Tango - Classic Pose
In order to photograph an activity, one must first have a clear idea of the core elements that define the activity in question.
I like to do that by carrying a mental (sometimes I write them down as well) list of adjectives that best sum up the activity.
Take latin dance for example. What set of words would you use to describe it?
For me the following immediately come to mind:
So even before the camera comes out of the bag - I have a clear idea of the message I should attempt to convey in the "frozen snap-shots of time" that the photographs will capture during what is after all a dynamic activity.
The start of the dance
I was fortunate to be invited to attend a Latin Dance Show staged by the excellent Aldorata Latin Dance Team on the Greek Island of Rhodes .. see Aldoragadance.gr
The Aldorata team have helped create a lively "Latin" scene on the island with their own dance school and its excellent dance teachers, a performance team that regularly entertain tourists at hotel shows and their very own Latin themed music and dance club.
What follows are the results of photographing their show.
I have selected photos which hopefully will convey all of the items in the above list and thus the essence of latin dance.
Many thanks to Aldorata for kind permission to publish these photos on this site.
A music "break" naturally interpreted with a static "dip" hold
A more athletic "break" pose
Tango - Expression of the man's attempt to dominate and the woman's apparent reluctance ..so far!
A lovely moment in Cha cha cha .. just a hint of motion still present in the "open break" gives rise the the expectation of the dynamic move just about to follow.
Distance and Separation.
Sometimes it is the space between couples in partnered dancing that is essential to the story.
Here a classic tale of a "love Triangle" was cleverly expressed via Tango
With one male and two female dancers, this is the moment when lady number two appears on the scene capturing the eye of the man - much to the "annoyance" of his existing partner .. there after the "battle" began..
Note it is lady number two entering the scene that is the focal point of the composition.
The photos above show a clear emotional connection expressed between the dance couples. Essential for the dance to appear authentic rather than contrived.
Rumba Guanguanco - the ultimate expression of flirtation in latin dance
Cha cha cha - a sexy and fun rhythm - expertly conveyed by the dance couple who are clearly having a good time. Note that the motion blur (everywhere except the face of the female dancer who is face on to camera) Adds rather than detracts from what the image is attempting to convey.
Preparation is essential when planning to photograph a show. (Especially if you are a solo shooter with a single camera body)
The following are my key tips
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