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

19 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Dance

    • Mike Hardisty March 27, 2016 / 12:18

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I’m glad you liked them

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  1. arv! March 24, 2016 / 17:35

    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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    • Mike Hardisty March 25, 2016 / 18:08

      It’s one of those things. I did think about trees swaying in the wind or clouds across the sky but in the end I took the easy way out and went for birds

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      • arv! March 26, 2016 / 01:14

        We all do that.
        What I like the most is interpretation of the topic. It really keeps your creative juices flowing!🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty March 25, 2016 / 18:11

      Thank you Majka. The heron often do that when they are fishing. I don’t know if it’s a balance thing or it gives them extra reach when they lunge for the fish.

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      • Majka March 25, 2016 / 18:12

        I see ☺Thanks for explaining ☺

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  2. Sonel March 24, 2016 / 20:31

    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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    • Mike Hardisty March 25, 2016 / 18:13

      Thank you Sophia. I don’t really photograph that many animals as I’m mainly a landscape photographer nowadays.

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      • Sonel March 25, 2016 / 20:02

        Well, for someone who doesn’t really photograph animals, you are very talented in capturing them on camera.😀

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  3. sukiesoriginal March 25, 2016 / 06:58

    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 March 25, 2016 / 18:17

      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 March 26, 2016 / 04:17

        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. Trail Walker March 25, 2016 / 18:05

    I’m pleased that the flamingo chose to pose with her back to you. Those tail feathers are amazing!

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  5. petspeopleandlife March 28, 2016 / 01:29

    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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  6. Mike Hardisty March 28, 2016 / 11:18

    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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  7. theresagreen April 10, 2016 / 11:18

    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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