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Grace Under Pressure

I had seen this group perform many times on the Royal Mile during this year's Edinburgh Fringe, but hadn't seen the actual show. This was partly due to the timing of the show, which was in the early evening (and I was tending to be taking street photographs while there was available daylight). However, the day before their last show, having just been to see (and photograph) 'Puppet City: A Korean Fantasy' for the second time, I was invited along the following day by Angella Kwon (the producer of both shows).

 

This is a show by Kataklo (an Italian athletic dance theatre group, composed of former Olympic gymnasts), and was a beautifully choreographed and stunning show.

 

Here, these performers were on a platform which was about 25-30 feet above the stage. They went through a series of almost balletic moves, with (seemingly) effortless grace.

 

Technically, as I have noted before, there was almost NO light to work with here. This was taken at 3200 ISO, 1/20 second (hand held), relying on autofocus and image stabilisation. I have not removed the background in any way, it was completely black like this. As I was taking this series of shots, I really didn't expect any shots of this which were both sharp and in focus, but a remarkable number turned out really well. My new Canon EOS-5D is just superb for low light stage photography. :-)

 

You can find my other pics of this amazing group in these locations:

 

Trust

 

The Goalkeeper

 

When You're Falling

 

En Garde!

 

Freefall

 

Downside Up

 

Making it Happen

 

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Taken on October 19, 2006