John Leonardelli

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Nutcracker National Ballet of Canada 2012 Dress...

Published December 19th, 2012

First off I would like to thank Sarah Collaton at 500px, Christina and Taryn at the National Ballet of Canada as well as the dancers of the National Ballet in the Nutcracker Suite for the opportunity to come down and spend a few hours taking pictures during their dress rehearsal.This was a great example of a 500px Community event. I ended up Googling ballet pictures and realized pretty quickly that we would be dealing in low light and since it was a dress rehearsal there wasn't really any proper stage lighting. Also NO FLASHES!! and no distracting the coaching, director staff or even the dancers.

I ended up bringing my 28, 35, 50, 85, 100 and 180 fast primes, a Lens Baby F4 and my 12-24 F4 zoom. I used my D200, D300 and my Coolpix 995 with the fisheye lens on it. I wish I had a FX camera because I was reluctant to shoot at higher than 800 for fear of noise creeping in. Even at the higher ISO it was a struggle to shoot 1/125 at F2 plus or minus. Low light and fast moving subjects is a ...

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