Photographer's Note

The Image
A group of youngsters belonging to a martial arts group performing a dragon dance at a Taoist religious celebration.

The Background
The Dragon is at the head of the group of mythical creatures considered auspicious in
Chinese Culture. Therefore, Dragon dances are performed to bring forth Luck and Prosperity or to fete and honour the deities.

A dragon is made up of a head with a long tubular cloth body held together by poled sections, terminating in a tail. The longer the dragon , the more luck it brings.

In a dragon dance, the dragon chases a pearl, a lighted ball held on a pole. It's quite spectacular to watch, as the pearl-holder rans all over the arena chased by 20 or more others holding up the dragon, performing co-ordinated twists, turns and dives; simulating the movement of the serpentine chinese dragon.

The Drummer sets the pace of the dance, accompanied by the cymbals and gongs, the drummer beats out a candence that the dragon-performers follows as pacing.

In the WS, you can see a close up shot of the entire dragon.

The Tech
Dragon dances are pretty fast moving, I got my tripod set up but as I can only be at the outside of the tentage, the lighting/metering was quite tricky, somehow I lost my settings info after PS.

Cropping, gamma/contrast and USM done, and the addition of a border.

Photo Information
Viewed: 2003
Points: 32
Additional Photos by Steely Chia (Steely) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 28 N: 313] (895)
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