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Of street photography and ballet

Sat Oct 26, 2013, 9:59 AM
If you like what you read, please :+favlove: this article so it reaches more deviants

Probably the silliest article I've ever written. Or just an excuse for a feature. 

Descriptions are freely taken from…

Première position of street shooting:

Through a viewfinder or LCD

shadows... by iapostolovski

Seconde position of street shooting: 

Raise your arms to the side. Keep your arms slightly rounded. Lower your elbows slightly below your shoulders. Make sure your wrists are lower than your elbows. Keep your shoulders down, your neck long and your chin up. 

Graphic Dyslexia by Vermontster

Pirouette à la seconde
Or framing sideways with a tiltable screen:

À la seconde usually means a movement done to the side such as a 'tendu', 'glisse' or 'grand battement à la seconde'. A technically challenging type of turn is pirouette à la seconde, where the photographer spins with the working leg in second position à la hauteur.

Head-on collision by StamatisGR


For photos snapped at the last fraction of second to capture a decisive moment:
Allongé means to "ellongate". Adjective describing a position as stretched out or made longer, often used with arabesque.

Untitled by ohyouhandsomeDevil


Or taking photos from an advantaged perspective (such as over a bench, a pole, or taking the camera over your head).
Elevé: Literally "rise". 
Relevé: Literally "lifted". 

mona lisa by hardtomakeastand
Splits by Treamus

Demi/Grand plié 

Or with the photographer half sitting or sitting with the camera hidden somewhere
Meaning "half." Applied to plié and pointe and other movements or positions to indicate a smaller or lesser version.
Grand plié:
A full plié, or bending of the knees. The back should be straight and aligned with the heels, and the legs are turned out with knees over the feet. As a movement, it should be fluid. It may also be in preparation for another movement such as a leap. Often done in first, second, third, fourth, or fifth position.

scene de rue 222 by C-Jook
devID 19june2006 by cweeks


Or photo taken lying on your back after that your subject punched you
Tombé: The act of falling. 

The Professional by JonnyGoodboy
scene de rue 250 by C-Jook

Enjoy the selection and have a good weekend!

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lightdrafter Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
:) thank god I can't dance..
JACAC Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
UF! n o t . e a s y . i . a m . e x h a u s t e d . =)=)
djailledie Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What a waltz! 
Nattygrego Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
exquisite and delightful moment of happiness Mary !!! Thanks for putting this together and congrats to these extraordinary photographers !!!
Batsceba Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013   Photographer
danca dance dance
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013   Photographer
Can't say that dance is my cup of tea, still these images are! :lol:
JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
An enjoyable well put together piece Mary! :clap:
C-Jook Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I understand all titles !!! mais c'est normal… ;)
It's not a silly journal, it's a funny one :)
Another one please ! ;)
PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
:D (Big Grin) 
alexskyline Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
I would often find myself too engaged in the picture-taking process to care about my pose, especially when my lens's angle isn't wide enough for what I'm trying to get into a shot. But hey, this choreography is what makes it fun! :lol:
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