Chris Bagley

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Photographing the National Ballet of Canada

Published December 19th, 2012

I should start off by giving a great big Thank You to 500px, Sara Collaton Community Manager of 500px and of coarse the National Ballet of Canada for giving me a once in a lifetime opportunity of photographing their rehearsal for the upcoming performance of the Nutcracker Suite. I was really excited when I found out that myself, Sara and three other Toronto based photographers were going to be permitted to shoot these incredible dancers. Having reflected on the event for the past few days I came to realize that I had two completely different experiences during this event on a personal level as well as one as an amateur photographer. I'll start with the personal one.

Having been a professional musician in the past and played in the band of a number of community theatre musicals, I found myself to be quite at home in a backstage environment. The Ballets rehearsal space was large with soft lighting and a professional calmness that only comes from experienced people. I made sure to stop ...

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