John Erve  

Jumping with Style by John Erve

November 2019 - Jumping with Style

About the Image(s)

I was at a Chinese Dance School Performance and had a front row seat. I took a lot of images and was always caught off guard when the dancers jumped in the air-most of those images had parts of arms and/or feet missing, or there was no facial expression. For this image, I was fortunate in that all her limbs are intact and she is looking to the side rather than forward. I processed with Topaz AI-denoise & AI-sharpen and then Topaz BW.

Tamron 90 mm Lens; Nikon 5500; 1/160 sec; F4.5; 1400 ISO

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7 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
You did very well on this for shooting a performance, as opposed to working with a model who would leap at your command.
In some situations, a little blur is desirable to show the motion. I am fine with a bit of blur on the two feet, but find distracting the slight blur in the leg garments and the left hand. If you could have shot at 1/1000 (but I don't think you could have in this situation), I would have preferred that shot.   Posted: 11/08/2019 17:20:40

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Very impressive, John! In addition to what you pointed out, the clean dark background works very well. I think, as Stephen points out, 1/160 is a little slow for this setting. Maybe a slightly wider aperture and or higher iso could have gotten you up to 1/800 or so. It must have been a fun shoot!   Posted: 11/11/2019 10:28:42

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
This is a shot that I wish I had taken. This is a wow! The eyes, face and arms are tack sharp. I slight blur of the feet and costume add to the photograph; I don't think they are distracting;, but show the movement and combined with her taught muscles emphasize the athleticism and grace of the dancer. Her expression also adds to the photograph   Posted: 11/11/2019 11:32:10

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
I agree that this is a Wow image. I don't find the moving parts a distraction as the face and body is so sharp! Her expression helps make it. Can't fault it!   Posted: 11/13/2019 11:49:52

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
I love the way your caught her leap and her expression, John. I agree with the other comments too. thanks for a great image   Posted: 11/13/2019 15:15:12

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
My first thought about this image was WOW!!!! This was a great catch. I have shot marital arts classes where there is a lot of motion - that is what (to my eye) makes the image.

This image has it all for me - the sense of motion in the blurred feet and legs. the clarity in the body and face, the tonality. I also like how the dancer is the sole focus of the image, there is nothing around her to take my eye away from her.

An incredible catch John and to my eye very nicely processed - thank you so much for sharing it with us.   Posted: 11/15/2019 11:54:28

Don Crow   Don Crow
This is a great catch John. It's very sharp and great tonal values. As for the blurred limbs, I would like to see either no blur or a bit more to show motion. Not an easy shot to get.   Posted: 11/16/2019 11:15:01