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Legong Dance performance in the courtyard of Ancak Saji Ubud Palace built in the 16th century.

At first Legong, like other dances at the time, allowed only male dancers. Many decades later, female dancers started to take part, bringing legong dance to the new height up to this day.

Up to now, at least eighteen forms of legong have been recorded, some of them successfully revived only recently, while the others are quite popular that almost in par with kebyar dance. Forms of legong are lasem, kupu-kupu tarum, jobog, kuntul, legod bawa, smaradhana, andir, condong, etc.

Some villages in Central and Southern Bali are considered home of the legong. They are, Peliatan, Ubud, Saba, Bedulu, Sukawati in Gianyar area, Binoh in Badung area, Kerambitan in Tabanan area, among others. These villages posses long legong traditions, and most of them still have high quality legong troupes today.

About this shot

I tried to take a closeup of one of the Legong dancers (focal length used 296 mm)....not very easy with my camera given her continuous & fluid movements. So there is some motion blur, especially in the hand, due to the longish exposure.

Focal Length : 296 mm
ISO 200

I tried my hand in experimenting with PP on this photo. Honestly I consider myself pretty poor in PP skills & also I do not get adequate time for doing it. But I took inspiration from the works of fellow Trekkers, Sabyasachi & Alana (Emely) & tried to give this picture a different feel. Here’s the result.... Your critiques, even harsh ones, workshops, ideas for betterment are most welcome.

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