Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
On Saturday morning, along with a another batch of bloggers, I got to go along to a rehearsal of the programme for Scottish Ballet's new Autumn Season. The ballet they were working on on Saturday was 'Five Tangos', but the programme also includes 'Run For It' which was developed for the Cultural Olympiad and 'Workwithinwork'.
The company consists of 35 dancers, and even though this particular ballet only involves 14 dancers, there are several different 'casts' all learning the part so that performances can be spread across the company during the course of the season.
This meant that although everyone isn't dancing all the time during the rehearsal there are other groups kind of marking the moves in the background.
Claire Robertson who was dancing the main female role and whom we got to chat to after the rehearsal
along with Owen Thorne, above. They gave us an insight into the dangers of over-decorated tutus (the men's arms get shredded by the sharp diamante when doing lifts) and the tendency to break into dance at odd moments.
Being launched through the air
Another dancer watches while sewing ribbons on to her shoes
Tango Four (I think)
I'd never photographed dancing before and was quite keen to have a shot. In some ways it was similar to photographing gigs, in that there was music and movement. The main difference was the speed of the movement and the amount of distance travelled; even the liveliest band don't tend to move around the stage to the extent the dances do, or at anything like the speeds.
To give you an idea of it I usually aim for a shutter speed of around 125th of a second when shooting bands. At the Rezillos gig last year I pushed that up to 250th of a second as they were jumping around a lot, but here even 640th of a second wasn't always enough to freeze the dancers.
It also wasn't enough to freeze just any moment as this could result in the sort of effect you get when photographing people while they're talking with people caught in strange expressions or, in this case, strange postures. It began to seem that in some ways the dangers were like pendulums moving between instants of stillness and the trick to getting a good shot was to catch these instants.
Anyway, I had a great time and will certainly be trying to see the programme when it's in theatres next month. (There are a few more shots from the morning over on Flickr.)
Sunday, September 09, 2012
I went along to the Science Centre to see the small scale models of Andy's Scott's Kelpies (a kelpie being a mythical water-horse, given to pulling unsuspecting people into lochs and drowning them).
They're larger than your average horse, but the real version will be 100 feet high - the figures below are meant to illustrate the scale (they're so small you can't see them in a long shot).
Posted by Alcluith at Sunday, September 09, 2012
Monday, September 03, 2012
The men putting new cladding on the library have a tendency to stand around on the roof, looking windswept and dramatic. The ones on the Boyd Orr seem to mostly throw rocks and jump up and down (at least that's what it sounds like from just underneath). I've also been convinced for some time that there's a monster sitting on the roof, licking it. But disappointingly it turns out the noise is just a bit of cardboard flapping loose from the ceiling...
Posted by Alcluith at Monday, September 03, 2012