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Photography Blog by Duncan Holmes

Just Dance

As anyone who follows my blog might have noticed, I can be a bit eclectic about what shoots I post up here. Though my primary focus is always as a wedding and family event photographer, I like to dabble in other areas and challenge myself to look at things afresh.

So with that in mind I've been plotting a few dance related shoots for a while now, but had never actually shot any dance (outside of a couple of shows), so I put out a casting and was lucky enough to entice Sally and Stefanos down to Largs for an afternoon.
Experimenting with dance  - SallyExperimenting with dnace - Stefanos
Fortune had provided me with a chance to shoot in a bare empty flat and then bright (though windy) weather also allowed us to step outside.


Capturing dance movementCapturing static poses was always a case of trial and error, but capturing the movement was really challenging and I hope we didn't disturb the downstairs neighbour too much with all our leaping around. We shot mostly with window light, filled with a little bounced flash.


Windswept dance poses beside the windmills

At the windmills the wind was our enemy and after walking up to them into the wind our eyes were streaming and breath was short. I think though that both dancers enjoyed the chance to work in a new environment and react to the windmills and the landscape around them. Luckily the sheep didn't get in the way.

So after treating them to coffees and food we rushed back to Largs to collect our bits and bobs before I deposited them on the train. These preview images are just a few more or less randomly selected from the shoot with some random filters applied. A lot more thought will of course have to go into the final selection and edits.

 I was truly impressed at the two dancers today, never having met or worked together before they jammed and riffed off of each other's moves and worked together to create some beautiful and interesting poses and movements.




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