Ok, I've made the cardinal sin of using direct flash here, but there was no available light at 7pm (the sun sets at 6 pm). I try to travel lightweight, so bounced flash (as in a studio) is not a practical option here. This is the classical style of Cambodian dancing, which the Khmer Rouge tried so hard to eradicate. (They executed hundreds of musicians & dancers, but it went underground, to successfully re-emmerge after the fall of the Pol Pot regime in 1979).
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carper (96) 2004-07-11 3:28
It's really a great shot you did Chris.
Very good capture, good colours, and a great composition, I like it, very good photo, well done
RGatward (20086) 2004-07-11 3:32
A TE favourite topic it seems. A bit more than fill I think, and I'm coming around to normal TE sensibilities on the issue of flash, but nonetheless, this is a great compo, and you caught them at a good point in their performance. I could do with poicking your brains a bit more on this place. I've got my ticket (that's why I'm changing in Bangkok). I've picked a hotel (Pavilion IndoChine) but restaurant tips would be most welcome.
jhm (150878) 2004-07-11 3:54
Lively photograph with beautiful colours, Chris, lovely faces too.
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2004-07-11 4:27
Hi Chris, this is a beautiful picture, flash or no flash, regretfully, circumstances are not always ideal, so you have to cope with it. I think the moment is well chosen though, their feet up in the air, and the other one not straight. The colours are beautiful.
spence (65) 2004-07-11 5:07
Lovely colours and good timing evident in this shot, Chris.
summer89 (5422) 2004-07-11 7:52
Great photo Chris,
I like this dance, the details and colors are great.
Kenny10pin (19301) 2004-07-11 8:50
nice picture, I guess the lighting conditions could of been better for you, but still a very very nice shot here, the details can still be seen and wonderful shot of the ladies
elihesamian (26149) 2004-07-11 9:24
Excellent,dynamic,symbolic & great in ceremony categories,I like this kind of folk shot & you could captured in a nice time with a beautiful & folk colors perfectlly.
Very nice work,Thanks for sharing,Chris!
nwoehnl (122) 2004-07-11 12:07
Wow, what a graceful posing you captured in the dancers, they look very elegant and beautiful. The flash is of course visible but actually doesn't do a lot of harm to your photo, as the colorful costumes and the ornate headwear are very well rendered. Well done Chris on this nice and well-timed shot.
davecall (575) 2004-07-11 12:43
This is a gem Chris, and it's well-composed. Not being too clued up on the dynamics of the flash I can't see any ''defect'' in the photo as a result of your flash. What I particularly like though is the context you've provided by your Note.
cdewet (0) 2004-07-11 14:47
Chris, a lovely bevy of dancers, and the flash is not bad. I find that you have to dial in -1/2 to -1 stops with flash to sometimes get it right. It is the one part of photography yours truly really battle with, and the successes are mostly luck. The colours here are wonderful. If we look for a nit, it is the shoulder thingie on the second dancer poking into the eye of the back danceer, but the flash revealed, it, it was not visible at the time of taking, the light being too dark. Just some comments really, not critiques.
cmartos (242) 2004-07-11 16:56
Wonderful catch! I like it a lot, no blur but still a very good feeling of movement. Excellent exposure, nice bright colours, an excellent shot, very nice to look at.
dawekato (2269) 2004-07-12 22:38
The cardinal sin of direct flash is not that it makes a bad picture, but that it could injur the dancers if they are startled by it and lose their balance. Otherwise, a nice shot. Thanks for the note, it's very informative. Photographing a performance is surely a challenge. Try using a tripod and slow shutter speed. You'll get some motion blur, but that only adds to the realism. It could even become a creative shot with the blur as an evocative design element.
MLINES (12516) 2006-12-14 18:09
Hi Chris, Good to see and read about this history which i was not aware of previously. Fancy killing folks like this. Excellent colours. TFS. Murray.
- Copyright: Chris Jules (ChrisJ) (111774)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-01-00
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Pentax Me Super, 70-210mm/f4
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Apsara (The Dancer) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-07-11 3:26