Here is a shot of a penitent who took part in the procession of Palm Sunday of Malaga.
The Holy Week in Malaga is a tradition that dates back to the age of the Catholic Monarchs. The taste for Baroque art by the religious brotherhoods and associations and the great amount of processional materials that they have been accumulating for centuries result in a street stage of exuberant art, full of colour and majesty. Every year, during the Passion Week in Malaga takes out to the streets a real festival perceptible by the five senses: processional thrones carrying images that are swung all along the entire route, thousands of penitents lighting and giving colour with their candles and robes, processional marches, as well as aromas of incense and flowers filling the air as the processions pass by and thousands of people crowded to see and applaud their favourite tronos (floats, thrones). By: semana-santa-malaga.com
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mesutilgim (95810) 2014-04-21 0:45
Hello Gosia, my neighbour today !
The capture itself is well balanced and quite interesting but it would be just great if you could add a little bit more information about what is what. Specially for those (like me) who do not know the christian iconography !
TFS and best regards
besnard (56645) 2014-04-21 0:48
Une bonne prise rapprochée pendant la procession des pénitents. Une image originale et bien construite.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
tenretin (2609) 2014-04-21 0:49
Superb photograph taken with a lot of care in the framing and focus (on the eye). Congratulations!
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2014-04-21 0:55
details and colors are excellent as well as the compisition.
vjmite (4216) 2014-04-21 1:26
A beautiful study in purple, with some flashes of silver. The photo is sharp enough to show all the details of the fabric. The eye is the only indication of a human in the photo.Excellent composition and exposure.
Hanssie (10852) 2014-04-21 1:26
Really scary but.... what a superb portrait
and wonderful photo in purple !
And as I like the great band Deep Purple,
I have to visit this one:-))
Nicou (145190) 2014-04-21 1:33
Fantastique image et compo quel il qui ressort et la crosse argentée et cette tenue violette très très belle image.
Bravo et amitié
holmertz (54969) 2014-04-21 1:34
This is a fantastic photo. It's superbly elegant with this dominance of simple shapes and strong colours, and the eye peeping through the hole has a remarkable effect. For a non-believer this is a strange but undeniably fascinating view. It also makes me think of Ku Klux Klan, football hooligans or separatists occupying government buildings in eastern Ukraine. There are various reasons for hiding faces in public.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-21 1:35
una foto tutt'altro che facile da fare per la particolarità dell'azione e che hai saputo cogliere molto bene e con eccellente nitidezza come si può notare nel grande formato.
Bello il colore, eccellente il taglio.
Complimenti anche per questa.
Ciao e buona settimana
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-04-21 2:08
Hello Gosia - This is fascinating. I am struck by the special Palm Sunday robes and wonder what the origins are. Covering the face seems to be a strange thing for a religious ceremony and more akin to those who wish to remain incognito.
Your shot is stunning; the colour and detail in the robes is superb and I like the way the eye is framed by a sea of purple.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-21 2:44
a beautifully captured close up of the Palm Sunday celebrations. This shot is a riot of colour and glorious light that illuminates the sense of the occasion so perfectly.
Have a good week - B.
carlo62 (50840) 2014-04-21 2:46
un particolare molto bello e qualitativamente eccellente, c'è tutta la sacralità del momento in questo scatto.
Il colore e il soggetto particolare e originale, attirano l'attenzione già dalla miniatura, ma dopo si apprezza ancora di più.
snunney (101674) 2014-04-21 2:49
A cleverly composed shot that focuses on a detail from the Holy Week procession. The eye of the penitent makes a superb and unusual focal point. The sumptuous colours and detail in the costume are beautifully rendered under a good light.
rbassin (23413) 2014-04-21 3:26
Ce gros plan est très bien fait, une bonne idée.
Couleur et détails sont bien restitués.
CLODO (34918) 2014-04-21 3:51
top class picture with this crop on the eyes through the purple mask and the hand holding a silver cross.
abmdsudi (55618) 2014-04-21 3:57
A superb event but chilling when men mask their faces in what appear to be Klan suits (except for it' colour) evil is afoot!! A bit like finding a jew dressed as a Nazi (no offence meant, just an illustration). I take it that like lots of things, this clothing has meant something peaceful for hundreds of years, until someone decided to corrupt it. Again, the swastika comes to mind, which in Japan is a symbol of peace...
