Sunday, February 8, 2009

2,4,6,8....!

Yay for cheerleaders in Japan! My friend Yuka saw my blog and wanted to be a part of it and I was so excited to get some pictures of her. I've never met someone who has made being a cheerleader a career, but Yuka really has. She's been on several pro basketball cheer teams, is the director of the Brex dance team, has performed for the National Team, and has just started her own cheer school in Tochigi! Sheesh!

For this mini-shoot, I wanted to photograph her in her element, so we went inside an old-fashioned Japanese gymnastics tumbling room. It was amazing. It smelled like old wood and tatami mats and just had an ancient traditional Japanese feel to it. I like that she was dressed comfortably as if she were about to practice:






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*On a side-note, you may have noticed some weird streaks across some of the pictures. Unfortunately, my beloved camera is having some issues that happen to Nikons sometimes, so it's time to take her in for some repairs :( I don't know what I'm going to do without my camera so I hope it's just a quick-fix! Fingers crossed*

4 comments:

Chris said...

Hey Julie -

Cool photos. How did you find my livejournal site? [xxfalling_outxx]? You have some really nice shots, especially the second black and white hi-key shot... I like the smoothness of her face. However, I did notice a something - I think you added a blur in one of the full shots of her - you may want to be careful, because it doesn't look like bokeh and is kind of distracting. Other than that, great job!

Thanks again for the wonderful comment :)
Chris

Julie Ann said...

thanks so much for your words and advice! about the blur, i was actually experimenting with tilt-shift style editing, and didn't like the way it looked either. i considered changing it, but now that i read your comment, it has been changed. thanks again for the advice...very much appreiciated!

Chris said...

No problem :) I think tilt-shift photography is meant more for a wider angle... like looking down on an air strip, or a street, where things might be able to be "miniaturized." Also, do you shoot RAW? Looking again I noticed there was some white balance you could probably fix in a couple of your shots that might give "warmer" tones - however, that is really all respective to the photographer and client. Always try to be constructive and never just a critic :)

Jen Berry said...

i like the profile window shot. i can see progress from your original postings. your composition is solid. I agree with chris on the white balance and shooting RAW. that's what i do. but hey i'm a beginner. The last bit, watch your focus. I always "try" and focus on the eyes for close ups. But i don't always get it right of course.