Something 's called me back...
The Esala Perahera is held annually in Kandy to honour the Sacred Tooth Relic. It runs for 10 days, ending on the poya (full moon).
Its origins go back to when the Sacred Tooth Relic was brought to Ceylon, which was during the reign of King Kirthisiri Meghawanna who ruled at Anuradhapura from 303 to 331.
The Kandy Esala Perahera as we know it today, with the four Hindu Dewale Peraheras participating in it, has its origin in 1775 A.D. under the reign of King Kirthisri Rajasinghe.
The anuual procession in Kandy is one of Asia's most magnificent festivals. Up to 100 elephants take part in it and this year there were more than one million spectators.
This picture shows one of the fire dancers that traditionally open the parade. They come just after the cracking whips.
Difficult to isolate one of the performers, as this is quite a massive festival. The background gives a hint of the crowds in the streets of Kandy.
No flash, lots of grains, lotza noize...soul power!
A little light in the dark, what we need.
"Something 's calling me back
There 's a light in the black
Am I ready to go - I'm coming home"
in loving memory of R.J. Dio
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jhm (134518) 2011-12-05 4:37
Ieder land heeft zo zijn tradities, maar als fotograaf moet u wel even geluk hebben om dit beeld te kunnen vastleggen.
Het licht heeft u op een perfecte wijze weten vast te leggen.
Bijzondere mooi fotowerk, goed gedaan. Bedankt.
macondo (18551) 2011-12-05 4:41
First, I must say I like your note - there is not enough of such informative note writing, in which the photographer reveals a little of himself/herself and the circumstances of the taking of the shot, and has an emotional stake in the photo.
Second, for a high ISO shot, this has come out pretty well; the little bit of apparent noise does not detract from the very good timing of the shot, the pleasing off-centre placement of the flame and highlights it creates, and the judicious inclusion of a large dark, shadowy area. Very nicely done in all respects.
Juzo (4329) 2011-12-05 5:37
A comprehensive and onformative note, these kind of festivals are almost unknown to many people outisde Sri Lanka I imagine. I watched Anthony Bordain the grumpy Frnco-American chef travel Sri Lanka on TV tonight..I must say..the food looked great, the people, and the festivals like this.
The high'light' for me is that orange glow here, very cool, and I like the hint of ISO noise.
sevy (15289) 2011-12-07 7:22
Not an easy shot but you share the mood of this moment. For sure the 'quality' of the picture at high iso is not so good, but finally it is better to have a shot than nothing and the scene and what happenned is clear.
We are in a reportage spirit.
kordinator (14831) 2011-12-11 0:40
Fine scene from this festivals.
Nice playing by fire.
I like a lot this your image.
CLODO (28650) 2011-12-11 1:21
The spirit is conserved and the eye is guided to the lighted areas of your shot. Better than firing with the flashgun, you kept the mood thanks to the high ISO.
- Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) (13538)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-08-13
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Nikon D40
- Exposure: f/5.2, 1/30 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Sri Lanka 2011
- Theme(s): Perahera 2011 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-12-05 2:58