Kristin Jones captures first place in photo contest with image of dancer at sunset

Kristin Jones captures first place in photo contest with image of dancer at sunset

Sunset Dance is a moment caught at just the right time, in just the right place. Kristin Jones says she was doing a photo shoot for a senior high school student one evening and took advantage of the surroundings. “We saw this beautiful sunset. We climbed the hill, and she just started dancing and twirling,” she says. The feeling of complete abandonment in the dancer is one of Jones’s favorite parts of this picture. 

Jones loves photographing silhouettes. “To capture a silhouette at sunset, set your exposure to match the sky. Once you do that, your subject will be completely black. Then have your subject move around, in this case dancing, but jumping and other movements also make interesting pictures,” she says.

Jones likes capturing human subjects in nature and using natural light. “I probably shoot 2,000-3,000 pictures a month. My camera and I spend a lot of time outdoors in the parks around Maple Grove,” she says. 

Jones shot Sunset Dance with a Canon 1dx Mark 2 and 70-200 2.8 lens in natural light.