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  #29 Tradition
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Bharatanatyam Dancers       ©2007 SteveBee
Panasonic DMC-FZ50       3rd place, 191 points
1/40s, f3.2, ISO 400, 66mm, Normal Program, Pattern, flash
Post-Processing: Crop, sharpen       Extra Info: These young women have just finished performing a traditional Bharatanatyam dance at an India Day festival. Their beautiful costumes and obvious pride in their cultural traditions are the subject here.
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Feb 13, 2007
    Congratulations for your placement! Carlo

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Feb 12, 2007
    What i really like the most of this photo is the 'cultural contrast' between the traditional dresses and the plastic bottle of mineral water in the girl's hand. Very nice portrait of these dancers,nice colors and beautiful girls, in my TT!

Feb 12, 2007
    Nice shot for the theme. Vibrant colours, and caught the enthusiasm of the girls

Feb 11, 2007
    This really says 'tradition' to me. It's too bad you couldn't have captured the dance, rather than a backstage snap with water bottle, etc. The skin tones seem a little off to me, though it might just be the dancers' theatrical makeup.

Feb 11, 2007
    This is the best picture to me ......Its colorfull and traditional, its got a feel of happiness and the watter bottle in the hand of the green dressed girl just brought it into our times...... I love it.

Feb 10, 2007
    These young ladies certainly represent their country with traditional costumes but the colors seem to lack punch and are rather muted. It certainly would add to the image if all the young ladies were looking at the camera. Good luck.

Feb 10, 2007
    Skin tones are a little off but I still find this a very charming shot. I love the colors and it really fits the tradition category.

Feb 10, 2007
    The pose and framing don't work well, but the costumes, color and crispness of the faces work perfectly. TT

Feb 10, 2007
    Beautiful young ladies. This photo looks pretty good. The gal on the far left has her hand out of the frame. Probably just something overlooked as it's often difficult to get 'everything' right when getting the shot. Unless shooting studio it's helpful to go wider than normal in situations like this. Cropping can always be done if needed. Better to have too much and pare away than wishing there was more which can't be put back.

Do you have any shots of them performing? I like this shot and understand the theme in it but a dance scene would speak to theme stronger for me.

This is well shot. Excellent color and clarity. Can't see catch-light in all of their eyes. Is it there in the larger size? Could always add that, or increase the strength, for an important improvement.

Feb 10, 2007
    Beautifull clotches, real tradition !

Feb 10, 2007
    Lovely traditional picture, some color adjustment would make this good pic even better. Tuning down the strong colored background maybe? In my TT

Feb 9, 2007
    Beautiful girls with lovely customs!!! A wonderful representation for tradition. A shap capture with these vivid colors is so appealing.The only thing that seems out of place is the modern tradition of water bottles. :-)Otherwise this photo could never be dated. Really nice~! In my TT!!

Feb 9, 2007
    This is traditional. Looks like a fun time was had by all. The clarity and focus is superb! Nice job.

Feb 9, 2007
    This was in my top five until I saw the water bottle. Otherwise, this is a great picture.

Old Finn
Feb 9, 2007
    That`s a really beautiful pic. Sharp, good lighting,beautiful colours.

Feb 9, 2007
    Very nice. I find the water bottle very distracting, though.

Feb 8, 2007
    Nice colours & great costumes, the girls really do look as if they have just worked hard at a dance. The flash isn't overpowering but is perhaps a bit strong. Good Luck
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