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Old September 8th, 2017, 05:52 PM
Steven Sinski Steven Sinski is offline
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Focal Length- 200.0 mm (200.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture- f/4
Exposure Time- 0.01667s (1/60

Nikon NIKON D3
Lens- AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED
ISO- 200
Focal Length- 70.0 mm (70.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture- f/4
Exposure Time- 0.01667s (1/60)

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Old September 10th, 2017, 09:37 PM
Asher Kelman Asher Kelman is offline
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The recital seems fun. I have to widen my horizons!

I am so ignorant. I looked up "Koto" and discovered

"The koto (Japanese: 箏) is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument derived from the Chinese zheng, and similar to the Mongolian yatga, the Korean gayageum, and the Vietnamese đàn tranh. ... Koto are about 180 centimetres (71 in) length, and made from kiri wood (Paulownia tomentosa)."

However, I do not remember learning about any one of them. First time I have seen a string instrument with multiple bridges, one for each string. Are they used for tuning in instrument and dividing both sides of the strings lengths? I wondered whether they pluck both sides of the string? If they so, then what is the special quality of the notes on either side? Are they complimentary in some way.

It is a beautiful instrument. I found a song played on you tube here. Yes they do use both sides, but I would love a musicology explanation of the benefit and what gives the music its "Far Eastern" musical character?

I found a video on tuning this fascinating instrument and behold, the bridges do slide in tuning!

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Old September 10th, 2017, 11:22 PM
Roshni Patel Roshni Patel is offline
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Hey Steven,

This shot has been possible because of the observation and the instrument which I came across for the first time which is really so precious. Shot are so well captured. Lovely!
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Old September 16th, 2017, 08:12 AM
fahim mohammed fahim mohammed is offline
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Did not know about Koto.

Thanks for introducing me to it.

Lovely image too.
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