An Old Hobby Reborn

In between his busy schedule of choreographing for today's most influential artists, touring the world to teach dance, and directing films, dancer Ian Eastwood revisits his passion for photography in search of a new perspective.

Aug 8 2016, 4:30pm

Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS. Shot at 60 mm. Canon EOS 80D: 1/1,024 sec, f/4, ISO 200, autofocus.

Most people know me for my dancing. I'm 23 years old and I've been dancing for about 13 years. In those 13 years, I've grown so much creatively and what I do can't simply be defined as just a dancer anymore. The peripheral creative things that surround dance have fascinated me and led me to pursue my growth within them. One day I might wake up and I will be a choreographer, a dancer, creative director for an artist's project, graphic designer for my parent's company Young Lions, a video director, producer or editor for my own videos and now as of recently, a photographer.

I used to take photography seriously in high school. I bought my first DSLR when I was fifteen and took three years of photography in high school. I also used to go to the dark room, listen to loud music and develop photos in a very emo way back then.

Recently I was getting really creatively overwhelmed and wanted to do something that gave me a different perspective and was therapeutic without having the pressure of my creativity being 'work'. When I thought back to that time, I remembered the simplicity of taking a photo and the joy it brought me. Now here we are two months into my reintroduction to photography. I had just returned to LA from Chicago, and thankfully had some time to catch up with friends and really work on my skills with the new Canon EOS 80D DSLR.

At the beginning of the week I had a photoshoot to do for a dance convention I teach all year called the Pulse On Tour. At this touring convention, with all of the most renown choreographers in the world, we usually teach anywhere from 300-800 students over the course of the weekend. As something new this year, I was able to pick out our faculty photoshoot photographer and I picked a great friend of mine SuperBrick who's also a DJ and a rapper. In the midst of the shoot I thought it would just be fun to capture some behind the scenes of everyone happily creating in their element. As a creative it has always fascinated me anytime I can see the process behind people's work that I respect.

This is SuperBrick. Figured he was too fresh not to shoot as well.

Lens: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM. Canon EOS 80D: 1/1,600 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, autofocus.

For some reason in my head I was thinking of trying to edit this to make Brick look as much like Frankenstein as possible while using the autofocus. A lovable Frankenstein.
Lens: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM. Canon EOS 80D: 1/500 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200, autofocus.

I also hit the streets of NoHo in desire to get some of my first light streak photos. After a couple YouTube videos and article reads I figured it out and got some stellar shots. This was also a super fun opportunity to use the built-in time-lapse feature. Traffic and streets, in general, are always a natural for some time-lapses.

I always wanted to do long night exposures. Finally, I got to try one with the Canon EOS 80D this week. I'm really glad my first one ended up looking so cool! I think they should print this & hang this around restaurants in NoHo.
Lens: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM. Canon EOS 80D: 15 sec, f/11, ISO 100, autofocus.

I caught up with one of my best friends Sean Mallers who I've known since I was 12 years old. I always had fun adventuring with him and all my friends from home anytime and anywhere. I began searching online to find somewhere cool with an interesting view that would give us some great natural lighting. I found Ascott Hills online and have never heard of it after my five years of living in LA. Using the HDR function was an experience to say the least – the sunset and lighting for all these photos were naturally stunning.

As my buddy Sean Mallers and I headed up to Ascot Hills, I tried something different here using the HDR function. I knew the background wouldn't move and my subject would so this is the result of the combined images taken with the HDR function on.
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. Shot at 105mm. Canon EOS 80D: 1/5,000 sec, f/4, ISO 1000, autofocus, HDR.

This is the most "conceptual" photo I think I took. I took this photo thinking of a movie poster of the giant from "Jack & The Beanstalk". I know it's random but that's what this looked like to me.
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. Shot at 24mm. Canon EOS 80D: 1/400 sec, f/4, ISO 200, autofocus.

This photo just felt like the relaxing dwindling days of summer moving slower and slower as you look forward to the new energy coming in the fall.
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. Shot at 105mm. Canon EOS 80D: 1/800 sec, f/4, ISO 200, autofocus.

Here we are, watching a spaceship take off. Due to the HDR function, I was able to retain so much more color that would normally be completely blown out.
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. Shot at 24mm. Canon EOS 80D: 1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 200, autofocus, HDR.

After my recent adventures with Canon's EOS 80D, I discovered that my style and photos really seem to come to life when I make them more vibrant and nostalgic feeling in the editing process as though you would see some of these in a lifestyle-centric magazine. I realized that as much as I love to photograph cool architecture and shallow depth of field food pics like everyone else, what I love to shoot most is creative people in their element. There's something so magical to me about capturing people's happiness in their endeavors. Also when they're your friends it makes it that much more fun. To end my day, as the sunset went down, Sean captured me doing a little freestyle dance on the spot using the autofocus function.

All Photos Shot on the Canon EOS 80D DSLR

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