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Kecak is a spectacular dance usually performed at night, surrounding a bonfire. The westerners called this dance The Monkey Dance, for the movements may remind us of monkey's movements. There can literally be one hundred or more bare chested men, sitting down on the ground surrounding the bonfire, led by a priest in the middle. The only music to accompany them are the beats of their palms hitting their chests, their thighs, or other parts of their bodies, or their claps, rhythmically accompanied by shouting and chanting.
The dancers move in unison, creating a spectacular choreographic performance. Either hands stretched out, pulled in, rested on the shoulder of the next person, or waists gyrated left and right, etc.

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Lens:Nikon AF-S VR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Balinese dancer
Username:natstravers natstravers
Uploaded:17 Oct 2009 - 8:39 AM
Tags:Fashion, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Wedding / social
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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2009 - 9:56 AM

Interesting write up and a powerful image, the dancer looks very serious, almost scary, perhaps it's the concentration of a complicated dance. Great shot, beautiful colours and nice crop.
Barbara

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somnathchatterjee

lovely colorful portrait, very well taken.

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davey_griffo
17 Oct 2009 - 12:25 PM

Wonderful portrait. I love the vibrant colours, well captured by your spot-on exposure.

Great use of Dof to isolate the front dancer, but leaving the one behind in just enough focus to show she's in a group, without overcrowding or overcomplicating the frame.

Last Modified By davey_griffo at 17 Oct 2009 - 12:26 PM

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Suehh
Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
18 Oct 2009 - 11:11 AM

V G portrait - love the concentration on the dancer's face. Lovely colourful image. Thanks for the explanation - it makes it so much more interesting.

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Jamie_MacArthur

An incredible piece of work!!

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imagio
imagio  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2009 - 12:42 PM

Such a powerful image Nathalie, love the colors too! great write up..

Bernie

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 6dmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2009 - 10:34 PM

beautifully captured
regards
Yung

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SandraKay
SandraKay e2 Member 6230 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2009 - 4:45 PM

Wonderful capture.

Sandra

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Rock
Rock e2 Member 11Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 8:02 PM

A very colourful and interesting capture.

May I ask if you need the text at eyelevel.

Rock

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Tonyto
Tonyto  5 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 - 9:33 PM

Love the use of DOF, the colours are wonderful. Stunning image.
Tony

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