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This is me after getting up at 4AM, driving 100 miles through the mountains, and photographing 7 beautiful dancers all day!

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Vijay Nanda11-Jul-2021 05:07
You are one of the most fascinating photographers I follow. But your dancing here... I am not so sure.
clickA SF10-Aug-2014 02:53
Interesting choreographic figure, Richard! Cool SP! V.
envious Ted (7 beautiful dancers...)
olivier bruning15-Apr-2014 17:06
one of your best! :)
pictures I mean.....LOL
Neil Marcus24-Feb-2014 20:04
I have to add my name to this august group. I like your pose!!
Guest 07-Mar-2013 22:28
Thanks for the huge smile.Very funny shot
SRW22-Jan-2013 14:00
Simply the best SP...!
servando02-Oct-2012 00:15
You are the best!!! congratulations!
Dave Hawkins18-Jul-2012 01:51
not quite the "air" and height I am used to from your work??
garyn 06-Dec-2011 16:39
Luca Zanoni19-Sep-2011 19:50
stretch jeans ah?... -)))
Carol E Sandgren06-Sep-2011 18:18
Hmmmm, what ballet position might this be you are doing?? Looks like your form needs a little work!

Hahah just kidding. What a fun shot of the great photographer of graceful dancers!
Danny Tuason05-Sep-2011 00:46
Wow! What a nice SP! BV
slhoornstra17-Jun-2011 17:38
Wonderful, you are one cool dude!! V
Dafna19-May-2011 13:04
Hmmm..... just point the toes a little more... no- maybe stick to your day job! photography, I hope
Margot W11-May-2011 16:11
With practice you might make it as a dancer (if you already aren't one) but as a photographer you are tops.
Michal Zaleski10-Apr-2011 15:52
another beautiful dancer :))))
Guest 05-Dec-2010 02:21
you are funny and look like a nice man and are a good photographer.
Photodelles27-Oct-2010 20:13
A great dancer !!!! Congratulations Richard.
Carol How25-Oct-2010 01:57
How long did you have to hold that great pose??? Wonderful!
MihaiLOVE12-Sep-2010 17:02
smile =)
Guest 19-Aug-2010 04:39
The master of motion in motion!!! :)
This is definitely one of my favourite portraits here on pbase.

Big vote, xxR
Michaval18-Aug-2010 07:59
Se puede ver que tu arte es la fotografía, no la danza, hahaha!!! Muy buena foto. V
Francisco Figueras11-Aug-2010 10:45
Excellent SP!! !
Sandi Marasco07-Jun-2010 06:27
Wonderful! Your Gallery is awesome and this sp is so much fun. Love it.
Guest 17-May-2010 18:02
What an amazing life you have Richard. Congratulations.
Andrew Bott18-Mar-2010 19:50
They say 'it ain't over until the photographer dances' or was it the 'fat lady dances'?
Fitzgerald Petersen29-Dec-2009 23:43
Your portrait shot is better than I've seen on pbase!
Brandon Mardon29-Dec-2009 17:21
Seems like you got good balance...perhaps a good dancer your self..."Sunset Hunter"
Guest 16-Dec-2009 22:54
So nice meeting a GREAT photographer!!!!!!! V
Johan Gerrits07-Dec-2009 19:28
Amazing Richard, where did you learn this???:)
JK Views27-Oct-2009 19:51
OK Richard, where's your tutu? Great shot!
Jean-Claude Liehn26-Oct-2009 19:27
Almost as good as...
zyziza24-Oct-2009 13:59
Hi Richard!
You are beautiful, and You love to dance!!!
Jane 21-Oct-2009 02:43
I love your pictures and I love this one too.
Arbor 06-Oct-2009 19:43
i loved looking at all of your galleries! they all are really great. you are a wonderful photographer. i want to be as great as you one day. good job!!!! way to get your leg up high!!! :)
Guest 29-Sep-2009 02:40
What can I say, Great costume, unbelievable choreography, fabulous flexibility, Pure Talent in it's rawest form. LOL. Rob
Eldar Kadymov13-Jul-2009 16:13
I still cannot get over it... Firebird is the right word !
Nicole 02-Jul-2009 20:41
ja ja!
I love it!
AL SAMHA EAST - RAZA27-Jun-2009 15:19
wilberelsalvador27-Jun-2009 04:11
Gusto en conocerlo.

