Popondetta Sing-sing

I'm still catching up...

Most of my Sing-sing photos to date have been of individual performers, or clear cut groups. I wanted to be able to take a photo which captured the colour, the movement and the general chaos that goes on in these tribal displays. My old school point and shoot was good at capturing movement... well it was good at capturing the blur of movement, so when I strapped the 300mm onto my DSLR, I wanted to grab a slice of action and then bury it.

I think I got there this time. Look deep into this photo, view large preferably and you can clearly see the young female performer, all around her, is chaos, there are Kundu drums being beaten, rattles being shaken, voices calling. For a brief second she paused, I took the photo, and then the chaos continued.

Photo taken 26 July 2008 at Ela Beach Markets, Port Moresby.
Love the still in the storm! And how direct her focus on you!
posted July 16th, 2012  
@swguevin - Thanks Sheila :)
posted July 16th, 2012  
You can feel the momentum in this shot Jason, love it
posted July 16th, 2012  
Great colour and movement beautifully captured. Fav
posted July 16th, 2012  
@jolefont @tonydebont - Thanks Jo and Tony, thank you both!
posted July 16th, 2012  
This is awesome! Those are amazing headdresses!
posted July 16th, 2012  
Yes, I can feel it! I'm guessing the lady in the middle doesn't really have a bunch of dynamite?! Lovely bright colours
posted July 16th, 2012  
Nod
Great piece. I thought it's a collage or a clever use of mirrors and reflections!
posted July 16th, 2012  
The focus really draws the observer into the scene. Great action shot.
posted July 16th, 2012  
Great capture - I think you achieved your aim! It feels like you did freeze time just for a second while you could see her through the other people.
posted July 16th, 2012  
Wow!
posted July 16th, 2012  
great shot, like how the girl is peeking through the croud
posted July 16th, 2012  
nice lurky feel to this
posted July 16th, 2012  
fantastic capture - looks like an amazing culture to witness
posted July 16th, 2012  
@orangecrush - oh then you might like my shot in 2 days time...

@filsie65 - Nah dynamite is normally red, with TNT written on it eh?

@viranod - No magic, no croption required. ;)

@robv - Thank you Robert.

@alia_801 - Thanks Alia. :)

@httpgeffed - Cheers Colleen!

@abhijit - me too... thanks.

@houdiniem - heh heh lurking wit' a 300mm lens....

@chriswang - it certainly is Chris, and so diverse depending on where you go.
posted July 16th, 2012  
Nod
@bobfoto Genious
posted July 16th, 2012  
@viranod - just got lucky really... ;)
posted July 16th, 2012  
Nod
Well, it's more than a fav.. I really find this one fascinating. How you pull this off is beyond me!! Where I expect to see focus are blur, and where I expect to see blur I see focus, and all the elements make this so dynamic. Unexpected pieces appear out of nowhere, and when I expect to see something its not there!
posted July 16th, 2012  
Truly amazing Jason .. Thanks for sharing something I will never see for real ..
posted July 16th, 2012  
wow JD! amazing just amazing! :)
posted July 16th, 2012  
This is just great Jason
posted July 17th, 2012  
Great shot Jason. She is quite isolated from the chaos all around here. Faved
posted July 17th, 2012  
wonderful capture of the movement of the dance.
posted July 17th, 2012  
This is a great capture. I was thinking exactly what you wrote before even reading it .... there is so much going on in the picture, yet your eye is drawn STRAIGHT to the girl's face.
posted July 17th, 2012  
@viranod - thanks Nod, thank you so much. This shot I guess was planned. It was my sole ambition to get her face in focus and have the rest of her world appear out of focus and full of confusion. I do like the way it turned out. Thanks!

@steveh - I thought the same thing 10 years ago Steve... never say never?

@agentzuckerguss - Thank you Katia :)

@beckys - Cheers BeckyS, thanks.

@swilde - Thanks Sue, I am proud of this shot, and even more so after all these wonderful comments!

@daisy - Thanks Kathryn, thank you.

@cristina3611 - I am so happy that at this moment, she decided to remain still and in focus, yet everyone else was moving... got lucky eh?
posted July 17th, 2012  
Awesome shot. Great focus on the girl and love all that chaos.
posted July 17th, 2012  
this is so complex and so simple at the same time. i love it, lovely human moment :)
posted July 18th, 2012  
Lyn
incredible action and movement here; love the DOF and the absolute clarity of the young girl. . .
posted July 18th, 2012  
@kjarn @brin @lyno - Thanks everyone, I was pretty chuffed when this shot worked out!
posted July 19th, 2012  
This is awesome Jason, you really caught something amazing here.!
posted July 21st, 2012  
@monika64 - Thanks Monika :)
posted July 21st, 2012  
I like the way you composed this, and it definitely shows that it pays off to wait for the right moment.
posted August 30th, 2012  
@hellcat - I consider myself a quick photographer, don't think, just shoot. It all comes from the feel of being rushed in PNG by guides and such. But everynow and then I sit back and wait. Its a lot like fishing sometimes...
posted August 30th, 2012  
I'm impressed you don't end up with haphazard shots then.
posted August 30th, 2012  
@hellcat - I don't post the Haphazard ones... although you will see one on the last day of September if I recall...
posted August 30th, 2012  
lol... looking forward to seeing what you consider haphazard.
posted August 30th, 2012  
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