Photographer's Note

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
Aperture: 5,6
Exposure mode: Av
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Continuous: frame 1
ISO: 100
Lens: 17 to 40mm
Focal length: 19mm
AF mode: AI Focus AF
Image size: 3504 x 2336
Image quality: Raw
White balance: Auto
Saturation: High
Sharpness: High2
Contrast: High2
Tone: Normal

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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