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It's not a panama , it's a...

It's not a panama , it's a...
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Copyright: Carol Dorion (CAROL50) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 853 W: 113 N: 2287] (8960)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-28
Categories: Artwork, Abstract, Mood
Camera: Sony DSC-H50
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-14 9:52
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
... montecristi ! For well over 100 years , Ecuador has endured the world mistakenly crediting another country ( Panama ) with its most famous export----the panama hat .To any Ecuadorian the panama hat is a toquilla-straw hat and to the connoisseur it's a Montecristi named after the most famous hat-making town of all in Ecuador , indeed it's not a panama hat !
The origin of this misnomer--surely one of the world's greatest--dates back to the 1800s when Spanish entrepreners quick to recognize the unrivalled quality of the toquilla straw began exporting them via Panama. During the 19th century workers on the Panama canal used these light and durable hats to protect themselves from the tropical sun and helped solidify the association with Panama. There goes the story, so the panama hat comes from Ecuador not from Panama !
The hats are handmade and fall into 4 categories ,graded by the density of their weaves : standard , superior , fine and superfine . Most hats we see in markets are standard or superior , the least quality . For the record , if you hold a real 'superfine ' to the light you shouldn't see a single hole, the best of them will hold water and some are so finely woven and so pliable that they can supposedly be rolled and pulled through a man's ring ! Price for the best hats can reach $500 !
Iso 80 , f/8 1/200s , ambient light , highlight and contrast adjusted , a little saturation added to the hats , sharpened, framed ,

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To dareco: Thanks Karen !CAROL50 1 06-15 14:27
To RSK: Thanks RonCAROL50 1 06-14 17:12
To messenger1: Thanks SandyCAROL50 1 06-14 17:03
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  • chendis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 558 W: 186 N: 980] (6473)
  • [2009-06-14 9:57]

Hi Carol!
grate shot and interesting note
u managed the light perfectly
sharp and details are impressive!



Hi Carol,
it looks interesting but i think a tighter crop (to focus more on the hats) may have worked better.
Best regards, Daniel

Hi Carlo,
Nice capture of hat display. Good POV and composition. Nice colors and play of light & shadow. TFS - Regards - Adil.

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  • zomik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 56 N: 314] (3599)
  • [2009-06-14 11:34]

Hello Carol,
very nice composition, the lighting great used, the good sharpness.
Very much it appeals to me:)

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-06-14 11:53]
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Wow,great use of the natural light Carol,I like the sharpness foregropund to background,great deatilas & composition an excellent image .

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  • Niva Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1121 W: 2 N: 877] (11866)
  • [2009-06-14 12:38]

Full of art ! A very charming composition!
Bravo Carol!

Hi Carol, I love this kind of shot! I presume this was taken in a hat store. Love the natural light, and the way it falls on the table and floor, and across the hats. Great perspective also. Fantastico!
And the story .. well that's just the icing on the cake!! Very interesting. Who knew that these hats really came from Ecuador? I didn't!
Great shot my friend.
Hope you're having a great day!

Hello, Carol -
It's a day for clothing displays - this is a great image! Love the POV looking down the long table. The sunlight in the otherwise darkened room is an interesting way to have these great hats illuminated for the shot. I imagine this must be the interior of a store, maybe taken on a day when it was not open for business? You show the wonderful colors and textures of the hats so well. Nice work, and informative note.

ciao Carol..
thanks a lot for your interesting note!! i didnt knew it.. and it's really intriguing to understand how many misunderstandings history could have!.. ;))
i really like the pov you have taken.. sight is really depth.. and it gives the strange impression to enter in a real temple.. light is sublime and increse the mood..
effective and truly interesting capture!
my compliments
ciao Marco

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2009-06-14 20:44]
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My question is WHERE did you take this? In a museum? WOW!! I love this!! The lighting was perfect as is the composition. Awesome!! TFS

Hello Carol

I like the trail of hats that stay in focus. This is well done in Composition, DOF, and POV. Excellent work and story.


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