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Old Jul 23, 2010, 3:52 PM   #1
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Default Ha' -- The Breath of Life

One of the most impressive parts of a visit to the Polynesian Culture Center is the evening outdoor drama...."Ha'--The Breath of Life".....in which the history of Polynesia is symbolized by the journey from birth to fatherhood of a young man. Costumes and dance represent all six of the major cultures featured at the PCC. These are high-ISO shots (ISO 3200), taken with the K-7 and the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8.

For the audience, the highlight of the evening is Hawaiian fire dancing. Photographically, these pose a challenge because of the extreme contrast between the night sky and the bright fire.

All photos were shot in RAW and processed with Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 using the Noiseware noise reduction plug-in. (I don't yet have CS4 restored to my machine.)
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Old Jul 23, 2010, 4:51 PM   #2
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Very nice, Paul!
I especially like the fire dance shots. You done good.

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Old Jul 24, 2010, 6:46 AM   #3
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Very tough conditions but you still captured some great shots and keepers !
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Very challenging environment. Good job.
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Old Jul 24, 2010, 9:44 AM   #5
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Nicely done Paul, the fire dance shots are wonderful and taken under harsh lighting conditions.

The shot of the Maori Warrior (#2) looks similar to what I saw in NZ. I will post these soon as my OZ series is almost over.

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Great job, skillfully photographed despite the darkness, movement and dynamic range. Thanks so much for sharing these great views/insights into the people & culture.
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Great series, love'm all
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