there was a Brazilian festival in Paris, in the 12th arrondissement along the Daumesnil avenue. I already saw different Brazilian festivals like this in the past like here or there.
This was a festival from Nordeste with typical music and Maracatu orchestra playing loud drums only : alfaia, gongue, caixa, mineiro and abê...
Maracatu is deeply part of the Nordeste culture since it does mix Brazilian modern music and Indian culture. Let's say it's a kind of traditional Carnaval from the Pernambuco state. Each march is leaded by a large banner, the King and the Queen which embody the African roots of Brazil.
Maracatu culture is an important tribute that Brazilian people offer to their ancestors which were slaves coming from the Western African coast and Indians. That's why most people like this one here are dressed in traditional Indian clothes like in this shot I posted yesterday.
I wanted to try a B&W tone but I left the color original version in WS if your are interested.
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starbug (6924) 2006-05-21 7:53
hi Steven, lots of life here in spite of lack of colours, the blurred background is dancing, the perfectly sharp foreground is singing, great shot!
russte (0) 2006-05-21 7:58
Hi Steven, beautiful composition, excellent use of depth-of-field. And I like the toning. VERY nice. Stephen
vapours (8264) 2006-05-21 8:18
A very busy shot here, the frame is filled well and I like the bokeh. Nice work.
aravind_phd (237) 2006-05-21 8:42
Local focal length did the trick here..
It seem the woman and the man in the background are talking to somebody, or are they seeing a mirror? Would have been nice, if you have included them too.. What is the thing in the left? Is it some kind of pillar? It is a little bit distracting..
Thanks for sharing,
Sherrish (0) 2006-05-21 10:29
Great moment captured here. Good sharpness and your choice of POV is great! Well done.
keithl (4) 2006-05-21 10:39
Very lively photo. Nice framing and a nice b/w conversion. For me the object at the left of the frame detracts a little, but the picture might feel a little cramped if you cropped it.
R2D2 (180) 2006-05-21 12:41
Steven, whether you are or you are not, IMHO, you have all the qualifications of a professional photographer and as soon as I find more time I'll go through your all TE album to learn more about photography. This wonderful picture is another clear avidence of your qualifications.
gary91 (15347) 2006-05-21 16:52
Un très beau travail n&b, pour cette fête dont je n'ai malheureusement pas entendu parlé...
L'attitude de cette danceuse figée par la focale est vraiment superbe. Le flou d'arrière plan juste comme il faut...
Un vrai portrait d'école.
Vraiment du beau travail
jinju (14265) 2006-05-22 3:32
I like how busy this photo is but also how by using this shallow dof you bring some order to the photo and give us a real nice focus in the foreground. The tones of the b/w are fantastic
robiuk (10807) 2006-05-22 6:46
This looks at least 50 years old photo - great!
I like the moment of the woman's turning her head, her face expression and the bokeh.
Well done, Steven!
Albrecht (11279) 2006-05-22 15:28
Great compo and colourmode; good use of DOF and POV.
quillo (11850) 2006-05-22 19:44
Hola Steven, une photo intéressante avec des détails jolis avec dynamisme et un mouvement, mo'aime l'élection du B/N parce que je crois que l'expresividad de la danseur de samba est ainsi plus claire.
Bon travail amical, félicitations.
Vexxx (210) 2006-05-25 15:32
Perfect sharpness, DOF and great choice of b&w. Moment was captured just in time.
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2006-05-20
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L USM IS, Digital RAW, Hama UV 77 mm
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Brazilian parades in Paris, Dancing through Europe [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-21 7:35