You have done a fine job photographing this event, a fine 'street' portrait, Congrats and tfs
adidas5nb (5743) 2014-04-21 3:59
stunning shot with great mood and thought.love the color here and the uptight shot.nicely done.
Sergiom (82851) 2014-04-21 5:20
J'aime beaucoup ce cadrage très serré sur lil du participant en mauve. Les gants blancs prennent beaucoup d'importance dans la composition. La photo ressort dans la galerie.
Noel_Byrne (32100) 2014-04-21 6:01
A fascinating tradition and an image that is very special. I have never seen clothing like this before, and it is a fascinating scene. The colors are so rich, and the material looks so detailed. This is a really excellent candid portrait shot from the festival, thanks indeed for sharing this. I love the light glinting off the scepter.
JanArie (657) 2014-04-21 7:39
Hi Gosia, what a great and impressive photo. The eye of the man/woman is a real eye-catcher.
Very well done!
rychem (38155) 2014-04-21 8:54
Wystrój niesamowity, wyobrażam sobie tę atmosferę na procesjach, choć ten strój trochę mi przypomina weneckie maski, dobrze pokazane
cornejo (43859) 2014-04-21 12:14
Witaj Gosia, excellent closed up in this interesting picture, well framed and captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, nice color and light. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
lousat (93660) 2014-04-21 14:50
Hi Gosia,absolutely great!! What a idea from the palm sunday in Spain,the detail are incredibles,a purple composition made with a very professional class,2 points are not enough today..ehehe....have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
jjcordier (79297) 2014-04-21 22:08
Un cadrage serré très efficace sur lil de ce pénitent de Malaga.
emka (100865) 2014-04-21 22:15
Wspaniały pomysł, zeby pojechać do Andaluzji na Semana Santa i zobaczyć te procesje w dziwacznych strojach. Ale wyobrażam sobie, jaki tam musiał być tłok.
Fantastyczne zbliżenie, czyżbys tez brała udział ?:). Ta fioletowa tkanina "jak żywa". Super zdjęcie.
J jadę do Malagi i innych miast andaluzji w maju, już nie mogę sie doczekać.
kathryn_weir (2056) 2014-04-22 3:39
This is indeed a striking image. You have perfect depth of field and focus on the celebrants eye and so tightly framed so as to exclude any distraction. Superb, bravo.
dkmurphys (60737) 2014-04-22 5:41
Superb detail in high quality. I like the strong color, well spotted scene.
Enjoy a good week.
jhm (155276) 2014-04-23 3:35
These picture is extraordinarily through the clothing and the one eye.
Excellent daily life picture with nice details.
Composition and presentation are pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Fis2 (100704) 2014-04-23 13:07
Dla mnie bardzo ciekawa praca.
Dobry kadr i szczegoly.
Kolor i swiatlo robia wrazenie.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-04-23 22:10
Belated Easter greeting to you.
Wonderful close up image of this hooded lady celebrating the Palm Sunday.
Super colours, love it, Well done.
batalay (39277) 2014-04-24 3:40
This one could and should win an award for all kinds of categories, all too many to mention. The composition, colors, definition are all first rate. The only fleshy part of the image is the left eye. But then, according to the center-line-principle this takes a prize for that category as well. I want to clear some space among my personal favorites, so that I can elevate this photo there.
dip (23890) 2014-04-24 8:54
a very good clear and sharp shot with the purple color to dominates the picture,
I like the close frame,
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-04-25 2:58
dwa portrety z Malagi i obydwa zaslugujace na uwage. Ten jakos szczegolnie przykul moj wzrok nie tylko ze wzgledu na bardzo ciekawy kadr, ale takze na ten wszechobecny fiolet, ktory tak mocno uwypukla pozstale elementy zdjecia. Bardzo dobre ujecie, chociaz ma w sobie jakas zlowieszcza atmosfere.
Ladnie rozegrane kolory i dobre swiatlo.
rigoletto (34279) 2014-04-25 15:09
the light, details and narrow cadrage, all work perfectly. i'd have loved to see an eye contact as a plus.
