Legong Kuntul Dance

Legong Kuntul dance in Ubud Bali Indonesia

I shot these images of Legong Kuntul dancers in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia using a slow shutter speed. It was either 1/3 sec or 1/4 sec. I have other images of the dancers where they appear sharp (shot with high shutter speed), but I prefer the ones that they don’t. It’s quite a fast moving dance hence I prefer to see the ones that show movement of the dancers.

So, when you are shooting a dance performance next time, try something different by using a slow shutter speed to capture the movement. You can have the subjects appear sharp while still showing the movement if you have a flash that is set to a rear-curtain sync mode. Try that too if you like using flash, but be mindful that the flashes of lights could be a distraction to the dancers especially if you are close to the subjects. I did not use flash to shoot these images.

All shot with Sony A7 and Zeiss ZM Planar 50mm f/2. Enjoy the images.






Legong Kuntul dance - Sony A7 and Zeiss ZM Planar 50mm f/2




Sony A7 and Zeiss ZM Planar 50mm f/2

  • JJanuary 17, 2016 - 9:07 am

    Love the blurry ones that capture movement as well!ReplyCancel

  • MaxJanuary 4, 2014 - 3:34 am

    Amazing photos! I saw same dances in Thailand and Cambodia. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

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