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Tang Dynasty Dancers of Xi'an
Tang Dynasty Dancers of Xi'an
Dr.Confuser


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Xi'an China
Date: Jan 2, 2006
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Performance, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Jan 2, 2006

Photographer’s Notes

I shot around 6,000 pictures in 2005. That’s a lot for me, but not so many compared to the DPC crowd. I was able to narrow them down to 20 and then 5. I gave each my best Photoshop shot and got my wife to react to them. We both ranked the same photo as 5th. In the end, I had 4 that I was equally happy with, proud of as my best for the year. In the end, I picked the one I felt would score best here. This is going to be a huge challenge with a ton of fine photos by great photographers. It will take something dramatic to stand out, I think. Maybe this is dramatic enough.

This photo was taken in October in Xi’an China at a Tang Dynasty Cultural Show. It was hand held, with the lens wide open and at maximum ISO. It’s has more grain than I’d like but maybe not enough to hurt the photo. I couldn’t stop the movement of the dancers any other way. VR lens helped, too.

Post Processing

Color Correction (Curves)
Cloned Out a Couple Distractions
Dodged Shadows on Girl’s Face
Noise Reduction (Neat Image)
Sharpen (Lab Color Method)
Brightness/Contrast
Crop
Resize
Sharpen (Lab Color Method)
Save for Web


Camera Data

Nikon D70
2005/10/12 05:32:16.1
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: VR 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 95mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/250 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 1600
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Image Comment:
Long Exposure NR: Off

Statistics
Place: 327 out of 833
Avg (all users): 5.8505
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.7686
Avg (non-participants): 6.2179
Views since voting: 1058
Views during voting: 655
Votes: 428
Comments: 19
Favorites: 0


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2006 04:46:22 PM
Too bad the other guy's face is obscured. But nice!
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01/28/2006 03:48:05 AM
Great shot! Well done. 9.
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01/28/2006 01:05:31 AM
From the thumbnail, I was looking forward to seeing this in full size. Very dramatic, but I'm a little disappointed that the male dancers' feet are cut off. Ah well, them's the breaks.
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01/27/2006 04:42:27 AM
Very colourful and vibrant, totally coincides with this kind of spectacular performance. Nicely captured and would make for a good billboard poster outside the theatre. Pity it looks pixel-y... like it was overly-sharpened or something.
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01/26/2006 11:16:21 PM
Nice job for what looks like a difficult lihgting situation. With the light colored smoke in the background you could have easily lost the detail. I like the intensity in the face of the dancer holding up the female.
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01/26/2006 02:00:32 PM
Love the colours and i like the capture here. I can see the potential for using the rule of thirds a little more in the cropping.
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01/26/2006 12:26:28 PM
pro quality, great color. great light, blacks good, whites need tweeking, nice dof, great comp, overall a great pix
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01/26/2006 07:52:09 AM
pretty
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01/26/2006 07:10:36 AM
Very dramatic, very colorful, and very very good.....
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01/21/2006 06:39:22 PM
Like the vibrant oranges, looks like smoke in the background. Nice action capture.
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01/20/2006 10:29:38 PM
great color and clarity...7
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01/20/2006 05:11:59 PM
A pretty cool and colorful shot.. I can imagine it's difficult shooting stage performances.
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01/20/2006 03:39:21 PM
I like the high energy and vibrant colour
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01/20/2006 10:46:23 AM
10 from me...good luck!
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01/20/2006 01:39:55 AM
Wonderful colour and atmosphere in this image
Well taken
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01/19/2006 09:03:59 PM
Nice colors, but a little blurry. Good job though.
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01/19/2006 04:54:06 PM
9
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01/17/2006 11:44:22 PM
Excellent work, the timing and lights look prefect.
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01/17/2006 06:48:49 PM
Really nice shot, great drama and impact.
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