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Classical Dancer

By AlanBW
Whenever we visit Pattaya, often our last port of call before going to the hotel is the Malibu, a bar / restaurant that entertains the customers with a live stage show. The performers mime to well known songs and there are marvellous (and often hilarious) impersonations of artistes such as Elvis, Tina Turner and Shirley Bassey. The Malibu buzzes as the performers strut their stuff and the audience shows appreciation with loud applause and cheering, especially for the more popular acts. Some numbers are always performed, but over the years we have noticed new ones being introduced while others have vanished. The show is non-stop from 8.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m. and the costume changes are fast and furious. When ready for their next act, the performers often come out and mingle with the customers or have a drink at the end of the bar near to the stage door.

This year they introduced something very different. After a particularly loud and raunchy number, eight dancers emerged in traditional Thai costume and performed a superb classical dance. The audience fell silent as they danced elegantly, resplendent in their beautiful costumes. It brought the house down; they got the longest, loudest round of applause of the entire evening. We had the good fortune to be sitting near a corner of the stage and with nobody in the way. At one point the performers held their positions as the lead dancer swayed through a short solo spot. This allowed me a one shot opportunity to capture the young dancer above, (taken using available light and converted to black and white to tone down a bright and garish background).

I once put up a shot of a Thai dancer that provoked fierce debate about the gender of the performer in question. Well, some of the entertainers at the Malibu are undoubtedly male Ė or at least they started out that way. As for the dancer above, if this isnít a girl Iíd be amazed (no Adam's Apple, large feet or deep voice), but Iíll leave you to judge.

Tags: Travel General Candid People Girl Thailand Black and white Dancer Portraits and people

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19 Mar 2007 8:39AM
Alan, beautifully crisp image of a charming face, surely female! Thanks for the word picture too - it makes a huge difference.

TommyStr 15 9 3 Norway
19 Mar 2007 8:44AM
Beautiful portrait..
colin 16 697 5 Scotland
19 Mar 2007 8:55AM
Beautiful features whether male or female. Nice narrative.
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
19 Mar 2007 8:59AM
A very crisp clear image of a very beautiful face.
Not too sure about the gender...usually the Adam's apple is a give away, but you cut him/her off at that particular point!!
Great interesting story.
19 Mar 2007 9:34AM
Lovely picture Alan and I'm convinced she is a girl. Thanks for the story too, I always enjoy the details.

Paul_cats 15 61 22 Scotland
19 Mar 2007 9:57AM
Beautiful sharp candid Alan. Glad you enjoyed the show.
firzhugh 16 13 New Zealand
19 Mar 2007 10:03AM
beautiful portraits, very nice tones
19 Mar 2007 10:34AM
Male or female its a beautiful portrait Alan, the mono works well, excellent info, always enjoyable read from you, great shot, Adrian
tuhin 14
19 Mar 2007 10:43AM
Great shot.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2214 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2007 10:45AM
The gender doesn't matter, Alan, this is a beautiful portrait image and a wonderful headdress.
angelamary 15 6 England
19 Mar 2007 12:23PM
A beautiful person either way! Lovely shot. Well caught! (Possible subject for colour selection?)
rhiw_com 14 24
19 Mar 2007 1:05PM
Brilliant portrait with great tones, Love your writeup Alan, as always.

Rg Tony
Agree with Tony ... lovely worl Alan.
LauraBeans 15 32 Scotland
19 Mar 2007 2:07PM
stunning portrait regardless of gender!

tull 17 181 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2007 2:24PM
Love the clarity to this Alan great angle.

SarahV 15 13
19 Mar 2007 2:55PM
A beautiful portrait of a beautiful person, I'd kill for their flawless complection!! 10/10 for capturing it with available light ...Sarah
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
19 Mar 2007 3:03PM
Superb clarity Alan.My money is on a woman.
I would be disappointed if it wasn't !!

daffydill56 17 190 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2007 3:16PM
Looks like I have missed a few pics Alan. Superb work as always.

