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December 15, 2012
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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6/1 second
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40 mm
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Dec 15, 2012, 11:14:51 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Macintosh)
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Snow Dance by jaelise Snow Dance by jaelise
We're having a blizzard tonight, and I wanted to try this technique since...well, forever. My husband kindly modelled with me for this shot. I don't have a slave flash or anything, just my other camera and my main flash. So, since I only have one tripod as my other is broken, I used a garbage can flipped upside down to hold the camera with the flash. My 5DMKII sat on my tripod. I set them both to 10 second timer and adjusted the exposure so I could have a little bit longer shutter speed in case our timing was slightly off. I got him to press down the shutter of the 5DMKII, and a split second after, I pressed down the shutter of my 50D which was holding my 430EX flash, and then we ran to get in position! The slight orange hue is due to the lights of town bouncing back off the clouds and on to the ground :)
As always, thank you for taking a look. I appreciate it :)
Taken in BC, Canada
Edit: Changed entire warm colour palette to a cool tone to suit the wintry conditions.
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I have never written a critique before but this image spoke to me. Many people ask for critiques of their work but they don't write in their descriptions the motivation nor inspiration for the piece which will invite a critique. For that alone I would give 5 stars.

Vision: Timing is everything. Not only has this photographer captured a perfect moment in time but she saw the potential of it. Many people can look at something and not see the beauty nor the art in it. Photographers like this see beyond the obvious and this is the result.

Originality: Perhaps the idea of two figures dancing in the snow is not original but getting a husband to participate in something so romantic on what must have been a spur of the moment decision must have been an exercise in persuasion.

Technique: I am a photographer of limited talent so had this photographer not said how she did this I would have not been able to kudos again for such a detailed description.

Impact: Like I said....A perfect moment in time, captured forever. A moment of intimacy and beauty, warmth and love outshining the cold of the snow. This would make a great Christmas card for the photographer's family and close friends.
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Very well done. It is not often that you can get a night shot where the shadows are flowing towards the camera itself. The shadow itself draws your eye into the image towards you and your husband.
Overall, the emotion in the shot is truly remarkable.
With the falling snow within the image itself, there is a few areas where it could have been touched up, looking at the snow around your husband's hoody. The way that the light from the flash hits the snow, it makes it look incomplete, but raw. Out of everything else within the photo, that would be my only negative critique (which I'd consider to be more constructive criticism), and even then, it looks like you had a wrestling match in the snow before the image was taken, and does not take away from the image at all.
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AussieDidge Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Ever since this showed up on my feed, I’ve been meaning to give it my thoughts (Then life got in the way, blah blah, long story, move on). This is such a beautiful, romantic, fascinating photograph that, given all the quick, professional prep needed, came out fantastic!


The shot reminded me of a couple things; one, how much of a pain night photography turned out to be when I tried it, and two, the gorgeous ending scene of Edward Scissorhands, where a perfect moment in time is captured as Edward carves a snow angel while Kim looks on in wonder.


The look of the snow captured by the small light in the background really allows it to shine, and the snow-covered trees are always a marvel to look at. All in all, for the setting, the preparation and the turnout, this truly deserves a spot in my “Honorary Class” collection, whatever that means to you. It’s simply too pure and beautiful to ignore. A top-notch effort from both you, and your husband, for braving the cold to take this stunning photo. :iconbravoplz:


:star: :star: :star: :star: :star:

jaelise Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you for such an in-depth comment, I really appreciate everything you said! Again, thanks! :heart:
AussieDidge Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries, you earned the praise! :thumbsup:

Whenever I give myself the chance, I'm always looking out for incredible photography. :nod:
AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is adorable! Beautiful capture :)
jaelise Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
RawPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014   Photographer
This is fantastic! I think night photography is one of the most challenging things, but you have nailed it with this one. :)
jaelise Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much :)
MarietteBerndsen Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Totally amazing photo !
jaelise Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you!! :)
JMFireFly325 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
absolutely beautiful! and it's awesome that your husband helped! Love it!
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