This is a scen of Vodun Ceremony at Grand-Popo, Benin. Voodoo is called Vodun in the locale. I was attracted by two kids watching the Vodun supreme god Mawu dancing around the yard raising a cloud of dust.
Vodun is a traditional organised religion of coastal West Africa, southeastern Ghana, southern and central Togo, southern and central Benin and the Yoruba of southwestern Nigeria.
Grand-Popo is a town, situated beside the sea at south-western Benin.
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bukitgolfb301 (35230) 2011-02-27 0:37
Hi my dear Hisashi-san
abmdsudi (41936) 2011-02-27 0:43
Great capture and its facinating to hear your stories, you really soak up an interesting insight of different culture on your travels. A very attractive shot here, there must a lot going in the background in the picture while keeping the main subject matter in full focus. Really like the composition and a wonderful balance, and red is as an absolute contrast to the backdrop of dry and dusty background. This striking contrast caught my eye and I couldn't resist taking a look, great description as well, Great job. Congrats. Best regards
SWEETFREEDOM (22264) 2011-02-27 0:53
original p.o.v. behind this two kids, good contrast of colors.
lousat (74955) 2011-02-27 1:39
Hi Hisashi,a beautiful and different composition,maybe perfect to celebrate S.Valentine in delay...ehehe....very nice idea and a beautiful quality of sharpness and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.
chewy_candy674 (471) 2011-02-27 1:44
moshi moshi Hisashi - San,
I love this photo for its color balance and smoothness.
very nice :)
jhm (137610) 2011-02-27 2:28
Lovely how you the two children with the small hut show in middle.
Excellent composition, nice captured.
Light and colors are superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
holmertz (39489) 2011-02-27 3:13
You made an excellent choice of composition by focusing on the children instead of the ceremony. They are both strong eye-catchers, the girl because of her red dress, the boy because of the way he leans on the tree and holds his right hand on his hip.
claudeD (31741) 2011-02-27 6:38
Very fine and interesting shot from Benin with a good composition and sharpness.Excellent contribution to TE.TFS.
Witz regards from Luxembourg
dkmurphys (48088) 2011-02-27 6:54
Good and original daily scene. A totally different life there, well captured.
Have a good week.
Sonata11 (33223) 2011-02-27 10:14
a very interesting shot from back of the kids. Wonderful composition scene of daily life. A very nice picture. Well done.
All the best,
foibles3 (1399) 2011-02-27 10:22
I love the color contrast in this image. Your framing takes the viewer deep into the shot. Very interesting notes as well.
Nolme (6829) 2011-02-27 12:06
J'aime beaucoup l'expression de ces enfants qui regardent la cérémonie
Ils sont très attentifs
raszid62 (18583) 2011-02-28 6:05
Well captured silhouette of black boy and girl. Near, hidden behind a tree probably sitting their mom. Excellent composition and great quality.
ciakgiak (30409) 2011-02-28 14:11
quando una foto è bella riesce a trasmettere emozioni anche se i soggetti sono di spalle, anzi forse di più... e la tua foto, parla, trasmette emozioni intense.
Bravissimo e complimenti anche per l'eccellente qualità dello scatto.
Un caro saluto
Budapestman (82620) 2011-02-28 15:40
a very lovely photo with beautiful details and original composition, the atmosphere of the photo is great, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
patdeph (35748) 2011-03-01 2:54
we find here a picture with all the fascination that Africa can exert on us.And of course,the photo is superb.
adramad (36921) 2011-03-01 3:06
Beautiful composition that conveys the life and customs of the peoples of Africa, nice color contrast with the children who follow the ceromonia.
Good management of the brightness and sharpness.
Have a nice day. Best regards.
siolaw (38256) 2011-03-01 4:25
I like pictures from behind and this is a nice one too. We feel we're part of the scene and are also watching the strange ceremony.
Nicou (119421) 2011-03-01 9:04
sueprbe compo de ces deux jeunes quelle belle couleur quel captage, une très belle attitude des sujets, superbe.
Bravo et amitié
erhan1958 (14947) 2011-03-01 11:46
selam HISASHI SAN
a very natural photo-shoot
clarity and light very beautiful
Ricx (13495) 2011-03-01 22:57
Hi Hisashi, I can see why you were keen to take this photo-In some way it is most unusual with Voodoo and the chanting - yet two kids standinglike that could be anywhere- You have caught it with good fine sharpness and detail.. well laid out and a lovely title.. TFS Rich
danos (85143) 2011-03-02 0:33
nice the snapshot from the Vodun ceremony at Benin,with the two children to watch the scenery so carefully.The red cloth of the girl contrast perfect with the whole image in this native cultural event from this country of coastal West Africa.
annjackman (18957) 2011-03-02 1:11
This unusual view from behind works very well as it emphasises the feeling of watching a ceremony. The red dress is very eye-catching and I like very much the pose of the boy. The sharpness and DOF is just right. An excellent capture of life in Benin. TFS.
papagolf21 (84714) 2011-03-02 1:11
Très bonne composition, nous avons l'impression d'être au coeur de l'action.
Les deux enfants au premier plan sont parfaits, l'on sent qu'ils sont intrigués par cette coutume.
Une très bonne photographie.
mkamionka (30072) 2011-03-02 1:29
excellent work. The children are so cute and pretty and you have smartly lowered the perspective to their level. Wide view allows to see the scene between them but thir poses are the most precious in this photo. Very well captured,
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2011-03-03 5:52
great composition! Nice placement of the background element in between the watching children...
Have a nice day, Ivana
Longroute (19394) 2011-03-05 1:07
Great photo, very interesting environment.
Smart idea to take the two children from behind because it gives a strong sense of participation in the ceremony. The chromatic contrasts make the image very alive and so real. Excellent definition of details. A real pleasure to see.
Angshu (55259) 2011-03-06 0:07
We also join the two young children watching the ceremony from this POV. Their mother ca also be seen, partially visible behind the structure on the left. Interesting ceremony with the person impersonating god Mawu looking like a hairy tent...the little girl's dress and braids are very attractive!
rodgerg (55767) 2011-03-07 2:00
Excellent with this POV very well selected. the two youg children give depht to the composition. The red color arise very well nag give light to the image.
Have a nice week,
cebe (1481) 2011-08-30 17:06
Excellent shot. I like the pose of the boy, the red dress, the soft colours. Your position behind the watchers brings the attention to the show they are watching. Great travel photo.
- Copyright: Hisashi Yuya (hispic) (9619)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-01-24
- Categories: Daily Life, Ceremony
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, RAW @ ISO 320
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Manamo's 2011 daily faves [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-27 0:00