Saludos cordiales.
Guest 11-Jun-2009 16:11
Love the humor. You're so down-to-earth, but at the same time, up there with the angels and saints. Looks like you're ready for lift-off! 5-4-3....
Guest 04-Jun-2009 00:12
Deffinately my favorite ;D
Guest 30-Apr-2009 12:02
Awesome portrait.
Kevin Chan07-Apr-2009 17:32
my pleasure to meet u :)
Guest 07-Apr-2009 13:29
King Richard!
krudang 07-Apr-2009 03:56
You are the great artist and photographer at the same time.
Guest 04-Apr-2009 15:31
The Master!!
Larry Hill27-Mar-2009 16:20
Early hours and all, you have the best job in the world.
Guest 06-Mar-2009 21:04
yeah keep dancing... I admire your work!!
Tom Merigan03-Mar-2009 09:30
Keep dancing!! You are great!! Tom Merigan
Guest 01-Mar-2009 16:58 graceful!!!!...
Buz Kiefer28-Feb-2009 19:23
I don't know Richard. I just don't know.
Rudes16-Feb-2009 06:31
Hey dude dont give up your day job. Ha ha great fun.
Nikon Mama - Birgitte Ott13-Feb-2009 22:14
I think perhaps there is something with your boots ... ?! LOL
Love your humour - you will win every heart with that image ;o)
Guest 12-Feb-2009 19:17
why haven't i seen you in class?? haha awesome richard =]
Naomi 07-Feb-2009 01:51
Keep dancing, Richard!
Guest 15-Jan-2009 20:25
Gus Rosenfeld09-Jan-2009 06:13
Looks like R. Crumb of Zap Comics fame ;-) Great SP Richard and I would have to assume a well oiled wheel and one FAST Hamster ;-) Excellent! g
Guest 03-Jan-2009 03:19
Great to see your personality shine, Richard! Your passion for photography and for life shows, and I wish you and your family much happiness and continued success! God bless you.

Sasha Azevedo
kimmy 31-Dec-2008 01:55
you did an amazing job richard!!!
i admire your work adn hope you keep working with us "appalachain beauties"
BIANCA MELIDOR 30-Dec-2008 00:27
I LOVE IT RICHARD!!!!!!:):):):):):)
Jim's Atavistic Visions28-Dec-2008 20:02
This is great! Get some lessons from your dancers to move your legs staright up. Nice meeting you! VVV!... Josefina
John25-Dec-2008 17:11
Great sense of Humor. Nice too meet You (again). Cheers Mate.
Wendy O24-Dec-2008 03:40
Such grace! Perfect self portrait of a fantastically talented dance photographer.
virginiacoastline22-Dec-2008 16:36
nice high-steppin', there, Richard . . . you've been learning from your charges, eh ;^)
Eldar Kadymov21-Dec-2008 21:36
Richard, I've got to tell you that there is no single shot of any dancer in your collection which would match this one !
Guest 02-Dec-2008 11:56
In italy on say "deformazione professionale" (put it down to the job). Always great richard :))))
Sabrina S. 26-Nov-2008 03:02
I love it!!! and the firebird t-shirt!!! :)
cits_4_pets25-Nov-2008 17:10
Nice to meet you. Looks like you learned some great moves from the dancers! Love this great shot, you look to be in a great mood after getting up so early to work... come see me
Terri Steele22-Nov-2008 17:24
LOL! One of your best ever!!!! ;)
Robin Reid22-Nov-2008 03:03
This is very funny!!!
Dick Lowthian21-Nov-2008 20:55
Not the most graceful ballerina you've ever photographed, Richard, but close. :-)
Jim Kramer18-Nov-2008 15:00
awesome self portrait! {v}
alfredo camba jr.14-Nov-2008 03:45
Delightful portrait of a fantastic photographer! Vote!!
Laura 03-Nov-2008 01:57
It's Amy's daughter great shot mom and great pose Richard
Guest 29-Oct-2008 01:03
Nice dance move :)
Ken Chambers ARPS26-Oct-2008 17:05
Richard, It's a winner and the crowd shouted encore...encore. ...voted
Michel CORBOZ26-Oct-2008 10:39
What a nice young guy !
Great performance Richard...
james morgan21-Oct-2008 10:05
Showing us the joy in your work.
james morgan
Guest 20-Oct-2008 13:03
Happiness is always welcome, we all need lots of it,.
Guest 19-Oct-2008 20:34
Some of the most unique pair of pointe shoes I've seen! - George
Rob Oele19-Oct-2008 19:37
Absolutely my fav of this brilliant gallery. V
Guest 19-Oct-2008 12:06
Great fun shot! I'm looking forward to seeing you in a tutu, just kidding ;-)

