Leica Modern Dance Recital

ajramirez

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Location
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Real Name
Antonio
Last week, I was asked to photograph a modern dance recital by Puerto Rican dancer and choreographer Viveca Vázquez, and her dance troupe Taller de Otra Cosa, at the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art. I showed up at the dress rehearsal on Thursday with my trusty Canon EOS kit (50D, 17-40 4.0L, 70-200 4.0L IS). The lighting was rather dim, which forced me to crank up the ISO to 6400, which is far beyond my comfort zone with the 50D. Notwithstanding that, I thought the photos turned out well enough after noise reduction and PP. I took about 550 shots that day.

Since I felt I already had the shots I needed, at the actual performance on Friday, I sat with the audience with the intention of just watching the performance, but took my Leica M9P. Of course, I ended up shooting the entire performance, taking about 210 shots.

I was really surprised when I sat down to process the shots on Saturday. First, I mostly nailed the focusing with the Leica, even though I was shooting wide open the entire time (2.8 or 2.5). Also, the Leica shots are, to my eyes, crisper and richer in tone than the 50D files. I know this is not a fair comparison, particularly since the 50D was shot at ISO 6400 and the Leica at 2500, but it was the 2.8 lenses (vs. the 4.0 zooms) that allowed me to shoot the Leica at 2500 at hand holdable speeds.

In any event, I turned in a disk with 86 shots, 55 from the Leica and 31 from the 50D. Considering I took about 200 shots with the Leica and over 500 with the 50D, the keeper rate with the Leica was significantly higher.

Here is a small subset. There's actually more 50D shots than Leica shots in this set, but this is my favorite bunch.

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Canon 50D

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Canon 50D

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Canon 50D

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Canon 50D

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Leica M9P

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Canon 50D

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Canon 50D

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Canon 50D

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Canon 50D

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Canon 50D

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Leica M9P

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Leica M9P

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Leica M9P

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Leica M9P

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Canon 50D

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Leica M9P

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Canon 50D

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Leica M9P

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Leica M9P

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Canon 50D

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Canon 50D

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Leica M9P

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Canon 50D

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Taller de Otra Cosa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr - Canon 50D

Cheers,

Antonio
 

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