This girl, as well as others were preparing for a performance of a Chinese Opera at BoAn Temple. Unfortunately, I couldn't stay for the performance, but seeing the preparations was interesting in its own right. I know technically the water bottle intrudes, but for some reason I like it as an element of the photo.
ISO 400, focal length 200mm, tripod mounted.
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gringofil (0) 2004-05-17 9:39
No worries about the bottle of water, it's a very nice and important addition to this image. I like the overall blue tones as they fit the preparation at hand here. Anyway, this is excellent work. Nothing to nit pick or change as I see it. Well done.
manny (21833) 2004-05-17 10:04
I like the water bottle too. It adds drama to this picture as it keeps the anonymity of the other person. I tried covering the water bottle and the shot is less appealing. I think I have to bring some water bottle next time.:)
(BTW, backstage scenes are sometimes better than on-stage ones.)
omritoppol (826) 2004-05-17 10:17
I like the blue tone of this shot, and the way we can only see the hand that puts the makeup. I think the bottle is working OK here, especially because is not in the DOF, and its location.
Burnham (2428) 2004-05-17 10:20
Funny the first thing I thought was (prior to reading your note) "I know I should comment on that bottle, but it works, doesn't it?" and you are right it's a good thing it's there - Who's ever seen a waterbottle working as a makeup artist anyway? :o)
pridel (233) 2004-05-17 11:00
Une atmosphère très délicate se dégage de ce portrait, la tonalité bleue est bien venue. J'aime beaucoup. Moi j'aurais enlever la bouteille d'eau ;o)
eleparc (24063) 2004-05-17 19:42
i first wondered about the water bottle but in fact it adds something to the composition... i can easily imagine a dancer wanting to drink before and between his own performances... to rehydrate.. so the bottle has its place here. i like the blue mood here, it complements the overall serene atmosphere of the shot!
Luko (13998) 2004-05-18 2:53
Great tones Darren, I really like this one, the blurred bottle is the Photographer's touch i was talking about in the old man's portrait, it gives some context, an overall balance bit also a certain artistic "twist". This is why I think this one is far superior hands down....
there's a BUT however, (as in most of my comments ...sorry ...can't help...). her eyes atre a bit too centred in the frame and ther's a blurred thingy protruding from the top left corner I don't understand nor like.
Have a look at my WS, pls.
Chinese operas : the better part is the make up, you didn't miss anything ;)
kourosh (2375) 2004-05-18 11:56
this is a great catch. i like the way the whole picture looks blue. but the bottle is a negative point in my view. it doesnt belong to the image.
- Copyright: Darren Melrose (Darren) (6823)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-05-11
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Pentax *ist D, Sigma 70-200 f2.8EX
- Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Chinese opera [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-05-17 9:20