7th month opera

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UploadedNovember 16, 2008
TakenAugust 13, 2008
ModelFinePix S5Pro
Exposure1/160 sec at f/11
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Focal Length300 mm
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This Chinese opera actress is supposed to look frightened. But she makes a scary sight as well, so I thought maybe she goes well in the Frightmare challenge.

On the first anniversary of my journey with digital phtography, I thought I'd share my 10 best images taken from the past year. This is the only image not previously uploaded.


August 2008 is the Chinese 7th month, the Festival of the Hungry Ghost, when the gates of hell are supposed to be open for the spirits to roam the earth.

During this month, Chinese opera as well as modern ‘song and dance” variety shows are staged to entertain both the living and the dead. But while the variety shows, called getai (meaning song stage) might attract hundreds or thousands of viewers, traditional operas are often sleepy affairs with only a handful of old folks watching.

There was an opera near my house tonight, 12 August, and I went down with my camera. It was a sleepy, lack lustre show indeed. The actresses weren’t pretty, the actors weren’t handsome or macho.

I was feeling bored when suddenly there came one dramatic scene where this person’s head was supposed to be chopped off!

I took three successive shots. This was the most dramatic.

In the Top 10 out of 15,000 photo essay.

8 responses

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (16 Nov 2008):

    WOW shot!

  • Tammy Espino

    Tammy Espino gave props (16 Nov 2008):

    What a fantastic expression and emotion captured!

  • Hector Ortiz

    Hector Ortiz gave props (16 Nov 2008):

    awesome capture...

  • Karmakar Akash

    Karmakar Akash said (5 Feb 2009):

    Great detailing and stupendous expressions!
    Kudos again!

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Really frightening......the grudge.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    very dramatic closeup! well done

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    cool shot!

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (16 Jan 2010):

    Dramatic indeed!

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