Photographer's Note

This is on a square in front of the cathedral of Olinda. You can find additional information in my previous notes here and here. In fact the photo was taken on the same place of the StreetMusician posting, but just after the sun had set.

While looking for something fresh to drink at one of the stands in a street fair, I was attracted by the music of this duo, and specially by the instrument that the old man is playing. (This is why I preferred this one to other with a ‘front’ view of the musicians).

It was a Saturday evening and a lot of people walked around (mostly locals, since Olinda only has a few small ‘pousadas’, there are not many tourists in the nights) and the place was filled by the sound of different kinds of music (other street musicians and a dance club very close) and loud conversations, but this duo seemed to stand all over that.

After they finished playing I asked them if they had ever recorded anything, and they said that no, that they only made music for pleasure.

Olinda is not only part of the World Heritage (the old part of the city is very well preserved and has a very nice bohemian and relaxed atmosphere), but also considered (by mane Brazilians) to host the best carnival in Brazil. Even if rental and lodging prices soar during carnival days, it is almost impossible to find accommodation with months of advance.

I took the photo with very little light (sun had just set and the many trees interfered with the public lights, so I finally decided to convert to monochrome. After seeing the result, I also decided to apply a very light gaussian blur.

In the WS I included two bonus shots, one of the Olinda’s Cathedral, and other of street vendors, just in front of the church.

Hope you enjoy them.

Raw Capture at ISO 800 – f5.6 – 1/60s @ 50 mm – Post processing: raw conversion (DPP) to Jpg, and then cropping, conversion, contrast (curves), gaussian blur, USM, frame, and save for the web.

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