Sometimes you just have to try something different.
These Mexican dancers were performing on an outdoor stage in bright sunshine. I could have used a fast shutter speed. Instead, I opted for the opposite. My intention was to show the feeling of the dance, to use my camera not as a recording device but as an artistic tool.
I knew that I would have to have my shutter speed slow enough to create just the right amount of movement. I knew the dancers would have to come into a tight pattern in my frame, so I was watching for that. And I knew that the photograph would be stronger if one element, in this case the shoe, came sharp.
This image was done at 1/8 second hand-held. I was jammed in with other spectators and only took four shots.
Sometimes things come together.
posted by Ted Nodwell