Photographer's Note

A vibrant festival of dance is held at the venue of 'Arjuna's penance' in Mamallapuram from early January for four weeks. I was lucky to be there at that time, and was able to photograph this dancer set against the magnificent backdrop of Pallava rock sculptures at this open-air performance.

I shot lots of frames to get the 'best posed' ones, and also used a very high ISO to combat the low light. In post I then used noise reduction to get rid of the noise that high ISO produces. I also selected the dancer's profile using the select color range (mainly reds) in photoshop, increased levels of sharpness and saturation, then did an inverse and worked on the background colors and brightness exclusively of the dancer. Also added a little more blur to the background while it was selected.

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Additional Photos by David Lazar (dvlazar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 55 N: 1216] (6662)
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