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Sakuhachi sensei Hideyuki Ueno has already given me one award-winning photo. Fingers crossed... I am hoping this second image might again win me something.
I had taken maybe over 200 images of him and his two co-players over two performances. And I only "discovered" this image last night when I was preparing for this photo essay, The Sounds of Silence.
Initially I had another image in mind, of him holding the sakuhachi at waist level and looking very solemn as he prepared to play. But I think this close up is much better - and more to my "uptight" style.
Image captured at Tapestry, a festival of sacred music, at The Esplanade, Singapore in March 2008.
Even before I could write this description, my dear friend Regenia had commented on this as "Excellent. A wonderful mono".
I might mention that it was done with Nik's Silver Efex Pro. The entire range of Nik's software is excellent. I am currently on 15-day free trial, but intend to purchase it soon and I highly recommend it - especially the new, Lightroom-compatible complete package, which is much cheaper than the original Photoshop plug in.
In the The Sounds of Silence photo essay.
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