Mavis 19 143 2 England
19 Mar 2007 3:16PM
A very beautiful young lady . A perfectly captured candid . xx
Chant57 Plus
15 395 3 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2007 3:30PM
A very interesting narrative Alan. Having been to Thailand and visitng Pattaya I can concur that it is sometimes very difficult to know the gender. Male or female its a beautiful candid portrait. striking facial features.
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
19 Mar 2007 4:19PM
Hi Alan,
A brilliant portrait,you have an excellent portrait here whether male/female,great lighting,shadows,textures,dof and presentation.take care.AnnSmile
Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2007 4:35PM
what a fab portrait
so clear well taken
LesleyJ 14 247 England
19 Mar 2007 4:40PM
Love the amount of detail that you give about your pictures Alan. This has to be a girl. Stunning portrait.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
19 Mar 2007 6:00PM
A fine candid portrait Alan, excellent lighting and story to go with it
RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2007 6:47PM
A beautiful girl and a beautifully taken image!

mickf1 15 2 England
19 Mar 2007 7:20PM
Lovely candid shot Alan, such a sharp image.
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
19 Mar 2007 7:35PM
a beautiful portrait
TonyFrith 14 3 6 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2007 7:47PM
A super B&W portrait must be a female
robertb 15 Canada
19 Mar 2007 7:51PM
Beautiful photo and very interesting information.
19 Mar 2007 7:59PM
Beautiful! what else is there to say?
John (-:
19 Mar 2007 8:01PM
crisp and clean like all your images.,.....

19 Mar 2007 8:26PM
A super image Alan, and as usual great info. Such a pretty girl and such a crisp clean image too. helen
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
19 Mar 2007 8:30PM
A very beautiful lady. Have a great trip, and I'll look forward to your new shots on the return.
19 Mar 2007 8:44PM
Another super and natural capture Alan!

DP_Imagery 16 24 6 Wales
19 Mar 2007 9:40PM
Beautifully caught - lovely lady and very natural expression. Bruce
daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2007 9:50PM
Hello Alan: I liked this one as soon as I saw it. She is beautiful, are those eye lashes real? well-taken. Loved the write up too.
The fun you bring to this site really makes our lives different

summ3r 14 26 1 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2007 9:52PM
A beautiful capture of a beautiful person, the sex is irrelevent!
joseph 15 England
19 Mar 2007 10:27PM
BEAUTIFUL !!!!! The tones and contrast are spot on.
Dotrob 15 Wales
19 Mar 2007 10:36PM
Lovely portrait.
bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2007 11:01PM
wonderful description.. lovely portrait
19 Mar 2007 11:48PM
Amazing portrait of a beautiful woman(?) Superb lighting and skin tones.

forestrich 14 2 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2007 12:00AM
Stunning portrait.

JimV 14 6 3 Canada
20 Mar 2007 1:09AM
No doubt about this one Alan...or I'm a Dutchman! LOL. Great clear shot for a one chance opportunity, well done! I'm guessing that although it was well into the evening you hadn't been imbibing too much!
Rgds., Jim
bricjen 14 United States
20 Mar 2007 2:13AM
This is so good! She is beautiful! Love it in mono!
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2007 5:52AM
epic shot, such beauty you have captured
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
20 Mar 2007 6:26AM
Love those eyes, the B&W works perfect for this shot! Spot on! Click!!!

GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
20 Mar 2007 6:45AM
Hi Alan,
Beautiful girl, lovely expression, nice photo.
MaryMac 15 258 1 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2007 8:54AM
Arthur or Martha?
Whatever the gender
what a beautiful face !!
great shot as ever Alan
KingBee Plus
15 548 2 Scotland
20 Mar 2007 9:04AM
Good morning Alan, and thanks for the "welcome back". Anyway, as usual, your captures get the vote every time, and this shot is no exception. Beautifully detailed and the B & W works very well.

mollye 14 3 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2007 9:06AM
Stunning portrait Alan great tones and detail and i agree with Mary above
cat_mc 14 17 Australia
20 Mar 2007 9:35AM
very regal
SHE is beautiful
nice mono
moglen Plus
14 14 1
20 Mar 2007 10:36AM
beautiful portrait. Female I think. glen x
canongirl08 15 18 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2007 11:52AM
Wonderful portrait Alan!
TonyA 16 11 Spain
20 Mar 2007 12:29PM
Excellent portrait of that beautiful girl. Looks like and image of a beauty pageant.

iajacks 15 24 England
20 Mar 2007 1:17PM
love the soft tones of th face which may not have been essie to control in the differant lighting conditians.

nice eye contact as well
well done ian
tenerifejohn 15 126 England
20 Mar 2007 3:35PM
a beautiful portrait Alan.
trissie 14 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2007 6:15PM
A lovely capture Alan, superb in B&W and a great story.

Trish x
hebdens 15 5
20 Mar 2007 8:49PM
shes beautiful, got to be female.
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2007 9:00PM
Looks like a beautiful girl to me too. Lovely portrait Alan.

Carl40 15 18 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2007 9:55PM
What can i say what hasn't already been said Alan.

really like this.
phototime 15 8 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2007 10:47PM
Another superb portrait Alan well taken.

helena 17 134 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2007 8:08AM
Stunning shot. The people are very beautiful out here. Haven't found porn laundry yet! Have found Mishy Mashy Laundry where you can also get a blod dry for your hair. Clothes and hair done at the same time eh! I gave it a miss just in case blod is in fact not blow! Signs out here are really funny. regards Tara x
21 Mar 2007 9:29AM
WOW !! what a fabulous shot, such beauty.
panda 16 5 1 England
21 Mar 2007 10:32AM
Classic shot as well Alan, superb in B&W.

Regards Phil
Aurora 16 3 England
21 Mar 2007 11:26AM
A beautiful portrait. Lovely skin toning.
Rock 18 10 2 England
21 Mar 2007 3:21PM
Wouldn't dare to quess the gender !

A realy good shot.

Possum 14 148 England
21 Mar 2007 4:44PM
Stunningly beautiful, perhaps the more so for being black and white as it highlights the lovely skin tones. Just love those killer eyelashes!
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
21 Mar 2007 6:47PM
BEAUTIFUL shot, Alan - the tones and lighting here are AWESOME. Well caught!!

Andrew Smile
elcid 16 150 England
21 Mar 2007 7:39PM
Lovely shot, Alan. And again the description is so interesting, great stuff mate.

G73photography 14 417 15 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2007 8:22PM
i like the contrast and the smoothness of the skintones, G
KKmoments 14 12 1 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2007 8:23PM
Wonderful desctiption Alan but the true beauty of this candid/portrait steals the show... she really is a stunning looking girl and the B&W really suits the image... well done. Karen
Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
21 Mar 2007 8:59PM
Great narration Alan..and a super shot of a very beautiful woman...

KingArthur 14 8 Malta
21 Mar 2007 10:39PM
How's this for definition and tones! Really is a splendid mono portrait, excellent photography Alan.

Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
22 Mar 2007 2:13AM
A pretty girl. Great portrait. -Brian.
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2007 6:27AM
beautiful girl - excellent exposure and composition.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
22 Mar 2007 7:38PM
My word Alan/she is beautiful.Perfect portrait.
ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2007 9:06PM
Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
23 Mar 2007 8:51AM
An incredibly good portrait, particularly under circumstances.
Gaz_H 14 150 1 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2007 7:57AM
Wonderful Alan, great portrait.
24 Mar 2007 4:15PM
Amazing capture, tones and eyes.
Malc_V 15 England
25 Mar 2007 8:11PM
Wonderful portrait Alan, brilliant mono work.

