Voladores de Papantla (Dance of the Flyers) in Tlaquepaque, Mexico

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by ztryfe, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. ztryfe

    ztryfe TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 19, 2014
    Blatantly stolen description from Wikipedia

    The Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers), or Palo Volador (Pole Flying), is an ancient Mesoamerican ceremony/ritual still performed today, albeit in modified form, in isolated pockets in Mexico. It is believed to have originated with the Nahua, Huastec and Otomi peoples in central Mexico, and then spread throughout most of Mesoamerica. The ritual consists of dance and the climbing of a 30-meter (98 foot) pole from which four of the five participants then launch themselves tied with ropes to descend to the ground. The fifth remains on top of the pole, dancing and playing a flute and drum.

    I caught one of these performances yesterday, when showing around my town to family visiting from the US, a lots of jaws dropped and even more pictures were taken.

    Prep work:
    19033990612_fc2283429e_b. Voladores pt1 by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    Volador that stays up, climbs to the pole

    18419739213_ce3a44076b_b. Voladores pt2 by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    And does this:

    19053014132_159263d813_b. DSC00876 by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    Moments later, this is the scene:

    18872418319_ec51026111_b. DSC00910 by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    These are the expressions:

    18852782030_2a5c6ffc58_b. Voladores pt4 by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    And this is the conclusion:

    19044407095_d1ecbc660d_b. Voladores pt5, landing! by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    I am super happy about the last pic! It came through quite good, super sharp, right on the moment and with (to me) perfect composition.

    All taken with my newly acquired SEL55210 and a NEX-5R.

    And yes, I had some Tequila Exposure Compensation going!
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  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA

    You know, I've tried messing with that setting. But it never seems to improve my photos. :D 
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  3. ztryfe

    ztryfe TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 19, 2014
    Reviewing the post, seems it makes some of mine "need more post processing" and other turn amazing.

    I definitely need more practice with that exposure mode :D 
  4. Nexnut

    Nexnut TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Lovely set there! Looking forward to seeing some more images from Mexico.
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  5. Zanner

    Zanner TalkEmount Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 19, 2013
    Wisconsin, USA
    I witnessed this at Xcaret when we were there on our honeymoon years ago. It was very awesome to watch!
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  6. ztryfe

    ztryfe TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 19, 2014
    I've seen the Xcaret show, also on my honeymoon, I am happy you got to see this, its one of the most unique cultural expressions from Mexico.
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  7. Pitter

    Pitter TalkEmount Veteran

    An interesting and very well done set and I really appreciate posts like yours that include descriptive information.
  8. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Those guys are crazy. :) 
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