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Akua Parker and Anthony Burrell

Akua Parker and Anthony Burrell

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This was a difficult shot!

There are several variables working in this shot.
She started by standing on his knees as he leaned back holding her legs with both of his hands.
She held the hem of the dress in each hand. Now the challenge was to time 3 different things (her, him, and the dress) she jumped up throwing the dress up as he fell back.
They both ended up on their butts on the floor. The dress did not look good on some of the tries and on some he was already on the floor before she reached her peak....and I had to guess when to snap.
Like I said it was difficult but worth it!

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MarcViskens13-Feb-2015 09:51
perfect shot Richard
exceptional performance of the dancers
godro07-Apr-2013 01:15
Linda Marie Van Tassell 28-Jan-2013 22:48
She looks like an angel descending from heaven and catching him in the middle of doing something sinister. He appears to jump backwards in surprise.

Beautifully done!
Guest 01-Jan-2013 00:46
You have created an amazing photo. Be proud of yourself!
Ron LaCroix14-Jan-2012 04:49
Exceptional! And the timing is everything in this shot. V
marie gabrielle 22-Aug-2011 19:29
exelent posture and timing and lightning on this peace.
goelsamuel12-May-2011 17:22
Truely amazing shot! Excellent execution! V++
sunny02-May-2011 17:41
Lister28-Dec-2010 22:46
Stunning capture .......V
traveler7116-Nov-2010 02:37
great shot! Vote
andrewd_za15-Jul-2010 16:24
This is just superb. I keep on coming back to it...~V~
David Gaar15-Jun-2010 10:02
Damn, Richard, you really do set the bar pretty high. Fantastic work.
tomaszpawelek13-Feb-2010 21:24
william mahan16-Jan-2010 03:11

Artistry of the highest order and undeniable technical achievement...BEAUTIFUL FLOW !!!!
Guest 15-Jan-2010 01:36
great shot
Marcia Rules09-Jan-2010 23:40
add my name of this worthy list of admirers!!! VVV
Utsav 08-Jan-2010 20:27
Stunningly awesome! Vote!
Essa Al Ali02-Jan-2010 15:41
Great capture.
Ron Horloff01-Jan-2010 18:53
I think one of your most impressive...
C Ann How28-Dec-2009 18:47
Spectacular dream~ this is emotionally impactful! VVV
AL SAMHA EAST - RAZA28-Dec-2009 12:19
Phyllis Stewart28-Dec-2009 00:35
OUTSTANDING! SUPERB! Best of the best? Hard to say, since you have so MANY "bests"in your galleries. Voted, of course.
dynax7d27-Dec-2009 15:24
This is fantastic artwork. Big vote !
Dan the man27-Dec-2009 13:40
Yes!!! It sure is a Unique shot!!! Excellent!! VV
Dan the man27-Dec-2009 13:40
Yes!!! It sure is a Unique shot!!! Excellent!! VV
Martin Schiff08-Oct-2009 21:10
Every time I see this image, I marvel at how incredible it is. Probably my favorite dance image of all time.
MARIA LUIZA MARIANO 02-Apr-2009 12:45
Simplesmente DEMAIS!
Anthony ARRAZA......
Lance Brown31-Mar-2009 03:57
Cynthia 21-Mar-2009 02:55
I LOVE this one. Like man coming face to face with an avenging angel. Fabulous.
Brian 03-Mar-2009 15:30
Wgat an amazing shot!
Ronald Abrahams03-Mar-2009 08:35
Very well done Richard, there more you try the harder it get.
Rathika Ramasamy02-Mar-2009 13:46
Bang Truong02-Mar-2009 01:25
Wonderful action shot, love it !
meekam tam27-Feb-2009 03:15
What a shot!
Günter Hofstädter27-Feb-2009 02:17
cool !
Günter Hofstädter27-Feb-2009 02:17
cool !
Buz Kiefer26-Feb-2009 22:03
Things here keep getting better and better. This is amazing. Vote.
selinab26-Feb-2009 18:53
WOW!~ Amazing shot.
Yi Feng26-Feb-2009 17:30
Fantastic timing. V
Martin Schiff26-Feb-2009 03:47
This may well be the most incredible dance image of all time!
Naomi Sheaffer25-Feb-2009 19:07
This is one of your best, Richard! Congrats to the three of you for this outstanding image. V
Brad Claypole24-Feb-2009 01:02
One of the best - ever!
Claude Martin23-Feb-2009 20:06
Fantastic... like a beautiful bird or a butterfly...V
amy 23-Feb-2009 14:51
this is my favorite. cover shot for sure. wonderful.
Reflections by Ruth23-Feb-2009 14:12
Holy cow, this is perfection no matter how many times you said it took.
worth it 200% :)
Kevin Tran23-Feb-2009 09:26
So difficult shot! So beautiful with sparking color! Voted!
Kevin Tran23-Feb-2009 09:26
So difficult shot! So beautiful with sparking color! Voted!
Kevin Tran23-Feb-2009 09:26
So difficult shot! So beautiful with sparking color! Voted!
Ann DeCamp23-Feb-2009 00:41
Wow! Truly excellent, Richard
Astrid Taen22-Feb-2009 19:27
Amazing! BV
Keith Rankin22-Feb-2009 19:06
MAGIC is right!!!!!!! GMV
Steve Morris22-Feb-2009 18:41
A truly stunning image of human form and beauty!!BV
Cathryn Gallacher22-Feb-2009 18:17
Wow!! Another real star in your fantastic collection! BV
Philippe GUERIN22-Feb-2009 17:35
unbelievable quality of image... you are the best... world champion!!!All your galleries are so beautiful... I have no word to discribe what I think realy!!! I have to work my english vocabulary..!
Monique Laguë22-Feb-2009 14:00
Impressive and and fantastic picture.
A great work.
Pawel22-Feb-2009 13:07
No words for this one!!!!

