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Festival Spirit
Festival Spirit
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Challenge: Best of 2009 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Nikon
Location: Manila, Philippines
Date: Apr 24, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1-200 sec
Galleries: Travel, History
Date Uploaded: Jan 18, 2010

This is the Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City and this photo was taken during the Aliwan Festival held in Manila Philippines.

And about the Aliwan Festival here is an article:

The biggest festival in Manila is set as the 7th edition of the Aliwan Festival 2009 is around the corner and will be celebrated this coming April 23 to 25, 2009 with lots of fun and excitement. The Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) is now on high gear as they prepare the 7th edition of the Aliwan Fiesta 2009. There are lots of activities that are lines up in this year Aliwan Festival 2009. It will feature street dance competitions, float design and the Festival Queen (Reyna ng Aliwan) where these events are the highlights of the celebration.

The three day celebration of the Aliwan Festival 2009 will attract local and foreign visitors because they will see Filipino craftsmanship and ingenuity. Aliwan Festival is a festival that merge all the popular festivals in the Philippines in one single event. Different Regions and Provinces around the country will display products, craftsmanship, culture and show their most innovative ideas.

In the 7th Edition of the Aliwan Festival 2009, there are more than 3,000 dancers, musicians, craftsmen, and even acrobats that will compete in this celebration for streetdancing, float design, and the search for Reyna ng Aliwan in their colorful costume and beautiful smile.
Courtesy of www.etravelpilipinas.com

Statistics
Place: 18 out of 445
Avg (all users): 6.7683
Avg (commenters): 8.0571
Avg (participants): 6.7225
Avg (non-participants): 6.9273
Views since voting: 2929
Views during voting: 446
Votes: 246
Comments: 48
Favorites: 8 (view)


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02/08/2010 11:42:01 PM
Congrats on your 09 Best of Show Juried REd! Very National Geographicesque.
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02/07/2010 02:13:50 PM
sir, congrats! astig!
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02/07/2010 01:14:02 PM
Congrats on the juried award! Well deserved -this image jumps!
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02/07/2010 12:12:52 PM
Congratulations on your 2009 Best of Show juried red - this image really is so vibrant and dynamic - you can almost hear the music.
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01/30/2010 04:09:12 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

My first impression of this image was a big WOW! It immediately brought back memories of the Pueblo summer solstice ceremonies in Chaco Canyon. The bright colors and action, along with that excellent expression and blue eyes just grabs my attention.

Really nice composition, you have the major attention point directly on a rule-of-thirds line intersection, and you have managed to create an interesting leading line from the group of people trailing off to the upper right corner.

Your subject matter couldn't be more interesting (to me). I just love the action and vibrancy of these people, it looks for all the world as if they were truly having the time of their lives.

I love the focus here, super sharp on the foreground face, and wonderfully soft everywhere else.. Really, really good way to do this... Noise is almost non-existent, and the low key exposure is really appealing here (I do like low key, so I'm probably slightly biased)..

You have created an excellent image, and it certainly deserves to have finished as well, if not better, than it did. You hear quite a few people talking about this mysterious thing called impact... Well, this image has it.