Now, I know how the dancers came up with great poses. you demonstrated it well here.
Pawel16-Oct-2008 18:57
Whoohoo :)))!
Stephanie 16-Oct-2008 18:41
kjakajakjajkja :) Perfect
Jean-Luc Rollier16-Oct-2008 12:23
Hi Richard! What is the name of this dance?!...
:')) JL V
Nelson Chen Photography15-Oct-2008 22:51
What a perfect portrait of an outstanding dance photographer!
Sebastian12-Oct-2008 14:14
Guest 12-Oct-2008 13:44
ahahah i love this Richard! this gets a 5 on your rating system!
keithallenlaw11-Oct-2008 01:11
by far the best!
Guest 10-Oct-2008 22:22
you rocks dude!!
Holley 09-Oct-2008 13:32
After being married to him for almost 30 years I can truly say...Richard should have danced. He has natural turn out and fabulous feet! They're big, but they'd be great for ballet. I always thought he'd be a perfect Don Quixote. (The character, not Basil...)
Yves Rubin09-Oct-2008 06:45
Hahaha, at least you could try to jump a little, no?
Steve Morris08-Oct-2008 16:43
Ah the 'Crane' from the Karate Kid movie - a master photographer and a karate instructor - your talents are endless!!!
Kees Terberg 08-Oct-2008 08:19
Hehehe, hello YOU, so who is the photographer? A cracking addition to an already superb gallery. This one just could not have been omitted and your pose adds a touch of humour to a highly gracious and artistic set.
Reflections by Ruth08-Oct-2008 05:10
such poise :)) glad you are having fun, love it
Jim Chiesa07-Oct-2008 09:57
Excellent ! I love your sense of humour, Richard !
Barri Olson06-Oct-2008 23:54
I think if your ballet shoes were a little lighter you could kick a little higher :-)
Martin Schiff06-Oct-2008 20:12
Where's your tutu?
ms amy 06-Oct-2008 20:04
Richard - sorry I didn't make you pointe like the girls... but after all you had just eaten alot of homemade bread and you were a bit busy with all those other shots!!!
Alicia Lee 06-Oct-2008 14:56
You are fabulous Richard! I love everything about this photo. :o)
PauloCGama06-Oct-2008 02:13
Roe..06-Oct-2008 00:28
premier danseur...bravo!
Bill Warren05-Oct-2008 22:12
Amazing, super, fantastic flyer.
Guest 05-Oct-2008 15:56
Maybe you should quit photography and start dancing fulltime. Only kidding
Maneyacts05-Oct-2008 14:34
Now what was the catch line of the mastercard ad? "Priceless!"
Eric Herbelin05-Oct-2008 12:56
happy to see you, at last! v
Maggie 05-Oct-2008 01:02
Almost as agile as the dancers!!!
Maggie 04-Oct-2008 23:16
Almost as agile as the dancers!!!
Dominic Cantin04-Oct-2008 20:59
Hehe ! Nice to see you Richard !

