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By daveyo
Greek traditional dancing at a night festival on the island of Samos

Tags: Fashion Dance Greek Backlighting Portraits and people

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
22 Sep 2008 10:58PM
Nice sense of movement in this, - looks a little like a painting.

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2008 7:33PM
Hello, Dave, and welcome to EPZ. I am assuming you wanted to capture the movement of the dance with the light behind them throwing them into shadow. If not, you would have needed a faster shutter speed to freeze the movement. The backlighting has created some strong shadows on the floor and almost thrown the dancers into silhouettes with very little of their detail remaining. I am wondering if you used a high ISO setting because there is a lot of "noise" in the image. The two bright lights between the dancers would have been better behind the figures as they are quite distracting. It would also have been nice to see their faces. Anyway, it is an interesting photo and you seem to have achieved what you were after.
I offer two mods for your consideration, but am not sure how much I have improved this. In the first, I cropped off some blank black space from the top, applied a noise removal filter, used the highlights/shadows option to get a more dramatic effect, and saturated the colours. The second mod is in black-and-white because I felt the image lent itself to attempting this, and a little added contrast.
I hope I haven't been too critical.

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