Northern Ballet is a dance company with a strong repertoire in theatrical dance productions where the emphasis is on story telling as well as classical ballet. Regarded as one of the world’s leading ballet companies they are committed to creating new ballets and tour widely to perform to a wide range of audiences throughout the UK and abroad.

I spent all day and much of the evening with the company shooting pictures of their intensive preparation during their company class at their headquarters in the morning before they attended rehearsals at the Grand Theatre in Leeds prior to their performance that evening of The Nutcracker in front of a full-house.

Shooting entirely behind the scenes from the wings and back-stage it was easy to see the hard work and dedication that goes into every performance and the passion and enthusiasm that the company have for what they do.

Here’s a larger edit in black and white from through the day…



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Technical stuff: All pictures were shot on 16Gb Sandisk Extreme Pro memory cards in both RAW and high quality JPEG using either a Leica M9 with a 50mm f2 Summicron prime lens, a Fuji XT1 with a 16mm f1.4 WR prime lens or a Fuji XT1 with a 50-140mm f2.8 WR zoom lens.

All were shot in manual exposure mode with auto-white balance set. Editing was done in Lightroom 5 with colour versions of some of the pictures filed for the job with an extended edit of black and white pictures posted here.


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