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This was shot during a project for Richmond Ballet for their 2019-2020 Season Brochure. This image did not survive the final client selection process but it's my personal favorite!
My approach was to light Cody with dramatic down lighting much like you would see if she were performing on stage. I knew the water would swallow up a lot of light and create some interesting atmospheric haze and light shaft effects. I wanted Cody to look like she was in a natural environment so we opted not to flash in the water. We rigged a continuous 2 point lighting setup above a dark indoor pool to simulate the look of stage spotlights.
This shot is straight out of the camera. No retouching or photo illustration work of any kind was done to this image. Only some camera raw settings, contrast and color correction.