Pegon 15 78 1 England
25 Mar 2007 11:21PM
A cracking portrait Alan, She's gorgeous. (I hope it is a girl after saying that) :O)
PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
26 Mar 2007 6:33PM
Excellent image. I vote for female. Living in San Francisco, you learn the subtle differences when boundaries intentionally become so blurred!

evelen 16 5 England
26 Mar 2007 6:41PM
excellent shot beautiful portrait shot.
evelen 16 5 England
26 Mar 2007 6:42PM
beautiful image excellent portrait shot.
eve.sorry clicked comment twice.
John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
26 Mar 2007 7:36PM
Definately a girl Alan and a beautiful one at that! Nice informal candid portrait. John
27 Mar 2007 4:18PM
beautiful clear portrait.
sputnki 16 10 Canada
28 Mar 2007 12:14PM
Another great shot Alan. I won't enter into the debate of gender though!

elph 15 10 Russian Federation
28 Mar 2007 7:13PM
Thai goddess! A brilliant shot!

Richard707 14 14 United States
30 Mar 2007 1:30AM
Nice headshot. Hmm...with those eye lashes and the crown, she almost looks like a doll.

I don't know for sure if this is a boy or a girl. Doesn't really matter to me, 'cause either way, they're selling an illusion. Anyhow, you can't very well tell with the Adam's Apple (it's only in general that it's pronounced in men; there are plenty of women who do have pronounced "Apples"). Besides, a man can always have a surgery to have his Adam's Apple scraped down. There's actually a very good specialist in my area that does this.
jan 1 17 12 Netherlands
30 Mar 2007 8:53PM
Hi Alan.
Glad to give you click 100.! it never happened before. lol
Beautiful girl, which you captured Great, Lovely portrait.
1 Apr 2007 11:12PM
A lovely portrait and a great description, as ever!
jakcie 14 8 Ireland
5 Apr 2007 12:31PM
WOW she should married me Smile


Gorro 14 9 England
9 Apr 2007 3:41PM
Beautiful - in every sense.
10 Apr 2007 11:38AM
She is a very beautiful lady in my opinion , whom you have captured on film magnificently .Top Marks ...RIff
davewaine 14 141 3 England
10 Apr 2007 2:45PM
Lovely portrait. Definitely a girl.

15 Apr 2007 9:03PM
It's a beautiful portrait Alan regardless of gender. It looks fabulous in mono.

KevinMW 15 14 Wales
18 Apr 2007 11:16PM
Absolutely wonderful Alan. The smooth tones work really well and the dancer's skin is virtually perfect. Love the catchlights in the eyes, which add that sparkle. The right decision to go B&W with this shot, in my humble opinion.

chodge987 14 20 Scotland
18 May 2007 8:17PM
This looks stunning in mono, lovely smooth tones. Smile

KenJ 14
23 May 2007 1:33PM
Beautiful picture... wonderful tones!

Juliet 14
28 May 2007 12:01PM
Great, cristal clear picture of a beautiful girl. I can't believe it was taken with Fuji 9500. I love it. Black and white works very well here.
mystify 14
1 Jun 2007 8:05AM
Wonderful portrait. The lighting and clarity are excellent.I like the close up shot of her face as well as the angle.
16 Jun 2007 10:17AM
wonderful in all respects
derekv 13 3 England
19 Jul 2007 4:05PM
Beautiful mono portrait-Congratulations
AlanBW 15 20 England
19 Jul 2007 4:29PM
Thanks Derek, thanks everyone; very much appreciated - Alan
digital_boi 15 3 6 Scotland
14 Oct 2007 6:09PM
been in malibu often quite a place ...good capture
MartaHari 13 1 Spain
24 Mar 2008 5:41PM
AlanBW 15 20 England
25 Mar 2008 8:43AM
Many thanks Marta - Alan

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