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Photograph by David Alan Harvey

In the rural Bahian town of São Sebastião do Passé a daring young rider gets a tenuous grip before flipping a steer with his bare hands at a vaquejada, Brazil’s version of a rodeo. The town lies in cattle country that stretches away from the hot and humid coastal region of sugar and coffee plantations. Bahia’s semiarid outback is studded with shrubs and cactuses. Cattle producers boost productivity with center-pivot irrigation, greening up huge circular pastures to satisfy Brazilians’ hunger for grass-fed beef.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Leica M-6
Film Type: Fuji Velvia
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/50 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: When working in bright midday sunlight, you must watch very carefully where the light will fall. Here I was anticipating light and shadow.

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