Cricri (121253) 2014-04-25 23:02
Tout bon le cadrage serré sur l'il, les couleurs, la position des mains aux gants blancs sur la tenue mauve et brillante
ikeharel (73551) 2014-04-26 1:02
good morning Gosia,
Stunning purple traditional costume from a very close range. Not seeing much except for the eyes, fixed at some object in a distance - and with a great concetration. Hands cover white gloves are fine posture holding the silver rod.
Beautifully collected an impressive sight.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
tatadalou (7459) 2014-04-26 9:03
Great close-up on this Penitent. The light and an excellent sharpness help us to see nice details on his clothes. I imagine that it is very emotionally intense to see such a ceremony, whose roots are so ancient.
kasianowak (9407) 2014-04-29 1:29
Doskonale wybrany szczegol procesji. Tlo nadaje kontekst, oddaje nastroj bycia w tlumie a takze upraszcza palate barw i nadaje zdjeciu cechy minimalizmu. Swietna praca i super seria.
delpeoples (58804) 2014-04-29 2:57
Witaj dear Gosia
What a wonderful shot, and a very different genre for you. I see you do it aswell as your amazing architectural shots. The tight framing and pin-sharp definition are truly impressive. The subject matter is so original and intriguing. Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day.
ourania (47844) 2014-04-29 14:43
this is an extraordinary portrait in very particular context. I like very much how you filled the frame with these mesmerizing purple tones and elaborate textures. Everything becomes significant in a composition like this, the eye and the hands are so attractive, the sceptre and the shadows even add meaning and atmosphere. Your light management is excellent as always. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
sevy (58) 2014-04-30 10:42
It is a kind of shot I am not really practicing but I am able to see when it is well done.
A very good composition and shot at the right moment: the placement of the hands with the sceptre and the overall purple background.
macjake (69777) 2014-05-01 1:23
this photo stands out so well for obvious reasons!
the strong purple color dominates the frame and really wants to be noticed.
the white gloves give a nice balance too.
annjackman (21899) 2014-05-03 23:49
Wow - this is a first class 'portrait'. The rich purple glistens in the light. The tight framing is imaginative and lets us see detail in the eye.
Striking and clever work.
Kind Regards, Ann
clic (17415) 2014-05-08 9:10
No wonder why your DE-M5 is so highly ranked in Digital Camera Review; the sharpness is outstanding, to the point I can see all the embroidery secrets on the ritual mask and the eye lashes!
The face mask could be mistaken though for a Ku Klux Klan item of clothing.
InasiaJones (31566) 2014-05-09 21:27
This is a very attractive and intriguing shot.
By opting to crop that scene so tightly, you have captured the mystery of this religious procession in a brilliant way. Every elements in the frame are useful , offering to the viewer the essential accessories that compose the uniform of the penitent.
The eye is obviously the focus of attention, standing out from this dominant of purple, and the posture of the hands reinforce the perception of secrecy.
I have attempted a workshop that suggest a more intimate approach, closer to the subject and cropping the lower part where the white sleeve and black corner are preventing to feature an integral purple coverage, for more impact and uninterrupted canvas. It also allows for the eye to be less centered and disposing of more space in front of your subject that provide a sense of direction.
This is a shot I would really like to have in my gallery.
adores (45889) 2014-05-28 16:41
This is different from most part of our Easter traditions. I like the composition and the colours a lot. It's a very good capture!
Wanda1 (15142) 2014-05-31 6:22
This is an admirable image that I like a lot. The overall purple is striking and then the eye just pops out amongst everything as a great detail together with the silver staff. A wonderful documentary of this tradition, with perfect sharpness where it should be.
Disabled_A (0) 2014-06-01 5:19
this is a really excellent close-up shot! it has a mood of real Middle Ages.. Excellent composition and colour management. Also, this shot gives some food for thought and room for imagination :)
- Copyright: Gosia Siudzinska (siudzi) (34141)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-13
- Categories: Festivals, Ceremony, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Olympus Zuiko 40-150mm f4.0-5.6
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): People [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-21 0:41