Madison Ballet's Dracula and Exposed

October 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I'm finally caught up on posting photos from a few performances I shot last spring.  The first was Madison Ballet's Dracula, which is returning this weekend to the Overture Center for a second run:

Madison Ballet's Dracula, March 2013Dracula's brides, from Madison Ballet's 2013 production of Dracula, choreography by W. Earle Smith.

Check out a few of the other highlights in my ballet productions gallery.

The second was Madison Ballet's Exposed, which included new works by artistic director W. Earle Smith, a haunting piece by UW-Madison dance department faculty member Marlene Skog, and Madison Ballet's first performance of a Balanchine ballet.

W. Earle Smith's <em>Street</em>Photograph from <em>Street</em>, choreography by W. Earle Smith (2013). A few more photos from this production are mixed into my ballet repertoire gallery, here.

Both of these shows were great fun to shoot.  I enjoyed chatting with the other photographers capturing the performances - both Andrew Weeks and John Urban were incredibly friendly, and I had a great time nerding out with them about photo gear and hearing some of their favorite tips and tricks.

On that "nerding out about photo gear" note, I went ahead and rented a Canon 5D Mark III and an L-series lens for Exposed, and was incredibly impressed.  The autofocus was lightning fast and the noise low even at the high ISO necessary under the stage lights (I really wish I'd gone for this rental to do Dracula the month before, too - my T3i really didn't cut it for that one).  Were the 5D Mark III not a $3400 camera, I'd buy one faster than you can say "cheese!"


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