Pictured here is a shot taken at the World Street Performers final which is an annual event held in Dublin since 2010.
Every summer, Merrion Square in the heart of the city is closed to traffic and the huge green Georgian park and its surrounding streets are turned into a carnival as the greatest performers from around the world compete for the title. Jugglers, sword swallowers, acrobats and comedians all vie for the coveted title.
This girl was part of a comedy / daring act who along with her colleague amused the crowds with tumbling, jumping, juggling and an impressive display of fire skills. I caught her here just as she had thrown her baton in the air as it was blazing away.
A brilliant festival, family oriented and completely free of charge, always worth a visit if you are in the city on the right weekend.
Thanks for looking!
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photographer_sg (2989) 2014-02-28 11:10
Spectacular shot at the perfect moment. The posture of the girl conveys a nice feel of movement and her vivid presence in the foreground along with the flaming baton has great visual impact. Lovely framing that includes only the essentials. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
photoray (10209) 2014-02-28 11:20
I wonder what is more dangerous, the fire baton or the attractive blonde?
Excellent stop-action scene with the performer in good resolution, the onlooking crowd, and the fire bursts.
ktanska (24144) 2014-02-28 11:36
Great balls of fire! I don't think I have ever seen a still shot with such solid looking flames. I guess it's beause that stick is revolving the flames spread evenly to each direction. Excellent timing and her posture is quite dynamic. Focus seems to be in the back though.
mesutilgim (80100) 2014-02-28 11:55
Hello dear Noel,
Very nice capture of this female fire artist ! A topclass competitor for male file dancers :-)
The pink socks adds a unique taste to yout capture. Interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
williamcoombs1 (363) 2014-02-28 12:04
You've captured a flamboyant moment! That's worth everything! Well done!
Silvio1953 (115987) 2014-02-28 12:20
Ciao Noel, fantastic action shoot with lovely girl, nice scene, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-02-28 13:12
there is a lot of dynamism, color and fun in this photo and it draws an attention even in the miniature. Very well captured moment and nicely composed close up. The girl with the fire is the main object but there are also all the onlookers, whose faces one can study one by one. Nice colors and good framing.
Thanks for sharing
carlo62 (27728) 2014-02-28 14:46
bel colpo, dinamico, colorato e di effetto, la messa a fuoco non è perfetta, ma comprensibile, visto il movimento.
Royaldevon (26629) 2014-02-28 15:00
These festivals are a great way of attracting tourists and lift the spirit of the local people enormously.
My negative critique is that it is so large, I cannot see the whole shot at one go and am having to scroll up and down the screen which isn't as satisfying as viewing the whole at one go. On the plus side, it is full of life, of colour, of fireball danger and the atmosphere is captured nicely by the girl's posture.
Have a great w/e,
bona (12237) 2014-02-28 15:55
great capture. You freeze very well the scene of the lady with the fire ball! It seems shw was making magic with fire. Nice colors too.
delpeoples (52525) 2014-02-28 17:40
Big smile here. As a child of the 80s, my heart still warms at the sight of a pair of pink leg warmers and my Inner Olivia Newton-John goes all Xanadu. In fact, if this lady gained about 50 kilos, a wheat-juice gut and dyed her hair, this could be me :) I love the bright colours, the excellent control of the shutter speed to freeze the action so sharply and of course the way you captured the looks on the faces of the spectators. The visual effect of the fire is the icing on the cake. Have a great weekend, thanks for sharing.
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-02-28 18:11
This is just amazing, Noel - a perfect split second capture and you have a portrait of a fireball! I've tried to get shots like this before but none have ever come out this perfectly; really impressive work!
omid266 (3278) 2014-02-28 20:08
** Dear friend , Noel,
Thanks for sharing this image from this Festival in
Dublin, very nice shown , Nice information,
nice people watching ,
** Best wishes ,
jjcordier (73326) 2014-02-28 23:01
C'est ce qui s'appelle "jouer avec le feu"....avec sa tenue vestimentaire affriolante aussi!Belle capture!
emka (73365) 2014-02-28 23:24
Hi Noel, such a street performers festival are such a fantastic opportunities for photographers. We saw many photos from Edinburgh, and you have it in Dublin. Excellent shot of this girl juggling with fire. And her pink stocking jump in to the eyes. Splendid report shot of interesting event.
