Weekly Photo Challenge: Dance


I’m finally getting around to writing this after an early start (5 am) to pick someone up from the airport. I like that time of the day. The roads are quiet, you get to the airport fairly quickly (50 minutes) and can usually find a parking spot near the terminal building). The downside is by the time you start to travel back rush hour is starting and the roads are so much busier.

Right, this weeks challenge. I thought long and hard about this. I didn’t think I had any photographs of dancers so my interpretation this week is a bit loose to say the least. But here we go….

Flamingo

It’s just a shame this Flamingo isn’t facing me but you can’t have it right every time. That’s just the way it is in photography. In an ideal world I’d walk up to the Flamingo, it would see me, say to itself “here’s Mike, best I turn around and let him photograph me”. If only.

I photograph all my birds and animals in the wild, in their natural environment. Some photographers will cut branches from nearby trees and bolt them to a small table. They’ll then put food at the bottom of the branches and sit back, behind a blind, with a long lens, and wait. To me, that may be bird photography, but it isn’t wildlife photography. – David Young

Now hears the thing. I’m highly unlikely to photograph a Flamingo in my back garden, let alone their natural environment. At least, not here in the UK. So what do you think about photographing animals in Nature Reserves?

Now this one actually is in the wild.

Grey Heron

It’s a Grey Heron photographed in a lagoon, here in North Wales. A lot of our coast attracts birds like this and they can regularly be found fishing.

That’s it for this week. Here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

Dance Sunset Photography – Zero Creativity Learnings
Dancing in the Wind – A Year of Sunshine
Log Dancing – Shangri-La
Click! Weekly Photo Challenge – Dance
Jennifer Sawicky Photography 2016-03-22- WPC Dance
Claire Rosslyn Wilson Flamenco shoes
The Dancing Mouse – Snapshots, Styles And Smiles
Cooes N Cuddles Photography! Dance Dance – WPC!
Capt Jills Journeys Dance- New Orleans
Creative Blog Mom Dancing to the Weekly Photo Challenge

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19 comments

  1. arv!

    I ran through many pictures posted against WPC Dance, I found that largely bloggers had posted pictures of dance or animals and birds. There were very few pictures that went offbeat.
    Anyways, I always admire and enjoy your clicks. 🙂

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  2. Sonel

    Excellent take on the challenge Mike and as always, stunning shots! Yes, if only they would turn around and pose, but then it won’t be natural either. I think the shots you took are just perfect. 😀

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  3. sukiesoriginal

    If you have the opportunity to photograph creatures you would never normally see, and you enjoy doing so, then why not? I guess if you then pretended you’d taken them in the wild, that would be a bit unethical!

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    • Mike Hardisty

      That’s the big one. I’ve seen a few supposed wildlife and often wondered are they truly in the wild. My son is a wildlife photographer, He’s been in Japan with the Snow Monkeys and done several trips to Africa for wildlife amongst other things.

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      • sukiesoriginal

        I have great respect for photographers who are prepared to sit and wait. I saw a behind-the-scenes program on an Attenborough series that was a real eye-opener on the lengths they go to to get the required footage.

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  4. petspeopleandlife

    Both birds are fine examples of “the dance.” They remind me of human dancers who always seem to have long legs and thus are very graceful. It doesn’t matter to me if the bird or animal is in nature, a zoo, or a wildlife reserve/preserve. If the subject is photographed in an interesting pose that shows the subjects odd or particular manner.

    I noted that the flamingo is a banded bird.

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  5. Mike Hardisty

    In Europe you will often find that many birds are banded, even in the wild. Mainly used for tracking migration and numbers, Yvonne. I know I have photographed birds at Talacre and Conwy and been surprised on looking at the photographs on the PC to see they are banded.

    I was able to track the banding on a Little Egret to find out it had come from Northern Europe to our shores for the winter

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  6. theresagreen

    Lovely interpretation of dance and grace. I think the back view of the flamingo is more effective than a frontal one would have been, looks like it’s wearing a tutu.

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