NatalieV22-Feb-2009 07:12
wow, wow, wow! v
Martin Schiff22-Feb-2009 06:59
This is a breathtaking image!
Paco López22-Feb-2009 06:12
Spectacular!!!!!!!!!! VBV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gil Purcil22-Feb-2009 06:08
Unbelievably amaaaaazing!
SensPix22-Feb-2009 04:31
Bravo ! Absolutely Wonderful Shot
Larry Peterson21-Feb-2009 22:52
Absolutley beautiful in every way, Perfect comes to mind. BV
Jan Koster21-Feb-2009 22:28
Absolutely stunning!
Ken Chambers ARPS21-Feb-2009 21:05
Richard this shot must be classed as one of the greats of Ballet Photography, not just in your galleries but universally ...... voted
BleuEvanescence21-Feb-2009 19:59
Totally worth it!
What an incredible shot once again Richard!
My god...this is so excellent.
The connection between these two
and the beauty in the
Natures Exotic Beauty Photography21-Feb-2009 17:16
I can not even find the words. FANTASTIC
Eric Pouhier21-Feb-2009 17:15
Natures Exotic Beauty Photography21-Feb-2009 17:13
I can not even find the words. FANTASTIC
Lin Chia-Yi21-Feb-2009 16:51
Jean-Luc Rollier21-Feb-2009 12:23
Du "jamais vu" ! Bravo Richard!
Sandi Whitteker21-Feb-2009 11:21
Fabulous capture and stunning dancing.
Gus Rosenfeld21-Feb-2009 04:39
Gosh, all that top-heavy explanation - and, it looks so simple ;-) You saved yourself hundreds of inquiring Emails, I'm sure. Amazing, in behalf of all three of you - and maybe four, for the choreographer. Quite a move, as well as image. g
Ramy Salem20-Feb-2009 19:28
supreme shot amazing colors great lighting .v
Jola Dziubinska20-Feb-2009 18:54
Stunning photo, fantastic movement shot. What a great start for the new gallery. Vote.
Milan Vogrin20-Feb-2009 18:43
Michael Parkinson20-Feb-2009 18:23
Truly an exceptional image. I'm thinking more than a few takes to get this kind of perfection.
Galina Stepanova20-Feb-2009 17:42
Exceptional shot, Richard!
LeeG20-Feb-2009 17:21
Fantastic shot, just amazing! ~V~
Ursula Armstrong20-Feb-2009 16:44
Uschi (V)
Willybol20-Feb-2009 16:26
Very impressive! V
Cathy E. 20-Feb-2009 16:10
Whoa! Absolutely amazing! VVVV!
monica memoli20-Feb-2009 16:07
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Big vote!
Carolyn Rasmussen20-Feb-2009 15:48
What???? Speechless. Incredible. Vote
Steve Jones20-Feb-2009 14:55
WoW! Amazing!!...........V
Sofia Solomennikova20-Feb-2009 10:35
woooow!!!! V
ilan shtinberg20-Feb-2009 06:45
outstanding performance of you and the dancers !
Raymond Ma20-Feb-2009 06:40
Magnificent!!! V
Jean-Claude Liehn20-Feb-2009 06:26
A picture probably made on the moon, where gravity is lower...
A difficult shot indeed...
GP Merfeld20-Feb-2009 06:09
Such an extraordinary image!!!
TuTmin20-Feb-2009 05:25
superb capture.congrats Richard.
shatterbug20-Feb-2009 05:05
What a great shot...amazing!
Christian Frisquet20-Feb-2009 04:50
Difficult surely ! But what a wonderful result!!! vVv
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad20-Feb-2009 03:06
OMG! This is fantastic. It is as if an angle has taken wing. voted
Robin Reid20-Feb-2009 02:11
Wonderful work.
PauloCGama20-Feb-2009 02:01
stunning. just stunning!!! VV
Mindy McNaugher20-Feb-2009 01:58
Speechless!!!! Perfection! Vote!
Marcia Colelli20-Feb-2009 01:26
beautiful !!! V
Susanne v. Schroeder20-Feb-2009 00:38
Impressive image!!
Noel Saratan20-Feb-2009 00:21
wow, this is superb!!
Marek Hofman20-Feb-2009 00:05
Sue Robertson19-Feb-2009 23:59
One of your best!. Awesome image. v
Betty Vlasiu19-Feb-2009 23:57
Stuning!So beautiful...v
Eric Thériault19-Feb-2009 23:53
Nora van Beek19-Feb-2009 23:41
Amazing.....Just Amazing!!!!
Robert Charity19-Feb-2009 23:39
amazing capture of movement, v
Ed Goodnight19-Feb-2009 23:35
Marek Hofman19-Feb-2009 23:24
sushislee19-Feb-2009 22:57
Gervan19-Feb-2009 22:43
Fabulous, fabulous. Voted!
Jaime Serrano19-Feb-2009 22:42
Absolutely Impressive!!!!!. Big Vote.
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography19-Feb-2009 22:39
Fantastic, Vote !
Steve Mockford19-Feb-2009 22:38
Another wonderful shot Richard. This looks like something out of a dream. Beautifully done!! ~V~
Robyco19-Feb-2009 22:38
Unbelievable..................... (big Vote)
João Rampim19-Feb-2009 22:35
Patrick HANEZ19-Feb-2009 22:31
Incredible and fantastic. Patrick BV
marie-jose wolff19-Feb-2009 22:19
fantastic capture of the movement! V
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