Many years ago, I was told photography is the art of light. I've never forgotten that and I preach this philosophy to student photojournalists. Recognizing the angle of light on a subject or scene can make your image "speak".
As a photojournalist, my assignments range from documenting major news events, covering courtroom cases, rocket launches and producing multimedia video stories. Recently I had the itch to get back to a little more creative area of photography.
I reached out to Lynn Ayers owner of Dance Centers of Orlando and proposed the idea to demonstrate a lighting technique. I’ve always thought that ballet is so fluid and graceful. What I had in mind was to actually paint a photograph with light to capture this beauty.
I needed an assistant on this assignment and I asked Lola Gomez, our spring photo intern from
Then, we worked with Rebecca Mitchell, who began dancing with the Orlando City Ballet and went on to dance and teach for
I wanted to experiment with the idea of using two different types of light sources. A tungsten light that produces a continuous light and a strobe that creates a momentary flash. I placed the camera on a tripod and set my shutter speed to bulb so I could create a time-exposure as Rebecca performed modern ballet. The combination of the two light sources created a photo with dreamy blurs blended with sharper moments of the dance, creating this complicated multiple exposure.
The photo was made with a