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© Muhammad Muhsin
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UploadedMay 5, 2008
TakenApril 5, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D3
Exposure1.3 sec at f/22
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Focal Length200 mm
ISO1600
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Q: Why are some of the contest photos obviously photoshopped?

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"Dance can embody or express ideas, emotions or tell a story..." (from Wikipedia)
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i'm back from Dubai, UAE... after about ten days :)

the desert safari in Dubai concludes with a belly dance show, performed Live by an energetic and beautiful dancer :)

as the dance progresses, the dancer 'pulls' in people from the audience, which includes 'mesmerized men' and women :)

i did not photograph the lady bellydancer, for my own reasons, but when a male dancer arrived, wearing a very interesting outfit, i decided to take some photos :)

i stood quitely closer to the dancing area, for quite sometime, figuring out how to capture the fleeting moment (and the whirling dancer as a key part of it) :)

suddenly, i came up with an idea of slowing down the shutter, to make things abstract and more dramatic :)

the idea actually came from a set of Kohi's photos from the UK, in which he had captured dancers in a similar way :) so thanks to him and his ideas :)

i also remember him saying,"don't take a picture, take an idea instead and let a picture come out of it." :)

the shutter was kept open for one second, and i consider myself lucky for nailing the dancer right in the center, despite the one-second-shutter and the ever-so-heavy camera+lens duo :)

this is the original composition, no crop, no fancy stuff :)

thanks for viewing :) let's see what you think of this one :)

muhammad muhsin

p.s. the title comes from Bruce Springsteen's new album 'Magic' :)

11 responses

  • Bhasker

    Bhasker (Deleted) gave props (5 May 2008):

    Beautiful colors...nice motion shot...Well done

  • Stephanie McLean

    Stephanie McLean gave props (6 May 2008):

    The combination of slow shutter speed and the subject's colourful attire make this shot resemble an oil painting. Nice.

  • Assma Farsy

    Assma Farsy gave props (10 May 2008):

    this is just amazing muhammed !! i love it ..it really looks like a painting..

  • Heidi Williams

    Heidi Williams said (1 Aug 2008):

    WOW, this is really amazing!!! I have never seen anything like it! I love it!!!

  • Andrea Alzmann

    Andrea Alzmann gave props (21 Nov 2008):

    It is magic! Really beautiful. "luck"...I am not so sure. You know your stuff and it shows in this picture. Great job!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (27 Nov 2008):

    Wonderful color and motion blur. I like it. dp

  • Enrique Parrilla

    Enrique Parrilla gave props (17 Feb 2009):

    motion in color! splendid!

  • joe barrett

    joe barrett said (9 Mar 2009):

    really is a wonderful image!

  • Suzy Jones

    Suzy Jones gave props (20 Mar 2009):

    This is awazingly beautiful! I want to wrap myself in scarves and swirl around the room! I have a pic very similar to this that I have not put on yet- I think I may.

  • Suzy Jones

    Suzy Jones said (2 Apr 2009):

    I put my picture on today if you want to look at it :D

  • linda woods

    linda woods gave props (9 Apr 2009):

    WOW....magic, indeed. WOuld you consider selling an image of this or trading with me for one of mine?

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