Impromptu Dancing


When I was shooting the Fiesta de Santa Fe, I spotted an old neighbor, who told me that her young daughter was going to be dancing with other dancers in a show. I had my camera with me, so I decided to see if I could get some good photos of my friend’s daughter.

It was all a bit boring, until the girl, along with her friend, decided to dance, as little girls will do. As they twirled around in pure delight, I was snapping photos, hoping to get some good ones. In a crowded situation, I haven’t figured out how to get the non-competing backgrounds I like (without resorting to more Photoshop than I care to do), but I still think these photos are full of the pure joy that is little girls having fun.

Image Copyright Β© Katie Johnson. All Rights Reserved.

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~ by KatiesCameraBlog on September 28, 2011.

26 Responses to “Impromptu Dancing”

  1. I no longer have the advantage πŸ™‚ They’re beautiful!!!!

  2. These are delightful!

  3. Adorable! πŸ™‚

    As for the background, you could use a telephoto lens, zoom in and use a VERY shallow DOF (aperture of 2.8, 3.2, or 4).

    Otherwise, I would add a ‘vignette blur’ in PS to isolate the girls.

    • Thanks for your suggestions! πŸ™‚ Those shots were shot at f/2.8, and it was a mid range telephoto/zoom, not a long one, as I wanted to include both girls in the photo. Also, these were shot in a crowd, so I had to be near the girls to not include people in the foreground, so a long telephoto lens, would not have worked, unfortunately. So not an ideal shooting situation for sure.

      I could have played with Photoshop to make the girls stand out, but nah, these shots were for my personal use, so I left them the way they were. Good suggestions though, if the situation had been right. πŸ™‚ Thanks as always for your feedback!

  4. Such delightful photograph!!

  5. Ahhh to be a kid again!!

  6. Aww….cute! πŸ™‚ I have yet to shoot people!

    • Thank you! I want to shoot more people, but it’s a bit out of my comfort zone. Starting with kids, who are natural show offs, is a good way for me to kind of ease into it, and it’s fun! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

  7. They are so cute…and I like their costumes.

  8. They are so lovely, and how beautiful their dresses… Thank you dear Katie, with my love, nia

    • Thanks, Nia. I really liked those dresses, it really does make the photos feel different. There was a whole school of girls in different dresses getting ready to take the stage, but these girls were the only ones I saw who just started dancing for fun.

  9. Wonderful!
    Can it be that I had such joy when I was a little girl? Thanks for an almost-memory —

  10. Love their ruffly dresses! So colorful and sweet.

  11. cute and beautiful subject and your photos have captured their innocent and gay spirits…i also love the flow of their dress… very graceful !

  12. I love the series, wonderful. Congrats for such a great captures.

  13. They are so beautiful. I stopped by after you liked my Santa Fe outing post. You have great work =)

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