Dom :)
Tom Munson04-Oct-2008 15:34
Great shot, Richard. You have all the moves. v
©Lux04-Oct-2008 09:21
Ballet steps from the Master Photographer! Practice makes perfect.....please continue....
Btw, who took this photo? Dancers????
....."A Perfect Role Change!"
Tulus Subardjono 04-Oct-2008 06:14
Hallo, nice to see you
shatterbug04-Oct-2008 05:18
Fun shot :-) I can attest to your boundless energy :-)
Sheila04-Oct-2008 01:07
You didn't learn any of their moves then..:-)
Paradoxal Studio Classic03-Oct-2008 22:52
The most fabulous dancer ever !
Guest 03-Oct-2008 22:08
Nice! Thanks for making me laugh!
Tberry03-Oct-2008 20:51
I knew all that talent you were shooting was coming from somewhere.. from behind the lens! hehehe! ~Tberry
Ms Lisa 03-Oct-2008 15:28
Richard point your foot, I thought I taught you better than that!!!!!
J. Scott Coile03-Oct-2008 14:13
Glad to see you are picking up a few of their moves ;-)
Guest 03-Oct-2008 14:11
:)) perfect style!
carabias03-Oct-2008 14:04
Splendid!!! V
Nestor Derkach03-Oct-2008 13:04
How come no ballet slippers Richard?
Still a great ballet pose by you , it shows you have learned from your dancers :).
JOSE MATA03-Oct-2008 12:28
B R A V O M A E S T R O =V=
Carolyn Rasmussen03-Oct-2008 11:12
Fabulous, Mr. Firebird! :)
Latifa Messaoudi03-Oct-2008 10:31
you look an angl too :)!
FrankB03-Oct-2008 10:16
hey! pretty limber ther guy....taking a cue from the dancers! :) V
EMangl03-Oct-2008 09:41
very serious in everything you do, huh ? :-)
Marisa Livet03-Oct-2008 09:32
Absolutely splendid! The best of the gallery, I would say...;^))
Richard, you are not only a great photographer, but you are extremely humourous and self-ironical, which are qualities I value as highly as your talent with a camera!
marie-jose wolff03-Oct-2008 09:15
very nice to meet you, Richard! you have a great sense of humor,
lovely S.P.
Victoria03-Oct-2008 08:48
this is very creative shot, fantastic job
monica memoli03-Oct-2008 08:09
You look in a great shape! v
Robyco03-Oct-2008 07:39
Great SP !!
But next time some ballet-clothing... please.......
Paco López03-Oct-2008 05:46
Fantastic sp!!! I love it!! BV!!
Guest 03-Oct-2008 05:19
Hello Richard ! Is it the revanche of the dancers ;o) vVv
Debbie Blackburn Beierle03-Oct-2008 05:00
You still look mighty happy and spry for being up since 4 AM!!! Excellent work AS ALWAYS, Richard! You have set the mark really really high!!
Guest 03-Oct-2008 04:42
bill friedlander03-Oct-2008 01:38
I guess those wing tips help the aerodynamics. Lol. V
Hodero03-Oct-2008 01:38
Whished I could hold this pose for more than 1 second ;-(
You are shipshape my friend.Shooting these beauties is doing you good we all can see ;-))
Mostafa Moftah03-Oct-2008 00:55
Is it the poster of "Firebird Ballet"? :))
Jean-Claude Liehn03-Oct-2008 00:08
There is a part of Narcissist in every photographers, even in front of the most beautiful models !
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography02-Oct-2008 23:29
Cool! A bit crazy but still in good shape :)
Shooting dancers must be a very energetic exercise, Vote !
Susanne v. Schroeder02-Oct-2008 22:52
So funny... you do look like a bird....I like your sense of humor.
Pepe Zyman02-Oct-2008 22:36
That's the best of the series ;^)
You are a natural!
Rosemarie Kusserow02-Oct-2008 21:58
Funny shot Richard, you really have an unbelievably energy and a fine humor and you show here on a lovely way how much talent from a dancer is inside you, if you know what I mean, you need just a little more practice, lol, fantastic self of a great ballet photographer, your smile is perfect, thanks for posting, vote, Rosemarie :o)
Guest 02-Oct-2008 21:33
Well it's about time you showed your moves and posing skills 10/10. V
Marwan Habib02-Oct-2008 21:07
Excellent one. I like your sens of humour.
Steve Mockford02-Oct-2008 19:56
As graceful as your there a dancer behind the camera?
Guest 02-Oct-2008 19:51
The man...Woot! Woot!
Best dance performance I've seen so far :)
João Rampim02-Oct-2008 19:50
Very nice Mr. Calmes!!! BigVote!
BleuEvanescence02-Oct-2008 19:36
This is tooo funny.
Nice try but i think you need to practice jjjuuusssst a little more on the stretching.
Fantastic fun image... But ehm...tell me, which one of your dancers made this
superb picture of you or was it a group thing? Hihihihiiiii (lol in french ;)
Apostolos Tikopoulos02-Oct-2008 19:26
Nice to meet you, Richard. Like your funny dancing Big v.
Inal02-Oct-2008 19:20
This is my favorite too - V~:)
Guest 02-Oct-2008 19:11
Hey Richard, you are full of energy even after all these things! You are great! And you bring us so much fun, thanks for the SP!
Tom Beech02-Oct-2008 19:11
Well, we can't ALL be "Appalachian Beauties" can we ? 8-) Thanks for the fun...
Galina Stepanova02-Oct-2008 19:08
You have a lot of dancing potentials, Richard, just need a little more practice :)
Perfect self portrait for ballet photographer.
Guest 02-Oct-2008 19:06 have the moves and a smile on your face..what fun..v
Patricia Kay02-Oct-2008 18:59
Great Richard...what is it like to be on the other side of the camera??? V
Patricia Kay02-Oct-2008 18:59
Great Richard...what is it like to be on the other side of the camera??? V
an nguyen02-Oct-2008 18:52
:)) you still rock.. :)
Steve Sharp02-Oct-2008 18:43
So this is who all the lithe ballet dancers learn their moves from?! ;-)
Jola Dziubinska02-Oct-2008 18:27
Wow! At last we can see master of ballet photography dancing himself. Great performance, Richard :))
Dave Hein02-Oct-2008 18:26
What? No suspended animation?!
You're still doing pretty good getting a leg up that high. :)
pr_rajan02-Oct-2008 17:45
Guest 02-Oct-2008 17:44
LOL :o)
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