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

It took me quite a while to decide whether I post this picture. The reason is nothing else but the very evident motion blur/effect in this close-up shot of a Legong dancer. But then motion blur is a part of capturing dance scenes with dancers performing rapid movements, isn’t it? So after a lot of deliberation, I’ve decided to go ahead with posting this photo.

The dancer was performing the highly stylized Legong Kraton which enacts a drama of a most purified and abstract kind. The story is performed ' by three dancers: the condong, a female attendant of the court, and two identically dressed legongs (dancers), who adopt the roles of royal persons. I liked the expression in her eyes in this freeze-frame.

Gorgeous costumes of the dancers and an array of eye, shoulder, hand, head, hip, and foot movements dazzled us. No part of the costume or the dancer is wasted.

Flowers jiggle...Balls swing....
Materials sway....Eyes dart....
Fingers part.....And the feet arch and curl.


In a WS, I have desaturated the picture (in Picassa) just as a variation & posted the B&W version. I personally like the colours here which made me post the original version as the main post.

Although I liked this effect (motion blur), I am not sure whether it will appeal to you. If not, please do say so!

Any comments whether negative or positive would be highly appreciated.

Focal Length : 296 mm
ISO 200

Footnote: I was surprised to find about a film called "Legong: Dance of the Virgins". It was one of the last feature films shot using the two-strip Technicolor process in 1935. An American exploitation film (of a type often referred to as a "goona-goona epic"), it was produced and directed by Henry de la Falaise for his wife Constance Bennett's Bennett Pictures Corp., and was filmed entirely on location in Bali in 1933 using an all Balinese cast.

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