Photo Challenge: Dance

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Cancun, Mexico, Fire Dancer, Beach, Ocean, Dance

This week’s photo challenge from The Daily Post is all about dance. But before you read another word, set the mood by hitting play on the song shown below. 

There’s rhythm and motion all around us – whether it’s cars jumping and jiving between lanes on a busy freeway or a group of strangers patiently line dancing their way to a teller at a bank, our lives move to the beat of an invisible drum.

This week, I’m profiling a few of my photos that capture the rhythm and movement of dance. The following photos were taken in Cancun, Mexico and feature a local fire-dancing group.

The night was hot, humid and full of energy. The fire-dancers set up on a beach, right next to the ocean, and were accompanied by a group of steel drummers. There was a gentle breeze rolling off the water and the sound of the waves crashing on the beach served as the background accompaniment to the musicians.

As the music increased in pace, so did the speed of the fireballs. Gliding through the air like titanic fireflies, which each pass the fireballs left long tails of flames in their wake.

To capture the movement of the dancers, each of the photos shown below had two to ten second exposures.

Cancun, Mexico, Fire Dancer, Beach, Ocean, Dance, long exposure

Cancun, Mexico, Fire Dancer, Beach, Ocean, Dance, long exposure

Cancun, Mexico, Fire Dancer, Beach, Ocean, Dance, long exposure

To join the next photo challenge from The Daily Post, check out their blog. New themes are announced every Friday. 

  • wingedwind April 3, 2016, 10:30 pm Reply

    Wow, realllyy nice! :O

    • jon April 3, 2016, 10:31 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • retirement195 April 1, 2016, 11:26 pm Reply

    Some really terrific photos and you can’t beat the music of the Buena Vista Social Club. Very enjoyable!

  • aslin kirkpatrick April 1, 2016, 11:23 pm Reply

    Night shot has always been my weakness. Great photos Jon!

    • jon April 2, 2016, 12:48 am

      They’re a work in progress for me, but I recently got a new lens and it made a HUGE difference.

  • inbluerhapsody March 20, 2016, 4:22 pm Reply


  • pierrmorgan March 20, 2016, 8:33 am Reply

    Stunning! And thanks for the Buena Vista Social Club accompaniment. It has fired my morning!

    • jon March 20, 2016, 11:05 am

      Excellent! Thanks for checking out my post 🙂

  • Evelyne Chevallier March 20, 2016, 6:37 am Reply

    great fire dance!

    • jon March 20, 2016, 11:05 am

      Thanks so much!

  • Meg March 20, 2016, 2:34 am Reply

    The sound track compliments your shots really well.

    • jon March 20, 2016, 11:06 am

      Thanks so much Meg!

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