Have a nice weekend MAlgo
jemaflor (80774) 2014-02-28 23:52
Impressive shot well captured, well presented in a big format, good dynamic effect, nice light and colors.
timecapturer (45265) 2014-03-01 3:02
superbly executed shot this. Full of the atmosphere of this spectacle and a real sense of her performance too. It works perfectly and I applaud your technique too! I love the way we can gauge the fascination of the onlookers, not an easy thing to capture but this is so effective. Amazing imagery!
Have a great weekend - B.
Thanks for your comments on my recent postings - always appreciated. B.
mirosu (12558) 2014-03-01 3:06
A bit out of your standard photo subjects, but anyhow excellent colourful street snapshot. I like the well saturated, would say vibrant colors and the vertical arrangement showing the performing lady in full size, The viewer faces in background add nice atmosphere to this excellent photo.
Very well done
Wish you a very nice weekend.
CLODO (28938) 2014-03-01 3:15
very interesting street scene by the girl dress and what she is doing, but the sharpness is on the persons in the backgroung looking at her and there is a queer pixelisation on her (maybe you attempted to try to sharpen her in post processing) and it is more evident because your picture is large.
Taken at the peak moment whn she is playing with the ball of fire
Have a nice WE
abmdsudi (39660) 2014-03-01 7:31
A well-timed shot besides being colourful needless to say she steals the show and a real performer. To me the look on her determined body lingo says that her heart and soul are in it and the contrast is effectively stronger lots more punch to counterpoint the background. This is hugely enjoyable and most entertaining to view, sincerely her feet need bit of room space i am afraid. Nevertheless you've captured the diversity, Congrats.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-03-01 9:07
This is a fantastic action shot. The girl and the balls of fire present exciting dynamism to the scene. I like the fact that you have maintained sharp focus on the spectators, their different facial expressions gives us a lot to enjoy. The bright pink on the girl's dress makes this shot more eye-catching. Fabulous shot with vibrant colours all over the frame. Very interesting scene captured at the right time. Thanks for sharing.
krzychu30 (15332) 2014-03-01 9:19
Superb capture and really amazing model!
Colorful,vibrant and having so good energy shot!
I can imagine the girl with her fire baton wasn´t the easiest "subject" to immortalize:),but you did really good job here.
Have a nice weekend
Romano46 (16578) 2014-03-01 10:54
una scena colta al volo e però nello stesso tempo inquadrata molto bene e composta in maniera altrettanto ottima.
Hai fermato la scena con un tempismno perfetto così da poter contrapporre alla figura femminile i due globi colorati che completano efficacemente la fotografia.
Ciao e buona domenica
macjake (52202) 2014-03-01 11:47
what...? No Castle? Perhaps there's a castle behind her?
very cool photo, and I know Clodo made a good point about the people in the bg and the pixalation so i won't repeat that.
its not only the fire that caught my attention, thos pink leg stockings make a big impact too!
but of course that fire IS pretty damn cool! fine shot.
tyro (18624) 2014-03-01 12:05
Gosh, isn't it such great fun to go to one of these events with your camera and take lots of shots of these street performers? And, of course, in these days when everyone gets spooked by a bloke with a camera in a street or public place, these entertainers, to my mind at least, are "showing off" anyway and are fair game for any photographer.
I know that others have commented on slight lack of sharpness in the girl herself and perhaps more sharpness in the background crowd than one would wish, but the fact of the matter is that this picture has bucketloads of impact and appeal, bright colours and lots of action so I think it can certainly get away with any minor technical imperfections.
