Full Frame: The Story Behind the Image

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Photographer Jordan Matter captured this striking image of dancer Michaela DePrince in Becket, Massachusetts, as part of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

“I saw the road as I was driving to meet Michaela, and I suddenly had the idea of her backpacking across the country,” Matter says. “I loved the wind of the road and the color of the gravel as it contrasted the green of the trees. The dog, however, was pure serendipity. A car passed us as we were setting up, and the dog stuck his head out the window. I chased the car down to borrow the dog.”

Matter shot 105 frames, with one jump per frame, but it wasn’t until the final frame that he got the shot he wanted. This image became Matter’s most “liked” photo on Facebook though some commenters seemed to think it was Photoshopped. It wasn’t. He shot it in natural light with a Nikon D800 and a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens. Settings were ISO 1000, 165mm, 1/500 sec at f/3.5.

See a larger version of the image on Matter's Facebook page.

See more of Matter’s work and a behind-the-scenes video of this shoot at www.DancersAmongUs.com.