The Ballerina

Discussion in 'Portrait' started by tmldds, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. tmldds

    tmldds Leica Place Regular

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    Nov 20, 2013
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    I participated in a group shoot in Houston last Sunday and the model was a fabulous ex-Russian ballerina.
     

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  2. Christilou

    Christilou Leica Place Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2013
    Lucky you, a great model! Something about the second picture makes me want to turn her a little more towards the camera though :)
     
  3. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Beautiful Tones and Figure.
     
  4. tmldds

    tmldds Leica Place Regular

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    Nov 20, 2013
    Texas
    Thank you Christilou and Brian. Christilou, with a group shoot, the photographers are generally stuck in one position and can only move a little forward, backward, up, down, but not sideways because there are always others on either side of you.
     
  5. Christilou

    Christilou Leica Place Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2013
    Ahh, I see. That must be really frustrating! On the other hand there's less pressure if you're in a group. I really struggle to overcome shyness when taking photos of people, I feel like a rabbit in the spotlight or the great pretender :blush:
     
  6. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    Beautiful.
     
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  7. russelljtdyer

    russelljtdyer Leica Place Regular

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    Russell J.T. Dyer
    Life Imitating Art

    About two years ago, I was thinking of selling my Canon 5D Mark II camera and Zeiss ZE lenses and buying eventually a Leica full-frame digital camera. Before doing so, I rented a Leica M9 camera for four days when I was in Boston to see how I liked it. One of those days I walked around Cambridge and took many photos. This one was taken on the campus of Harvard University. I caught this young woman practicing her ballet next to a statue of a ballerina. It's not my best photo, but I like the combination of her pose with the statue. I've thought of printing a large copy of it and hanging it in my hallway, on one of those narrow wall spaces that hallways seem to have between door frames.

    As for the camera, I decided to proceed with the transition from Canon DSLR to a Leica M9. It took some time to sell all of the equipment, and was delayed a few times due to some hits along the way to my personal finances, but this month I bought a Leica M9. It's in the mail heading to me. I should receive it on Wednesday (March 26, 2014).

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  8. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    She's adorable- what a great shot taken at the right time.

    Be sure to let us know when the M9 arrives.
     
  9. tmldds

    tmldds Leica Place Regular

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    Nov 20, 2013
    Texas
    We look forward to seeing some shots with your new baby. You will love it!
     
  10. raid

    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
    USA
    Raid
    Congratulations on the Leica M9.
    I was at Harvard just recently, and your image of girl and statue looks great.
     
  11. xdayv

    xdayv Leica Place Veteran

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    Mar 31, 2013
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    Dave
    Well done Tri!
     
  12. russelljtdyer

    russelljtdyer Leica Place Regular

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    Aug 2, 2013
    Milan, Italy
    Russell J.T. Dyer
    Thanks, Brian, Tri, Raid, and everyone else. I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of my M9. I see now on-line that it arrived at the Paris airport this morning. It should be in Milan by the end of the day today, and spend a while with Italian customs tomorrow. That's where and when I will worry the most. I dread having a package in the possession of Italian customs. Normally, a package will clear customs in a day or two, but they held once a package of mine for six months. Although they probably won't, they might try to charge me a hefty tax of a few hundred dollars. If they do that, it would take some doing to convince them that I shouldn't have to pay a tax for it. I won't be at ease until it arrives without a customs charge. Hopefully, that will happen Wednesday evening.

    -Russell

    P.S.: Sorry for this sidetrack of this thread.
     
  13. xdayv

    xdayv Leica Place Veteran

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    Dave
    Russel, good luck with the M9, it's surely a different experience with the RF!