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A Joyful Noise

A Joyful Noise
Photograph by Susie Post Rust

Exuberant drumbeats punctuate virtually every Garífuna celebration and evoke African and South American roots. Herded aboard ships in West Africa and destined for slave labor in Central America, a group of Garífuna forebears wrecked off the island of St. Vincent in 1635. There they blended with Carib Indians, immigrants from South America, to form the Garífuna culture. The Garífuna eventually fanned out along the Central American coast. In Trujillo, Honduras (above), Garífuna people from all along the coast take to the streets each April 12 to celebrate Arrival Day—the coming to the mainland.



Camera: Nikon N90S
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: Nikkor 20-35mm zoom with Nikon A2 filter
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/4.5
Weather Conditions: Bright sunshine
Time of Day: Late morning
Lighting Techniques: Available light

Special Equipment or Comments:
This photo was takem in the middle of a bright sunny morning. It involves what I would normally consider difficult light because it’s such highly contrasted image. I like the way that Provia 100 looks in this type of light. When the overall situation doesn’t have wonderful light, I try to look for pockets within that situation where the light will add to, rather than take away from, the image. I exposed for the man’s face and the drums, which were in the shade. I didn’t worry about the shirt on the right being overexposed because the man and the drum were the focal points.


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