Photographer's Note

This dancer is waiting backstage before a performance of traditional Sri Lankan dances, near to the Buddha Tooth Temple, in Kandy. He is wearing one form of the traditional dress used in these performances; the sort of dress that one sees in many old paintings. The conch shell is often used in performances of Sri Lankan music and dance. It has a deep, horn like sound and it is very traditional in the island. Sri Lankan dances are very energetic and rhythmic. The men and women dance in separate dances and styles. I talked myself into getting backstage, because I reckoned that pictures here would by more interesting than ones, taken from the auditorium.

This is using my Canon 40D and my Canon 28mm 1:1.8 lens. It represents one of my first attempts to take pictures in really low light conditions. Often these were disappointing because of lack of sharpness, but mostly due to excessive noise. Some, like this one, I liked, because the noise is not evident and the low light seems to give them a painterly quality. I am, however, right at the beginning of learning about how to use low light conditions. It seems so much more tricky than taking pictures in bright light, but the results can be more interesting.

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