It’s been a while since I’ve shot anything of the dance world, but being able to work in the Teatro Juarez, a truly magnificent structure in Guanajuato, was so inspirational, we sought out a beautiful dancer to place in its environs. It was a twenty minute shoot, squeezed in during the lunch hour, but very worth the hustle it took to put the pieces together. Again, thanks to the PhotoXperience team in Guanajuato for helping me out.
Tough to place a light as close to the subject as you might like when using a 14-24mm lens, but this theater is grandeur defined, so I threw customary caution about super wide glass to the winds and shot with the lens racked out to 14 mil. Not a job for small flash, as by the time the light travels from the hot shoe unit to the subject it will most likely be a tad harsh. (Not to say this is impossible with speed lights, just would take some time, perhaps multiple units, and some broad based diffusion.) For simplicity’s sake we went with the Elinchrom Quadra, fitted with the 59″ indirect Octa. The key for the light to be decent here, again, given how far away it is from the subject, is not only the size of the source, but the indirect nature of it. The lamp head inside the box is directed away from the subject, into the interior, cavernous space of the light shaper, and really pushes out of the box in very soft fashion. So the distance factor is mitigated greatly as a negative thing. I’ve been using this light shaper like crazy, and really fond not only of the softness, but the evenness of the exposure across the face of the Octa. The indirect nature of the light really smooths things out.
Again, just really grateful to the folks here, and at the theater for allowing a quick shot done in the midst of all this architectural splendor. Thanks as well to Carlos Figueroa and Eddy Tostado who did the makeup, and of course, Aleli, a very beautiful and patient dancer, and Alex Sahagun, who assisted on the shot.