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Dust and Dance: Behind the Scenes of a Beautiful Image

Photographer Thomas David recently published a beautiful series of images on Flickr by the title of Dust and Dance where he shot a dancer in action – with the action enhanced with Dust spraying off her. Here’s an example (used with permission).

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He also created this short behind the scenes video that shows how it was done.

Behind the Scene video from the “Dust and Dance” shooting from Tom on Vimeo.

Check out the full series of Thomas’s shots on his Flickr account here including the setup for his shoot here.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • http://www.mehtaone.com Sahil

    OMG, I’m so gonna do this shot..

  • Mei Teng

    Beautiful work. Simple and yet powerful image.

  • http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com raghavendra

    amazing and creativity.
    black and white photographs always rocks!

  • http:/mairamartins.com Maira Martins

    Beautiful. She looks like some kind of ethereal being… What an excellent idea he had.

  • http://www.earthandsky.eu K

    Some really fantastic photos, do check out my photographs on my website. The dust has been cleverly illuminated.

  • http://www.flickr.com/gipukan/ gipukan

    Nice, could do this with baby chalk powder :)

  • http://energizeyourphotography.blogspot.com EnergizedAV

    Stunning and beautiful! A terrific example of art science and skill!

  • ccting

    OMG, awesome, stunning, beautiful, fantastic, fabulous, beautiful, incredible, … but will the dust get into the camera sensor??

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/alucardo/ Thomas

    The camera was far enough not to get any problem with that. And I only changed lenses twice, with great care.
    The vacuum cleaner did suffer more than the camera though… ;-)
    But if you’re afraid, you could always protect your camera with plastic or something…

  • ejenavi

    This photo is magnificent.. I love the dust flying around… Infact am short of words… Excellent

  • http://jimhuntphoto.com Jim Hunt

    These shots arent bad. I did mine with flour. I used a male model for my shoot.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22176685@N07/sets/72157626984301621/

  • http://www.photomint.com/blog Lara White

    oh, wow, just beautiful!

  • http://www.phogropathy.com John

    This is so awesome thanks for sharing Darren! I need to get some gear before I can even attempt it, but it’s something I’d love to try in the future!

  • http://www.juliecortensphotography.com Julie Cortens

    Absolutely stunning photos! I am inspired to get out all the strobes and make a mess! Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/PuremystycPhotography Melissa

    So beautifully amazing. I’m awestruck.

  • Nithalkar Hashim

    Stunning and beautiful! A terrific example of art science and skill!

  • Photography Studies

    Simple but so incredibly effecting a technique.
    http://www.photographystudies.com.au

  • Cristiano Barbosa

    I would love to know the light positioning…

Some older comments

  • Nithalkar Hashim

    July 19, 2013 04:31 am

    Stunning and beautiful! A terrific example of art science and skill!

  • Melissa

    June 1, 2012 10:12 am

    So beautifully amazing. I'm awestruck.

  • Julie Cortens

    June 1, 2012 02:01 am

    Absolutely stunning photos! I am inspired to get out all the strobes and make a mess! Thank you!

  • John

    May 31, 2012 09:15 pm

    This is so awesome thanks for sharing Darren! I need to get some gear before I can even attempt it, but it's something I'd love to try in the future!

  • Lara White

    May 31, 2012 12:13 pm

    oh, wow, just beautiful!

  • Jim Hunt

    May 31, 2012 11:58 am

    These shots arent bad. I did mine with flour. I used a male model for my shoot.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22176685@N07/sets/72157626984301621/

  • ejenavi

    May 31, 2012 06:59 am

    This photo is magnificent.. I love the dust flying around... Infact am short of words... Excellent

  • Thomas

    May 31, 2012 06:34 am

    The camera was far enough not to get any problem with that. And I only changed lenses twice, with great care.
    The vacuum cleaner did suffer more than the camera though... ;-)
    But if you're afraid, you could always protect your camera with plastic or something...

  • ccting

    May 31, 2012 01:46 am

    OMG, awesome, stunning, beautiful, fantastic, fabulous, beautiful, incredible, ... but will the dust get into the camera sensor??

  • EnergizedAV

    May 31, 2012 12:10 am

    Stunning and beautiful! A terrific example of art science and skill!

  • gipukan

    May 30, 2012 06:29 pm

    Nice, could do this with baby chalk powder :)

  • K

    May 30, 2012 05:45 pm

    Some really fantastic photos, do check out my photographs on my website. The dust has been cleverly illuminated.

  • Maira Martins

    May 30, 2012 04:31 pm

    Beautiful. She looks like some kind of ethereal being... What an excellent idea he had.

  • raghavendra

    May 30, 2012 12:12 pm

    amazing and creativity.
    black and white photographs always rocks!

  • Mei Teng

    May 30, 2012 10:23 am

    Beautiful work. Simple and yet powerful image.

  • Sahil

    May 30, 2012 09:20 am

    OMG, I'm so gonna do this shot..

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