I love shooting dance. All kinds of dance, especially ballet.
Last weekend, I had the privilege of shooting a pop-up performance by Ballet Bloch Canada, at The Polygon Gallery’s outside water feature, in North Vancouver. These were young dancers, probably between 12 - 16 years old, and they were amazing! Their show was called “On the Water”, based on Swan Lake, with some lovely classical music.
I shot with my Hasselblad 500c, Canon EOS 1, and Canon 5Dmk III. Lighting was tricky, because it was around 5:30 pm when they were performing, and there were strong shadows from the gallery, with bright, high-contrast light from the sun, and the dancers were moving in, and out of the light. I shot with Kodak Tri-X 400 film in the Hasselblad, pushed to EI 800, which worked quite nicely, because of the huge exposure latitude with that film. I developed that film at home the same night, and scanned it the next day.
Here are some photos from On the Water, featuring Ballet Bloch Canada: