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Temple Festival 07

Temple Festival 07
Copyright ©2008, michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $

Sri Kamadchi Ampal Temple Festival

the annual temple festival takes place at europes biggest
south-indian temple in Hamm-Uentrop/Germany.
ten-thousands of hindus from all over europe were worshipping the goddess
Sri Kamadchi Ampal by celebrating with public processions and poojas (divine services).

the big parade starts with smashing coconuts on the ground as sacrificial offerings.
men (kavadi dancer) are dancing in a hypnotic trance to the rhythm of drums,
women carry bowls with glowing coal and smelling incense.
a big wagon (theer) pompously decorated is pulled through the streets by men
and women separated right and left side.
the whole festival takes 12 days and the big procession day is the highlight.


click here for additional infos about the temple

Photographer: michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $
Folder: June 2008 - Photo Essay Competition
Uploaded: 2008-Jun-23 04:22 EDT
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Camera: Olympus E-3
Lens: Olympus 11-22mm f2.8/3.5
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 100
Aperture: f5
Shutter Speed: 1/500
Focal Length: 16
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
Critique Level: Dead Honest Critique

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The energy and movement in this one is really quite good.

Eugene Donohoe HoF Win ¤1 $ at 18:34 EDT on 2008-Jun-23 [Reply]

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Don't know what happened there, my comment went before I was finished.

I also wanted to say that compositionally I think this is good because of the relative position of all the arms and their similar directional positioning. A very nice essay.

Eugene Donohoe HoF Win ¤1 $ at 18:36 EDT on 2008-Jun-23 [Reply]

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thanks Euge, thats one of my favs of the "action" shots...

michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $1 at 03:53 EDT on 2008-Jun-24 [Reply]

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thanks Doro, hoped to give an insight in the festivity...
unfortunately because of slow moving traffic I arrived a bit late and missed some other rituals.
so much going on there. one can't be everywhere at the same time...
and I left out the whole indian market (in the essay) taking place nearby.
enough stuff for own series.

michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $1 at 11:24 EDT on 2008-Jul-02 [Reply]