Photographer's Note

Eh! Maravilha

In Sao Paulo the samba school Mancha Verde allowed us to shoot the preparation, rehearsaland execution of the Carnaval parade. An unique occasion which was arranged by Isabel. It was a very rare occasion that a samba school fully opened up this way and it was a great experience.

Unlike some other parts in Brazil, the carnival parade is not on the streets – it’s held on the Sambodromo, a giant elongated arena with a length of 1500 m.
The samba schools form the core of the carnival – some 21 school go on parade in Sao Paulo. The size varies between 2500-4500 members and they all started out as fan clubs of soccer clubs. Mancha Verde has 3000 members and is connected to Palmeiras which in its turn is connected to the Paulistanos (people from Sao Paulo) from Italian origin.

This pic is shot in the Cachaçaria, the base of Manche Verde, during a rehearsal. Displayed here is a flag bearer – very important in the carnival ritual.

In the WS a pic of two much younger flag bearers.

Eh! Maravilha is a track of Ivete Sangalo, from her 2005 hit compilation “As Super Novas”. Ivete is the queen of Axé, the carnival music of Bahia.

That night was the first time I shot the group and using the big external Speedlite flashgun with its big flash didn’t feel right. So I adjusted my modus operandi: I switched to1600 ASA and throttled down the built in flash considerably, also to get an ambient feel and some motion blur.
PCS2 tech: cropped, altered the saturation, contrast, curves and levels for the whole pic and some elements separately, ran Noiseware, USM-ed , added a frame and saved for the web.

exif data

Camera Manufacturer : Canon
Camera Model : Canon EOS 30D
Exposure time [s] : 1/10
F-Number : 5.6
Exposure program : Aperture priority (3)
ISO speed ratings : 1600
Date taken : 2007:02:11 03:21:28
Exposure bias value : -2/3
Metering mode : Evaluative, Multi-segment (5)
Focal length [mm] : 136 mm (35 mm equiv)
Colour space : sRGB
image width : 3504
image length : 2336
Contrast : Normal
Saturation : High
Sharpness : Normal

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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