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The Yellow Ceremony | by Shabbir Ferdous
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The Yellow Ceremony


It took me a while to shoot what I wanted. The dancers were all over the place and the constant flood light of the video camera making my pictures over exposed or over saturated. However in this picture, the light was on the 2nd dancer in the background flooding the bride & grooms stage. Also the light source of the stage created the sweet bokehs I been searching for. The ambient light created exceptional tone on the decorative green frames of the stage, the skin tone of the dancer and her yellow shari & the decorative red flower of her hair gave me a perfect composition for this special ceremony.


To some people, the picture of a person from the back is considered less attractive. But I believe a picture should provoke a viewer to want more and push him/her to fill the gaps with his/her imagination.


So in short, I leave you imagine her face and expression.


For those who didn’t know whats going on here, this is a celebration of Gaye Holud of Zeeleon and Riya’s wedding. Gaye holud (Bengali: গায়ে হলুদ gaee holud lit. "yellow/turmeric on the body") or turmeric ceremony is a ceremony observed mostly in the region of Bengal (comprised of Bangladesh and Indian West Bengal). It is part of an elaborate series of celebrations constituting the Bengali wedding. The gaye holud takes place one or two days prior to the religious and legal wedding ceremonies.


"This is a part of a Bangladeshi Wedding series"

Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Camera: Canon EOS 5D

Location: Trust Auditorium, Dhaka, Bangladesh


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Taken on January 20, 2009