Keeping on your Toes, Philadelphia-Style!

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Photo © Bob Krist

I just posted an audio slideshow about the Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker in Philadelphia and boy, did working on this really put me in the holiday mood. You have to love the dedication and the skill levels of professional ballet dancers…if I ever get reincarnated with a body more like Rudolph Nureyev than Homer Simpson, I would love to move with such power and grace… but as far as this life goes, all I can say is, “D’oh!”

I was impressed with the talent and discipline of the kids in the cast as well….what a cool childhood memory they’ll have working in this gorgeous staging by the Pennsylvania Ballet at Philadelphia’s beautiful Academy of Music.

For tech stuff, It was done with 2 D90’s and a D300s, ISO 800-1600, Automatic White Balance, and 12-24mm f/4, 17-55mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8VR, plus a little 35mm f/1.8, 10.5mm f/2.8, and 85mm f/1.8.  This show is running, in a smaller size, on National Geographic Traveler’s Intelligent Travel blog too.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go have a doughnut and practice my plies and jetes!

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  1. Jeffrey Chapman December 14, 2009 at 12:23 pm #

    Lovely slideshow Bob. It makes me want to go see The Nutcracker as soon as possible.

    • Bob December 14, 2009 at 1:45 pm #

      Hi Jeffrey: Thanks! The NYC production is killer too. I had a chance to shoot that one years ago. I’m a sucker for this stuff! Bob

  2. Monte Stevens December 14, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    Thanks, Bob, that’s a wonderful video and report. I would love to go see it, to heck with shooting it.

    • Bob December 14, 2009 at 1:56 pm #

      Monte: After I spent all day Friday shooting the dress rehearsal, Peggy and I did just that on Saturday night…it was beautiful, and all I did was grab a shot of the theater interior before the curtain went up, so it was almost like a real date! Bob

  3. Jim Shaffer December 15, 2009 at 7:59 am #

    Bob, I really enjoyed watching this. You’re always an inspiration to this amateur. A basic tech question: What do you use to create the slide show, i.e., software, etc. Santa has promised to deliver a Mac for Christmas if Dr. Krist prescribes it. Want to make sure I have the right software.



    • Bob December 15, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

      Hi Jim: I used SoundslidesPlus ( It’s simple software that even I can understand! Have a great holiday. Bob

  4. Tim December 15, 2009 at 10:06 am #


    I just wanted to say this I believe is your best yet the photos of the children are tremendous. I would ask you if you shot much from the bell, however no matter where this was shot from it is great!

    Happy Christmas

    • Bob December 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

      Thanks Tim! I don’t know what you mean about shooting from the bell…they let us shoot from the orchestra section during the dress rehearsal. cheers, Bob

      • Tim December 16, 2009 at 10:28 am #

        sorry Bob I ment Belly like you taught us.

  5. Alan Haynes December 15, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    Beautiful work, Bob. The narration adds a lot and the sound is very clear with no noticeable background noise. How did you record the sound?

    • Bob December 15, 2009 at 3:30 pm #

      Alan: Olympus LS10 with Sennheiser MKE 400 mic. cheers, Bob

  6. DaveT December 15, 2009 at 1:20 pm #


    Well planned and executed; the end result is truly magical.

    A couple of technical questions please:

    Did you record the narration with the Olympus device you wrote about earlier?

    And, secondly, what software do you edit the sound with?


    • Bob December 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm #

      Hi Dave: Yes, the narration was recorded with the Olympus and the Sennheiser MKE-400 shotgun. I use GarageBand to put the soundtrack together. Bob

  7. Arun Paul December 15, 2009 at 7:07 pm #

    hold on – let me pick my jaw off the floor!! Great presentation Bob.

    • Bob December 15, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

      Hi Arun: You are too kind. You can’t go wrong with ballerinas! Bob

  8. Bill Reade December 18, 2009 at 10:31 am #

    Great job Bob, watching the boys rehearse took be back to 1964, I was 12 years old.My friend and i got into a little trouble and the cop who lived on our block in Paterson gave us a way out. His wife owned a dance school and was lacking boy studnets. If we leaened to dance for the “Nutcraker” he would cover our butts. Well being a ‘Badass” it was no at first, he took us on a ride to Jamesburg were the juvie jail was. Needless to say we danced and danced had a ball and as a side note there is no better place to meet girls that at a dance school.

    • Bob December 18, 2009 at 10:57 am #

      Bill: You are so right on that last point…I took ballet to fill my PE requirement in my last year of college, and I ended up dating a prima ballerina for an all too short time!

  9. Kathy Noble December 19, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    Bob, this is my “new favorite” of your multimedia productions. I’ve already watched it three times and dragged my husband in to see it, too. After he watched it, he promptly went in to find and play the Nutcracker CD….you certainly have brought it to life for us!!! THANKS!!!

    • Bob December 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

      Hi Kathy: Glad you enjoyed it. Working on it put me in a good holiday frame of mind! Bob

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