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Feeling the Beat
Photograph by David Alan Harvey

Iridescent Carnival dancers moving to the beat of Afro-Brazilian music add sizzle to the streets of Salvador, capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. Nearly the size of Texas, Bahia holds the roots of the Brazilian nation. Portuguese conquerors arrived here in the 16th century and soon imported captives from Africa to work plantations of sugarcane, tobacco, and coffee. Wealth generated by their labors helped make Salvador Brazil’s first capital. Today this coastal city swells with more than two million people.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: Fuji Velvia
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/1.4
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Middle of the night
Lighting Techniques: I used a small flash, and a slow shutter speed to combine available light with flash.

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