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Challenge: Brenizer Method (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Lens: Olympus 75mm f1.8 for m43
Location: La Jolla, California
Date: Apr 6, 2021
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/3200
Galleries: Performance, Panoramic
Date Uploaded: Apr 6, 2021

I actually came to the beach that day only to practice this method with my wife as a model, with the plan to come back again later for the "real" photo shoot. But when we got there, another photographer was taking photos of this ballerina, so I took advantage of that and fired several shots above his head (he saw me and did not mind). I figured that there is no way I would find a better model for this challenge, so this practice shoot became the final one :)

Since it was not my own photo shoot, I was pretty far away from the dancer (about 8-10 meters), that's why the "Brenizer effect" is not very strong. I used three vertical shots at 75 mm (150mm full-frame equivalent) and f/1.8 for this panorama: central with the whole dancer, left, and right. If I could come closer and take separate images of her upper and lower body, the background blur would be of course much stronger. On the other hand, it would have to be a different pose, since it would be impossible for the dancer to hold this beautiful pose ("attitude derriere") long enough for multiple shots. All in all, I think it was a good compromise between the Brenizer effect and the beauty of the pose.

Stitching those three shots in Photoshop was not too easy, especially with ocean moving between the shots. I ended up making most of the stitching manually. Anyway, it was a nice exercise. I definitely want try this method again sometime... with my own model ))


Place: 1 out of 11
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04/25/2021 12:26:11 PM
Superb image for this challenge
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04/24/2021 06:37:35 PM
Wow! What a story! You lucked out, for sure!

I love this... and it was clearly the BLUE.

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04/23/2021 11:52:11 AM
Originally posted by ytshuva:

my pick for the challenge. perfect model you got there! :) . sometimes, we are planning to create a photo and everything in the puzzle is great.
my experience as a street photographer taught me to keep my eyes open and react quickly as the opportunity to take a shot presents itself ))
04/23/2021 03:55:50 AM
my pick for the challenge. perfect model you got there! :) . sometimes, we are planning to create a photo and everything in the puzzle is great.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/22/2021 11:57:13 PM
Beautiful! My pick for the blue.
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04/18/2021 07:06:22 PM
a ten from me.

My pick for the BLUE!

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04/16/2021 04:32:31 AM
Such a beautiful image! My favourite in the challenge.
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