Creating something a little different

27th June 2012
One of the benefit's of photographing a dance event is that I can enjoy watching a wide variety of dance styles, especially when shooting an event such as Just Dance. The other pleasure is in watching dancers of varying ages and levels of skill taking to the stage and enjoying their art. For some of the younger dancers appearing in a real theatre is quite a big deal whilst the older performers, despite being more used to performing to an audience, still mark these shows a milestone in their lives.
Once the show is over and I complete my task of editing the images ready for print sales one would think my task would be as good as done leaving me to move on to the next job. But photography is my passion as much as dance is to those on stage and I'm always looking at ways of coming up with something a little different, building on my existing work and experimenting to see what happens. One of the ballet pieces, Palladio, was not only a joy to watch but has provided some quite distinctive images due to the deep red stage lighting. How could I use one of these images though to create an entirely new work?
Selecting an image I used my main processing software, Adobe Lightroom, to covert to B&W, adjusting exposure, tone and contrast. From there it was into Photoshop where I applied a textured layer then a vignette to the edges. The result is a B&W image with a slightly vintage look and feel.

Below is the image in three stages from original colour to first B&W and finally the finished art.

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