason being, in 1954, George Balanchine, yet another world renowned choreographer, created a new production of The Nutcracker. If you’ve seen The Nutcracker, it was most likely a version based on Balanchine’s.

Learn more at: http://classicalmusic.about.com/od/balletsynopses/a/thenutcracker.htm

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And a few more images…