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  #167 Resolutions, 2016
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Learn to Bellydance       ©2016 QueenEsther
Nikon D3200       17th place, 42 points
1/3s, f5, ISO 3200, 51mm, Unknown, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Crop, darken shadows, USM, de-noise, detail blurring       Extra Info: I've always loved watching the ancient art of belly-dancing. The graceful movements, glittery costumes, and swirling veils, are beautiful and mesmerizing. It's also a very good workout for the abs and upper body, which is why I chose to focus my photo on this area (cropping out the face and legs). This is something many women (and a few men) would love to master for fitness goals and for fun!
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Feb 2, 2016
    QueenEsther - oddly enough my wife and I were trying our "hand" at core strengthening by trying belly dancing two weekends ago. Check out this instructional video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_3INiPqRlc .
She (Ibtissam) has a full-length instructional video called Belly Dancing. It was distributed by a company called Allegro. We got it through Netflix.

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Feb 1, 2016
    Interesting resolution and good photo. I hope you get to do it.

Feb 1, 2016
    I'd like to see it in colour which is one of the many things that attracted me to this form of dance. I'd also suggest more movement blur to represent the dance better. The ones I saw in the Sahara were wearing real gold trinkets and I kept hoping that one would break off and fly into my pocket :-) Good memories. Good luck with your resolution.

Feb 1, 2016
    I like the crop, and the sense of motion achieved by the angled tassels and the blurred veil. Great choice to use B&W, It seems to enhance the glitter.

Feb 1, 2016
    Judging from the apparent photographic resolution, it seems this one may have been cropped too much or sharpened too much (to the point of pixelation). It still has an appeal that I just can't quite put my finger on. Perhaps it will come to me when I review the photos again before I vote.
Edited on Feb 1, 2016

Jan 31, 2016
    Black and white emphasises the glint from the sparkles and the smoothness of her skin. nicely done.

Jan 31, 2016
    Nicely taken, feel it was a mistake without the head though. Cutting off body parts I think works better if you get closer focusing in on a specific part.

Jan 31, 2016
    Like the use of mono in your entry. I'm sure learning this is a lot harder than it looks.

Jan 31, 2016
    i would have preferred a colour treatment as belly dancing is about colour and light .

Jan 30, 2016
    This is a lovely, nicely composed image. I think cropping as you did was the right thing to do.

Jan 29, 2016
    Illustrates the resolution nicely. Cropping some off the bottom and left both would improve the composition and place even more emphasis where you wanted it.

Jan 29, 2016
    good composure. Too sharpened other artifacts of PP. Because the subject and arrangement well done, think that would have carried the shot without all the PP

Anthony Comyn
Jan 28, 2016
    I recently took some photos of the belly dancers in the desert, and I can tell you that it is difficult to get get good photos because of the low light. It appears you were having the same problem... at 3200 ISO and 1/3 Sec exposure this was a difficult task in this light... And it shows, although I can see you got some details sharp enough, I can see the smoothing the de-noise done to the image... You composition is relatively good though.
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