X-Pro1 shoots Día de los Muertos

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X-Pro1 shoots Día de los Muertos
Nov 1, 2012

The Mexican Day of the Dead – Dia de los Muertos is a festive and celebrative time. It is a holiday with a complex history and fusion of old traditions. This view of death started with Meso–American cultures such as the Olmecs more than 3,000 years ago.

Meso–Americans believed that during this time of the year, the boundaries that separate the living and the dead weaken and that the deceased could visit the living.

Many immigrants, especially the Oaxacan community, have brought these traditions with them. Non-Mexicans are learning that Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of life and death that speaks to everyone who has lost somebody.

My local festival is held at the Catholic Mission in Oceanside, and is very well attended - with tributes to the deceased, traditional dancing, mexican food, and many people dressed as skeletons and sugar skulls.

Skull Sculpture and offering of Milk

Tributes to the deceased

Leche and Pan de los Muertos offerings

Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum

Sugar Skull Masks

Mariachi Guitars

Sugar Skull

Dia de Los Muertos Skeleton

Dia de Los Muertos Skeleton

Half Sugar Skull

All Aglow

For the shots at the shines, I hand metered the exposure, and used an 3 stop ND filter to allow me to shoot wide open in full sunlight. I just had to add a 3 stop offset to the meter to compensate for the ND filter on the camera.

This allowed me 1/4000 f/1.4 ISO200 in full sun.

For the people shots, I used EF-X20 fill flash, still with the ND filter fitted, as this kept the shutter speed within range for flash sync. I mostly backed the flash off -1/3Ev to avoid an overtly 'flash' look.

All shots are with the 35mm f/1.4 lens on the X-Pro1.

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