by Othon Gonzales
May is the month with more holidays and celebrations in all the country; The 3rd is the day of the Holy cross all over Mexico, but here in Cozumel is very special because it was here at ” El Cedral ” where the first mass took place in 1519.
Later, in 1848, during the ” war of castas “, a Mayan group from Yucatan arrived the island and founded a plantation. They decided to organize a big party to thank for the food they received, every year, from the 2nd to the 5th of May.
For this, they invented along the years a very special dance called ” pool kekén ” ( head of the pig ) which is still celebrated nowadays. A man carrying on his head a tray with a head of a pig dances all the place with women grabbing colourful strips around him, dressed up in traditional costumes.
Around the year 2000 they included a county fair, with horse races, bull fights and a show of a rock star singer or a band to close the event.
If you like the crowds and interact with local people, go there next year !
Tati´s Photo tip:
For photographing the colorful traditional events in Cozumel consider using the “vivid” or “faithful” picture optimization for nicely saturated color.
Also working with a faster shutter-speed helps avoiding motion blur.
Congratulations to all participants! Scroll down to see the best entries:
Our 3 judges voted for Robyn Lynch McLain´entry as the best photo. This is indeed an adorable portrait of a baby´s face. It also received the most “likes” on our facebook page.
Paul Daniel Petock took this beautiful black and white photograph. This is a unusual pose for a very beautiful lady.
Paul Von der Heyden submitted the most creative picture for the subject Faces!
Do you see the face?
Thorsten Pressler caputred these 2 faces. Interesting composition of lines & colors
5, 6, 7 and 8
Animal´s faces! Our jury was thrilled by all entries – but liked the ones above the most. For their composition (“Rule of Thirds”), softness, color composition & narrow depth of field.
Another great shot from Robyn Lynch McLain. A unusual expression for a baby…but so cute.
Cordula Schmiedel & Bread Pit send in this one. Yes, also sculptures can make for interesting face photos. We liked that there was nothing distracting in the sculptures background.
Amy Cooper took this awesome portrait of her son. The idea to tone it sepia underlines his intense eyes.
To see the entire album with all entries please feel free to visit the Cozumel Photo Tour Photography Challenge:
More challenges to come.
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