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Lighting Magic

I am starting out 2008 with more experimentation with lighting. Here I cut a hole in the black backdrop and poked a 600ws bare strobe head through with a 6" reflector.
This setup is guaranteed to blind the photographer with each shot if the dancer does not completely block the light! ( I was blinded a lot!)
When I was lucky, this backlight created stong rim lighting which separates the dancer from the black background.

I also used opposing strobes to create strong sidelighting which accentuates a dancers body and muscles.
Just look at Robert Dekkers incredible body! I played with different combinations of front side and back lighting depending on the pose and dancer.
All shots were made with my Canon 5D at 100 ISO (some at 200) and my Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS Lens.

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Kiley Casciano Allison Bridgers Rebecca Crawford Robert Dekkers
Jessica Kaczor Garet Erwin Nicole Ranieri Sabrina Sandoval
Robert Dekkers Sabrina Sandoval Robert Dekkers Garet Erwin
Colleen Saul IMG_1266.jpg Rebecca Crawford Nancy Casciano
Robert Dekkers Maggie Ellington IMG_1190.jpg Lauren Ring
Erin Sipsy Maggie Ellington Erin Sipsy Colleen Saul