Salvador de Bahia is definitely the most attaching city I ever visited. The historic patrimony is amazing. Here, we are at the entrance of the "Cidade Alta" close to the "Lacerda" elevators in the "Praça Municipal" of Salvador where the former Portuguese governors used to ruled this huge colony.
Salvador is a pure mix of Indian and African people. About 80% of the population is black. About 3.5 million black slaves out of 12 were brought to Brazil, mainly from the Guinea gulf and Angola. They developped a very strong culture with many great aspects such as the local food, the "Candomble" religion, songs, Capoeira and a very happy way of living even in poverty.
This woman is wearing the traditional clothes from the "Baianas". Even today, many women still wear these traditional colorful costums. You can see plenty of them serving traditional food in the "Pelourinho" area where the the is a never ending feast at night...
I could see a great exposition from Pierre Verger who lived in Salvador in the 40's, 50's. It seems this City could preserve its past, its culture but in a very dynamic way. No need to say that the major singer from Brazil all come from the Bahia state, like Gilberto Gil the present Culture minister is Lula's governement.
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
Exposure mode: Av
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Continuous: frame 1
Lens: 17 to 40mm
Focal length: 17mm
AF mode: AI Focus AF
Image size: 3504 x 2336
Image quality: Raw
White balance: Auto
Picture Effect: Normal
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greg64g (11193) 2005-03-29 5:01
Woo the portrait is beautiful, i like the effect of the polarizer, the light is hard and i like it a lot.
emanuela (1257) 2005-03-29 5:09
very beautiful, it is a very positive image, NICE contrast between the white and her amazing expression !
ash_parikh (2266) 2005-03-29 5:12
Very nice portrait of the woman with the glimps of the background. Nice smile on her face. Very nice note.
Luko (13978) 2005-03-29 5:18
This portrait jumps out of the screen, looks from the colors like she had taken a part of the sky in her headdress...
A pity about the guy in the left handside, otherwise a great shot... could be an advertisement for Salvador de Bahia's tourism office.
naxius (16685) 2005-03-29 7:43
Alors comme ca, tu t'offres un super voyage au Bresil sans prevenir ;o heureusement tu reviens avec tres certainement de tres belles photos et en voici la preuve.
Ce portrait est superbe.
Elle semble vraimnet tres sympa cette femme! Quelle sourire :D
tongapup (0) 2005-03-29 8:44
Really nice. Besides the guy walking into the shot, there is also some kind of horizontal bar on the right that goes into ther right ear. It looks like it wasn't really behind her but showed up somehow in post-processing. But other than these two little problems, you have a great, sharp picture that makes me smile.
eleparc (24063) 2005-03-29 18:03
excellent portrait Steven! vacation or business trip? you did pretty well considering the harsh light! nice use of your wide angle lens!
robiuk (10807) 2005-03-29 19:43
Very good portrait, Steven.
I dunno how people there do without sunglasses.
Very vibrant colours... you did a good job on her dress (white parts).
Pls, tell me the reason for having sharpness, saturation & contrast settings on your camera on 'High',
helcio (136) 2005-03-30 21:51
gostei da composição e das cores, parabens
bren_ryan92 (42) 2005-03-31 7:05
Very amusing, a normal background lighted up by the womens glowing grin!
Xalkida (11742) 2005-04-23 12:14
Very nice portrait of this woman! I like the original colors and lighting!
ritual (27) 2005-05-30 10:19
I created a theme on Capoeira.
It's on Treklens.
I would like you to add your pictures if you like.
jsbedard (0) 2007-02-01 22:20
Good wide-angle portrait! Salvador is a great city, i stayed there 4 months! JS
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-21
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 17-40/4L USM, Digital RAW, Hama Circular Polarizer 77 mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: 19 DAYS TO DISCOVER BRAZIL
- Date Submitted: 2005-03-29 4:55