Topeng standard, Encore!

[written & complied by KopiOkaya]

This series of images was taken during our F.U.N. is ONE!: ‘Da:ns Festival 2009’ Stage & Performing Arts Photography Outing at Esplanade Outdoor Theatre on 31st October 2009.

Talking about challenging one’s photography ‘kungfu’, stage photography is the ultimate challenge indeed. White balance, shutter speed, aperture, composition and capturing moments – all these techniques which you have read and learned will be tested and pushed to the extreme at once.

Synopsis of Wayang Topeng

The masked drama, or Wayang Topeng, is a genre of Javanese dance in which the dancers wear masks, or topeng. The masks are made of wood and shaped like the human face, and either carved, painted or covered in batik. The masks are worn throughout the entire duration of the performance. This form of dance drama originally developed as a folk art and was subsequently developed further in the court environment to become an art form of the Surakarta Palace.

The magic of Wayang Topeng begins from the very first moment, before anyone even steps on stage. In the background in the dark, there first appears a figure. Even though she wears a mask, it is clear that she is delicate, refined… And very beautiful.

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[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: Excelglsi] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Excelglsi] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Excelglsi] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: Amberture] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Amberture] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Amberture] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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And the grand finale…

[photo: Excelglsi] A truly FUN gathering of Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pros.

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2 responses to “Topeng standard, Encore!”

  1. salnts says :

    Lovely photos.. man i really wish i could join you guys.. looks really good.

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