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01/29/2010 11:39:22 AM
Great image, thanks for the additional information.
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01/29/2010 09:09:01 AM
Oh man! How cool is THAT!! Wow! And CONGRATULATIONS!
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01/29/2010 08:12:56 AM
Thank to everyone who voted and commented on my photo.
01/29/2010 03:58:56 AM
This is a great image - you did well but should have placed higher IMO!
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01/29/2010 03:56:25 AM
Simply stunning! It feels like you are there. I thought this would ribbon, but congrat's on top 20!
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01/29/2010 01:01:58 AM
WOW !! Dennis , I so love this shot!! Congrats on a great finish
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01/29/2010 12:43:05 AM
Congrats on a great pic Matthew. Good to see you coming out tops. Nice Challenge within trhe challenge :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2010 11:22:25 PM
What a wonderful image... wish I was there to experience this, but your photo does a great job of taking me there. The detail, the colour... superb. Love the use of the vignette and DOF... brings the focus on the dude up front, but leaves enough of the others to help tell the story. Excellent job.
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01/28/2010 11:02:39 PM
What an interesting moment. His face and expression are so striking. The colors in this are beautiful.
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01/28/2010 10:09:28 PM
Amazing capture, very "Nat Geo". Love the colors and emotion.
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01/28/2010 08:57:30 PM
So much energy in this shot... just awesome.
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01/28/2010 07:38:17 PM
That's intense. Wonderful raw energy. The blur works well here also.
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01/28/2010 03:50:58 PM
Wonderful and vibrant shot.
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01/28/2010 10:45:50 AM
So fierce! Seems as if he is emerging from the darkness. Like an image from a dream. A case where heavy color saturation works.
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01/27/2010 10:39:53 PM
Excellent IMO
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01/27/2010 09:10:32 PM
You nailed this. Not only is the composition outstanding, but you've captured the moment perfectly. Just the right shutter speed to capture the fast motion of the feathers, while keeping the face sharp. Your processing is beautifully done as well. One of my top picks of the challenge.
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01/27/2010 01:40:33 PM
The spirit captured very well and background really good. Love the motion blur in feathers on shoulders of this guy and thise eyes and mouth looks like a war cry. Good shot
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01/27/2010 10:36:17 AM
excellent job here - the energy captured is fantastic
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01/27/2010 03:40:24 AM
so vibrant and it really looks great a lot of energy it expells
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01/26/2010 10:35:43 PM
Love the processing !!! wonderful shot !! 9
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01/26/2010 07:48:58 PM
what an opportunity to be able to photograph this group...excellent job. Your focus is spot on and your background adds quite a bit for me...very, very well done
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01/26/2010 02:52:33 PM
thats excellent, look at his eyes. 8
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01/26/2010 02:11:05 AM
This truly captures the spirit of these people. Can't wait to find out what this is of! 8
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01/26/2010 12:33:10 AM
Superb! Lots of action, bright color and great vignetting here.
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01/25/2010 10:00:17 AM
fantastic capture ... I love everything about this ...
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01/25/2010 09:52:52 AM
wounderful capture
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01/25/2010 09:42:14 AM
nice and punchy...great teeth :) 7
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01/24/2010 11:18:12 PM
Wonderful tribal colors. Excellent capture.
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01/24/2010 09:07:54 PM
I like deep and rich tones...and this is just loaded with them. Really great comp and DoF to really capture the great subject matter!
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01/24/2010 07:45:04 PM
WOW, this is vibrant and very appealing.
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01/24/2010 10:41:44 AM
This is the best of the bunch, outstanding!
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01/24/2010 07:43:22 AM
The subject, the surroundings, and your PP make this a true delight. A magnificent capture, too. Very well done!......9
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01/23/2010 09:25:21 PM
I see that you've caught me in a PMS moment...either that or, when I run out of Diet Pepsi! LOL Actually, the crop, the DOF, the colors....everything works so well together to make it an "in your face" photo that grabs attention.
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01/23/2010 09:10:41 PM
Wow - that's a lot of teeth. Crazy good capture.
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01/23/2010 07:44:16 PM
How fun!! Wonderful capture!!
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01/23/2010 04:13:22 PM
Good dof. Isolated his face nicely. Good emotional capture.
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01/23/2010 02:59:36 PM
Vignette is a bit too much for my tastes. Love the colours.
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01/23/2010 10:18:46 AM
You have certainly captured the spirit of the festival with this shot. Well done!
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01/23/2010 06:37:18 AM
"Festival Spirit"...it certainly is!!
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01/23/2010 12:55:37 AM
Great great capture!
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01/22/2010 09:27:59 PM
Excellent job. The colors are so vibrant. I like the way the rest of the people fade off into the background.
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01/22/2010 12:27:05 PM
First that guy has great/perfect teeth. Second the colors, action and focus of this shot is just fantastic. You were in the right spot for a fantastic shot. Really wonderful work.
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01/22/2010 11:04:21 AM
Love the colors of the costumes and the expression of the man you captured in the forground. Open mouth in mid battle cry/whoop such that I can almost hear the noise and spectacle. Great detail and well composed. Not only is my eye captured by the man in festival garb in front but I can see the procession of other like dressed festival goers in the background. I would be curious to learn the details as to what and where this festival took place after the challenge rollsover.
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