Pixel Stretch Dance

As a photographer, I am always searching for new ways to show off the skills of my athletes. I usually go for in-camera effects because I am not great at graphic design or photoshop. Recently I came across Joe Cavazos’ work. He is a visual artist out of Texas. His work on pixel stretching inspired me to take the plunge and learn a simple graphic design technique.

What is Pixel Stretch?

The pixel stretch effect samples a small number of pixels in an image and stretches them out to create a unique streak of color. Once you have captured the colors and matched them to your subject, there are multiple ways you can manipulate the streak to create some exciting designs. Once I got the hang of the basics, I knew this would be the perfect project for my high school dancers. Pixel Stretch Dance was born.

ballerina in a white tutu posing with a rainbow around her for a Pixel Stretch Dance
dancer lighting leg in air with a rainbow of color around her

Special Thanks

I have to give a special thanks to Marilyn Chappell and all the ladies at Holly Springs School of Dance for making this project come to life. We have collaborated together since 2017, and they have always been more than willing to try my half baked ideas. Without her high school dancers, most of my concepts would just be notes on my phone. I highly recommend the school to any parent looking for a great learning environment and a dance family. Holly Springs School of Dance is located in the heart of Holly Springs, NC, and has a beautiful facility.

This graphic design effect is only a minor enhancement of these young ladies’ abilities. Having the opportunity to shoot them is always inspiring. Without them, my dance work would not be what it is.

dancer in a blue dress posing for a pixel stretch dance shoot
dancer dressed in green posing for a pixel stretch dance portrait
dancer jumping with angel wings
dancer posing on a green back ground
dancer jumping in the air with a rainbow following behind her
dancer leaping in the air with a rainbow behind her
dancer with leg in the air posing for a pixel stretch dance portrait
ballerina jumping with a black and white rainbow following being her for a pixel stretch dance shoot
dancer dressed in green jumping in the air with a rainbow behind her
dancer jumping with a blue and red rainbow trailing from her
dancer jumping high in the air on a green background posing fora pixel stretch dance shoot
dancer leaping in the air with a rainbow circle around her posing for Pixel Stretch Dance shoot

Thank you for visiting my website and checking out my Pixel Stretch Dance project. If you would like to see more of my work, click on the link to see more of  my athletic portfolio.

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Chris@nietophotography.com | (919)4955916