Pechanga Powwow 2012 (1 of 2)

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Canon 5D Mark III, 70-200mm f/4 IS USM at 70mm, f/4 for 1/800 at ISO 100

Every year the Pechanga Band of Indians has a Powwow that features performers from all across the United States and Canada. I was interested in checking this event out for not only the photographic opportunities, but also the cultural ones. I came away with not only some nice photos, but also a glimpse into Native American culture.

Shooting at the Powwow proved to be a challenge due to the way the “stage” was arranged. Essentially, there was a ring of tents where the performers were preparing with the inside of the ring serving as the stage. Therefore it was difficult to get a clean shot of the various performers without getting distracting multi-colored tents in the frame.

In the above photograph, I shot upwards using the clear blue sky as a background to the woman’s colorful attire. The front of her face is kissed by the midday sun while the rest of her face falls into slight shadow.

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