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Wordless Wednesday

Dreaming of Rio

Dreaming of Rio

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RIP: Oscar Niemeyer

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

Humanity needs dreams to be able to survive the miseries of daily existence, if even if only for a minute.” – Oscar Niemeyer

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer died today at the age of 104.   I was lucky enough to see several of his works of Art while in Brazil this past summer.

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

Abandoned hotel in Sao Conrado designed by Niteroi.

Abandoned hotel in Sao Conrado designed by Niteroi.

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Wordless Wednesday

This little boy makes me smile every time I see this picture in my catalog.

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Wordless Wednesday

Shifting sands of Jericoacoara, Brazil

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Wordless Wednesday

I just discovered a trend in blogging that might help me do a better job of updating my blog on a regular basis.  It is called Wordless Wednesday.  It involves posting a picture that speaks for itself.  No descriptions or captions needed.   This cuts down on the pressure to write, and keeps the focus on the images themselves.

So, all I will tell you about this picture is the location: Amazonas, Brazil.

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Editing Part 3: Narrowing down the Choices

This is my final choice from the edit of this series of shots.

The phases of editing may be different for different projects and different people.  I’m very deadline driven, and since I have no hard deadline on editing the pictures from Brazil, I admit to letting other aspects of my life take over.  I also find that part of my process, is to take a break from the images and let them “marinate” in my mind.  I might visit them from time to time to flip through them,  and  add some keywords and captions or rate a few images higher or lower than my initial rating.   When I find myself thinking about certain images at random moments, then I know that those have some quality that has resonated with me.

The images shown here were taken at a Quadrilha Dance Competition at the Mercado dos Pinhoes in Fortaleza, Brazil.  The best translation I can find for Quadrilha is “square dance.”  Like square dances in the US, there is someone calling out the moves, although for these performances, I’m sure they were choreographed.  This series of images are ones that have stuck with me. Maybe it’s the colors, maybe it’s the movement, maybe it was the event itself, I’m not sure, but I do know that these have become my favorite images from my time in Brazil. (Hover your mouse over the images to see them larger, or click on any of the images to go a gallery.)

I was entranced by the color and movement of the dancers dresses. It was a sea of color, I shot several images from this point of view, working with different shutter speeds and framing to capture the essence of the energy of the dancers.  These three frames were taken within seconds of each other, and I’ve been trying to decide which is “the one” that will be the final edit.  I spent some time going back and forth on my opinion, but after printing some proof prints, I decided on the large image featured at the top of blog. The differences are subtle, so what is it about this image that makes it my choice?  For me, it’s the line of the dancer’s body, and shape made by the swirl of the dress.  I also like how the one embroidered flower is just a little bit sharper than the other flowers. The flower acts as a focal point, drawing the eye to the sharpest point in the frame, then the lines of the dancers arm, and the ruffle of the dress lead the viewers eye around to the rest of the image.

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