Another tippy toe edition

Graceful, from the feet up...

Graceful, from the feet up…

What to do when you feel the absence of excitement when capturing images? Join hubby at ballet practice!

The pink shoes, the long, well-shaped legs, the graceful flow of movement, the facial expressions not showing the strain these bodies endure… Just perfect for jolting one back into expressing passion! And it is also the perfect opportunity to shoot from my favourite perspective…

Ballet lends itself to capturing images from low down, close to some part of the action, with the image filled further with what you need to provide context and further mood.

Take for example the following shot:

Up close, adding perspective

Up close, adding perspective

Without the up-close ballerina’s feet and legs, there would have been no emotion to the image. In fact, there would not be an image to add to the Keeper box.

Yes, really seeing what beauty is around us is all about perspective!

Just let the senses feast in the beauty that us humans express in art.

Just let the senses feast in the beauty that us humans express in art.

I believe what makes this form of dance such a wonder to marvel at is the accompaniment to this art form by the athletic possibilities that we innately feel we need to express.

Bursting with energy, yet graceful!

Bursting with energy, yet graceful!

Yes, there are times that we need to be still. Let the mind wonder while seeing the imagery being created for us. Like staring at water gently curving over obstacles on its way downstream somewhere where we do not care where to.

What unadulterated freedom must look like

What unadulterated freedom must look like

You, the reader went down that stream with me, didn’t you? Welcome back. Let’s explore the world of ballet and photography further.

Light is naturally the other aspect that adds mood to our images. See how the ballet dancer’s hand seem to touch the heavens? And the interrupted reflection at his pointed foot becomes the focal point where the eyes rest.

Using light to add mood to the dancer's pose

Using light to add mood to the dancer’s pose

And who can avoid a Cheshire grin, watching the bowing paws of this kitten, steeling a glimpse of Sleeping Beauty?

Imagine what this scene will look like when they are in full costume!

Imagine what this scene will look like when they are in full costume!

Now have a look at the following picture. Why do I catch myself wondering how this ballerina seem to not be exposed to gravitation forces? Surely she cannot be the feather that seems to be floating on the dance floor?

Hold her hand, before the floats away...

Hold her hand, before the floats away…

Back to perspective (and welcome back again ;))

Yes, the dancer on the right's foot was so close that I could reach out and touch it.

Yes, the dancer on the right’s foot was so close that I could reach out and touch it.

Those pointy shoes!

Those pointy shoes!

Need I say more? Perspective tells the story!

Need I say more? Perspective tells the story!

I hope you enjoyed watching my captured images as much what I enjoyed making them. And perhaps I managed to show you why I love bringing beauty and perspective together in ways that adds mood to my photographs.

A couple of images to end off…

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