I love it!
jcpix (11478) 2014-03-01 17:45
Yowza', that's hot...and I don't mean the florescent leg warmers! Wow, haven't seen those in a couple of decades now...just goes to show you never know what's going to pop up on the streets, festival or otherwise.
This is some kind of action shot alright, my word...you've captured the perfect moment of flame and style. The fiery baton is certainly the scene stealer, but I'm rather amused with the expression of the young girl sitting on her fathers shoulders at the back of the crowd..."Is this for real??" :) She's having that "deer in the headlights" moment. lol
Zebra pants lady in the crowd is also an amusing element, there's a little something for everyone to enjoy here, yeah? An all 'round dynamic capture, the spontaneous and exciting atmosphere is strongly conveyed with the bursts of color and human intrigue. Play with fire and you're bound to get burned,they say...you think that's all of her original skin?? Smells like burnt flesh around here....why do I hear the sounds of bacon in a frying pan?? :o
Really cool shot...so to speak. :) Have a good one. Take it easy.
Cheers from the drenched desert,
kim_gwan (416) 2014-03-02 5:56
How's your weekend? :-)
Oh WOW, my Jaw dropped !!!
You captured it at the perfect moment of her action playing naughtily with the flame! Its a real eye-opener for me as we do not get this street performance often, only once a year and not to this extent!!
Are you audiences suppose to tip her after her performance or there isnt an obligation? !
I think i will put Ireland and Dublin on my backpack itinerary!!
Thanks for sharing
ourania (26488) 2014-03-02 6:36
a great opportunity for entertainment and photos, I'm sure you enjoyed it and it's great how you introduce us to the event with a very attractive, colourful and vibrant photo. I like very much the intensity and contrast of the bright colours, the performer stands out against an interesting background that enhances the interest and excitement of the scene. I like the series of diagonals that accentuate the dynamism of the movement, the balls of fire are a mesmerizing sight. Lovely summer light and atmosphere, nice mood and smiles in the background. I particularly like the expression of the little boy standing out at the top of the frame. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
PS The idea of something (or someone:) looking back from behind the reflections is amazing!:)
eldancer1 (25220) 2014-03-02 7:45
Great timing and capture of this street performer. I really hand it to those people who can perform those tricks, I'll watch and take pictures. I like the reaction of some of the people in the crowd. Good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
mkamionka (29259) 2014-03-03 8:37
fantastic street scene. I have been frequently on Merrion Square as it was on my way from work to home. I like how you have well captured the fire together with the girl, Plus also the people make a wonderful background. Nice vivid colors. Excellent reportage,
Fis2 (81990) 2014-03-04 13:31
The beautiful girl llayed with fire!
Good frame and colors.
Curious reportage shot.
serp2000 (37963) 2014-03-07 1:23
I think you've made a few photos of this event and this is the best example. Expressive moment, good exposure, the pink and orange colors make this composition.
ciakgiak (30405) 2014-03-09 8:30
excellent street photo, perfect capture with great colors!!!
A dear hug
Miguel82 (20342) 2014-03-23 20:37
It's indeed not good to play with fire if you're not born for that Noel! The public is obsreving the performer with respect and attention, a brillant portrait, perfect sharpness, regards
mjw364 (6998) 2014-04-04 2:25
Loving the freezing of the action in this spectacular image but love the vivid pink leg warmers even more! Thank God times have changed!
COSTANTINO (51403) 2014-06-02 5:18
Hello dear friend
incredible capture of this female fire artist
great spectacle great work
how did you do it?greetings
its is a fantastic action shot
presenting a pleasant and difficult
right iming and lucky photographer
have a nice new week
aliabazari (11747) 2014-08-24 22:25
Hi Noel dear
Nice portrait of a young girl in the show. Good shot of everyday life and people, I love it. Well performed. Thanks for sharing