Fumie’s New Pointe Shoes
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Fumie's New Pointe  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/4, ISO 400 — image data
Fumie's New Pointe

Fumie was excited today to get a new pair of pointe shoes (ballet “toe shoes”), having ordered a special custom pair from Tokyo ballet shop Avignon, with the part directly above the toes (the “vamp”) shorter than normal.

Short Vamp  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 220 — image data
Short Vamp

She's been looking for a pair of pointe shoes that really suits her feet for years, and recently found a pair from Avignon that showed promise, but the vamp was a bit too tall for her preference. Avignon is one of the few places in Japan that will build to order, so with great hope she asked for a pair with the vamp shortened by a centimeter.

“Tip 1 cm Shallow”  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 250 — image data
“Tip 1 cm Shallow”
Old and New where “old” means two weeks  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 900 — image data
Old and New
where “old” means two weeks
Pre and Post new one in the foreground before Fumie applies a leather platform pad  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800 — image data
Pre and Post
new one in the foreground before Fumie applies a leather platform pad
Heel It's supposed to say “Avignon” ( but I have a hard time seeing anything but “Prиgnon” )  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800 — image data
Heel
It's supposed to say “Avignon”
( but I have a hard time seeing anything but “Prиgnon” )
Stitch & Nail  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 400 — image data
Stitch & Nail
Anti-Fray  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — image data
Anti-Fray
Right  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2200 — image data
Right
Initial Test  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1800 — image data
Initial Test

It's quite a bit of work to prepare a new pair for actual use, such as sewing on extra ribbons exactly where her feet need them, and gluing the front platform pad. Then breaking them in. She has a couple of lessons tomorrow, and is giddy at the prospect to try them.

Joint Effort combining our two passions
Joint Effort
combining our two passions

All 5 comments so far, oldest first...

I enjoyed your post, “Joint Effort.”

— comment by Abraham Lincoln on May 27th, 2012 at 8:10pm JST (5 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Wow! Thanks for sharing all that beauty and passion with us this morning 🙂 (or night!)

— comment by Pesc on May 27th, 2012 at 9:55pm JST (5 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

New pointe shoes are lovely to look at. The lower vamp does look good on Fumie’s feet. I wish her much joy in her dancing.

Marylis

— comment by Marylis on May 27th, 2012 at 10:09pm JST (5 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Didn’t know what a ‘vamp’ was. I won’t pollute this post with stupid puns and homonyms. This image was helpful: http://theballetbag.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/side-small.jpg to understand it.

Great simple shots. Very feminine. Japan ‘does’ French / France almost as good as the French do. Very nice display of soft blues, flesh tones, and pinks. And the ‘R’ shot would have made a great ‘WHAT AM I?” post. What type of lighting did you use for ‘Fumie’s New Pointe’ Shot?

I hadn’t known “vamp” either, but when I looked up “pointe shoe” on Wikipedia, the diagram matched (similar to the one you cite) matched the Japanese that Fumie used, and so I learned “vamp”. Probably will never use that word again, though. The lighting consisted of putting them onto the table by the window in our living room (as seen here). However, there was no direct sun… it was either too late, or cloudy, or both, so the light was delicious. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ron Evans on May 30th, 2012 at 5:45am JST (5 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

those shoes look lovely on her feet :3 I dance a lot, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pair of shoes with such a teeny vamp! I will look at the website to see if they ship to England ( I live in London ), they really look like a perfect fit 🙂 I am assuming that since this was posted nearly two weeks ago, they’re almost ready for the bin by now though 🙁

— comment by Maria on June 9th, 2012 at 6:37am JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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