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Old Sep 2, 2005, 10:24 PM   #1
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Taken at a Japanese cultural event.


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Old Sep 3, 2005, 7:58 AM   #2
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Very nice shot. The costumes, music tablature and instruments all look great.
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Old Sep 3, 2005, 12:14 PM   #3
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Terrific!! I love to see different types of instruments as well. I also like how your main focus is on the hands and the instruments.

Very nice,

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Old Sep 3, 2005, 9:40 PM   #4
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Was this film or am I imagining the film grain? Either way, it's a great shot!
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Old Sep 4, 2005, 2:21 AM   #5
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Folks, thanks for your kind comments.

1/80second, F3.5, 800ASA, 50.8 mm (35mm equivalent)

The graininess is due to fact that the shot was taken indoors wirth only subdued stage lighting. I used 800 ASA in order to capture the shot under the challenging conditions. With the Minolta A200 800ASA shots display the typical graininess shown. The effect was so similar to shooting film and then "pushing" the development that I elected not to runnoise reduction.

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interesting shot
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Old Sep 5, 2005, 10:49 PM   #7
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Hi Selvin,
I am curious about the instruments. You called then Kotos. I was always under the impression that the Koto was a stringed instrument with a small square or round soundbox at one end, a long skinny neck, and long tuning pegs at the top. Is there more than one kind of Koto or have I learned the name of the wrong instrument?

Nice shot. I like that you have brought international music into the challenge.

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Cal,

The instrument you are referring to is a "Shamisen." The shamisen has been likened to the banjo because of the similarity in appearance. The shamisen was originally considered a lower class instrument used by Geishas while the Koto was used by ladies in the palaces.

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