Let's go back once more to Palani.
Finally the pilgrims reach the temple at the top of the hill after a long climb of the many steps.
There the accompanying group of musicians gives a acrobatic performance encouraged by the stirring up rhythm of the drums. All watching this joyful moment as part of the religious journey as life is a feast. Then the last supreme moment will follow, the devote silent puja or worshipping offering and blessings of the priest in the inner sanctorum of the Dhandapani Murugan Temple.
You noticed ? No white tourist here, these are all South-Indian ....
A documentairy shot.
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everlasting (14698) 2005-08-12 4:44
Fantastic action shot, henk. The shadow of teh dancer resembles,(???? the north american indian silhoutte, someone will know the name that I am thinking of).
I like the way the crowd is intent on watching the dancing-- noone is looking at the camera. A perfect documentary shot.
kaud (1840) 2005-08-12 4:50
Freezed life shots from Henk are always great.
They are so live ...
Good composition captured.
Shadow adds some spice to this shot.
And the colorful gathering looks marvellous.
chaity (1539) 2005-08-12 4:54
Hai Hank, a very nice and colorful photo. I like the dancer in the middle that was "frozen" by your shot.
sohrab (7439) 2005-08-12 5:12
for a moment i thought it was some sort of a dance form...
i'll post a workshop for you... a photogrpah of a rare dance form called chhow which is somewhat like this.. and it is normally practised in the puruliya district of west bengal
take care :)
jinju (14265) 2005-08-12 5:14
really well captured moment. Decisive moment photography, coined by the immortal HCB himself. This is surely a decisive moment as the two dancers are caught in a perfect way that shows the passion and dynamicism of their dancing.
danby1 (3697) 2005-08-12 5:42
hey henk, nice shot here, good timing to capture the man off the ground, nice to see the shadows are full and uninterupted by the people too! wel l done nice colours! good shot!
zig (2456) 2005-08-12 7:24
Nice movement you have captured. Colours are beautiful. Each faces aren't that clear as you took this as a whole joyful time, but I can see everybody having a nice time. Good life time shot.
ChrisJ (102831) 2005-08-12 9:23
A good decisive moment, with the performer, 'caught' mid-air. Excellent vibrant color, & good sharpness.
Graal (99502) 2005-08-12 9:49
interesting picture from the life in India. Excellent colours and sharpness. Good note. I like it.
naxius (16685) 2005-08-12 14:19
Superb! Those two guys are almost fixed in the air!
I like it a lot.
Great atmosphere I guess..
thaprem (2554) 2005-08-12 14:31
Excellent Action & Timing....
So many times to Palani & still have never managed to have a look at such action at close quarters!!!...
Also, Sohrab`s workshop on chhow is astounding....
robiuk (10807) 2005-08-12 16:44
Very fine documentary shot full of colours.
The light is well controlled and the image very sharp and of a good contrast.
I also like the contrast created by suprisingly calm crowd and 'frentic' performers, one of which (the one further back) you caught in an interesting pose, almost floating in the air.
Interesting are their shadows, as well, as if they've got a role in this performance, too!
PixelTerror (0) 2005-08-13 5:34
There's action going on here ! Nice freezing of ot and good curving perspective of people, once again I'm bluffed by the colors, especially the rich blues on the right.
Have a nice day,
weswang (18223) 2005-08-13 11:30
Hi Henk, A great action picture. You have done a great job to frozen the moment. I enjoy to see the guy floating in the middle of the air you have captured in this picture. A nice capture of the crowd also. An excellent catch.
jhm (142884) 2005-08-13 11:43
Henk, ik denk niet dat hier zoveel blanke touristen lopen, dus zal het niet makkelijk zijn eentje in beeld te krijgen, maar het ritueel geeft op zicht al voldoende om naar te kijken, en wat ik zo bijzonder vindt, is de tweede persoon die letterlijk van de grond is, en toch alles netjes bevroren tot dit mooi en scherp beeld!
rowanb (864) 2005-08-16 7:59
interesting shot henk, perfectly timed to catch the dancer in the air. lots of colour as always.
patcras (14) 2005-12-05 12:32
Hoe is het mogelijk dat ik deze gemist heb, zwevende dansers, prachtig schouwspel.
- Copyright: oochappan as (oochappan) (16582)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-02-08
- Categories: Daily Life, Festivals, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, 24-70mm f/2.8L, RAW, ISO-100
- Exposure: f/16, 1/160 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2005-08-12 4:40