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Apsara Dancers III

Apsara Dancers III
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Copyright: Chris Jules (chrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-01
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Pentax Me Super, Pentax 28mm f:2,8, Fuji 100
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-03 4:11
Viewed: 2852
Points: 37
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not as good as some of Rew's superb studio shots, but I thought this was okay for a quick grab shot, at an indoors restaurant, using direct flash. Lighting was extremely low & it was difficult to focus & shoot in the dark. I haven't touched saturation here, except in the ceremonial headwear. The backdrop at left is a mockup of the traditional Angkor Wat style of window. It's difficult to imagine that professional dancers like this, were rounded up & executed, during the murderous Pol Pot years of 1975-79. Their crime? They were considered "too bourgeoisie".

Vietnam invaded Cambodia in 1979, ending the carnage, after many of its expat citizens, too, were murdered by the Khmer Rouge (Red Army). China strongly disapproved, & subsequently had a bloody, 2 week war with Vietnam to teach it a lesson. Apsara Dancing & many other forms of cultural expression went underground & slowly re-emerged again after 1979. It dates back many centuries in Cambodia, & there are carvings of the dancers on the Angkor Wat temples, nearby.

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Ciao Chris

I like the symmetry in the composition!
Sharp fine details and pleasant tones of gold.
Exotic dancers and beautiful ornaments in your body!
Nice composition too good presentation.

Best regards,


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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-03-03 4:19]

Hi Chris...
Nice composition and moment...
Nice presentation...

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-03-03 4:22]

Hi Chris,
A good POV to present to us these folk dancers in their traditional costumes!
I like the blurred companion of the dancer!
Nice body poses and good management in light, a bit harsh due to flash but well controlled!Good PP work.
Very nice costume to admire.
TFS and regards,

Francis Xavier

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2010-03-03 4:32]

I like the golden tones and the echoed compo !


now this is different Chris and i realy lkie it you have got the lighting good here wich brings out nice details in the shot nice to see something differnt
tfs bryan

nice golden compo.

Hi Chris,

Good shot of the beautiful dancers, and interesting note. I like this type of photography, rising to the occasion and making the best of what is available. Just curious, do you use manual focus?


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-03-03 6:35]


Merveilleuse iamge, quelc aptage de cette danseuse, le mouvement de mains, ces tons dorés sur son costume, mangigique.

bravo et amitié


As the name of the dance describes, "Apsara" in Sanskrit language stands for a young and beautiful girl who also adore great art of dancing and your capture defines its so well, Chris!

Wonderful work with perfect sharpness and from a very well chosen POV. The dark BG gives nice contrast to these beautiful 'Apsaras'. Greatly composed work!

best regards,

Hello Chris,
Beautiful models, warm tones and details. In some areas there are OE parts. Anyway nice shot
Selahattin E

Ciao Chris, splendid portrait of wonderful danceur in nice pose, great light and fantastic colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Chris,

Beautiful dancer, nice lighting, very good work.
Congratulations and TFS

Bonjour Cgris.
J'ai toujours plaisir a voir ces danseuses asiatiques. Il ne manque que la musique pour ce mettre dans l'ambiance. Superbe et merci du partage.
Bonne journée.

Hi Chris,
Very nice dancer with good moment my moment.TFS.


merhaba dear chris
excellent picture and composition.wonderful details.well done.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Hello Chris,

It's not so bad photo.
Lovely composition.
Excellent POV, sharpness and nice colors.

Best regards,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2010-03-04 3:26]

Hi Chris,
a magnificent picture.
And especially your POV is one special.
An exceptional capture, congratulations.
Have a quiet day,

Very good snapshot. Beautiful captured details on their clothes.

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2010-03-07 14:19]

Hi Chris, Good angle to show the dancers hands/fingers curled back which is so much a part of this sort of dancing as in Thailand too. Good clarity and the golden silk dresses look very good indeed. TFS. Murray.

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2010-03-15 12:16]

Hello Chris,
Warm tones and colours and beautiful moment ,symetry of the dncer composition. I like the gold colours and the traditionel costumes.An excellent picture succeeded to you.
Best regards.

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