This Baiana is the most attaching portrait I took during this stay in Brazil to me.
In Salvador but also throughout Brazil, Baianas have a very strong place in the heart of the Brazilian people and in the society. They are linked to the roots of this Nation and still convey a lot of its story thanks to their part in religion practices, the cooking and their beauty of course.
All along the year, you can see them in the street selling Bahian culinary specialities made of chicken, fishes and so on. They are also preparing a wonderful specialty called "Moqueca de Peixe" which is very tastys coco milk based mixture of vegetables and fish. They also have a very important place in the religious practices like the various procession : the march along the beach of "Nosso Senhor do Bonfim" which refer to Jesus or the "Festa de Lemanja" each 2nd January (a tribute to the sea in the "Candomble" religion.
Their traditional clothes are mainly white but can display a lot of different colors from time to time.
I had to correct the exposure (thanks to the Raw god)quite a lot since the use of the polarizer was probably not so appropriate. USM applied.
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
Exposure mode: Av
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Continuous: frame 1
Lens: 17 to 40mm
Focal length: 19mm
AF mode: AI Focus AF
Image size: 3504 x 2336
Image quality: Raw
White balance: Auto
I also took a shot of this beautiful Baiana on the "Praça Municipal" at the entrance of the "Laceirda" elevator, upper part of Salvador.
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clodreno (0) 2005-04-02 4:55
vraiment, un beau portrait.. on ressent rien qu'à la regarder une ... certaine joie de vivre..en plus elle est jolie ce qui ne gache rien à l'histoire.. un espèce de balancement, un petit air de samba dans cette image pleine de tendresse.
alimo3 (6854) 2005-04-02 5:23
la vie ma pas l'air trop dure pour toi a Salvador :)
un beau portrait et un model bien sympathique.
j'aime bien son attitude et ce sourire éclatant.
DiaAzul (1403) 2005-04-02 8:24
I tried to comment on the other picture several times, but TE wouldn't co-operate. Ho hum.
I prefer this picture much more. In your original picture the lady was squinting into the sun. While the composition was good I was going to suggest that having her not facing directly into the sun would be better, possibly using fill flash to lighten the face against the bright background.
So, this picture answers most of the critique I was going to make about the original picture. The composition is even better, with the group under the tree behind her. Though I still think a little bit of diffuse fill flash would have helped to make the face more visible.
I did a workshop to vibratise the image a little :-)
NB Your polarizer should be 77mm for the 17-40/L - this is the standard size for many of the L-series Canon lenses - sorry, just a little thing ;-)
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-21
- Categories: Daily Life, Ceremony
- 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: Final Version, Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: 19 DAYS TO DISCOVER BRAZIL
- Date Submitted: 2005-04-02 4:42