As I said in my previous post I spent Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in Braga to photograph some of the celebrations which took place as part of the Semana Santa (Easter Week).
Good Friday celebrations include a big mass followed by a procession held within the Cathedral (Sé de Braga) in the afternoon, and the Procissão do Enterro do Senhor at night. The common theme is the commemoration of the entombment of Jesus and the atmosphere is, expectedly, sad and mournful.
When I got back home from the procession I was a bit frustrated cause I thought I wasn’t able to bag any decent photo, so I downloaded the memory card on my laptop and let the files rest for a while in one of my external drives. When I got back to them yesterday I was surprised that I actually quite liked some of the images, so I started editing them in Lightroom.
As Easter week approached I kept trying to figure out which Easter celebrations, among those which were close-by, I could photograph. Yes, I’ve been quiet for too long after India, and I needed to dust off my camera. The options I pondered included Seville, in Spain, but in the end, for various reasons, I came to Braga, which is where I’m now.
Braga is in the north of Portugal, and has a strong Easter tradition, perhaps the strongest in the whole country. I’m glad I came here – it’s probably less crowded than Seville but its celebrations don’t seem less photogenic and intense – also Braga is a bit closer to Lisbon and I assume it’s less expensive.
Post-processing is a tricky and sometimes controversial part of the photographic process. While different photographers in different fields have different ideas on what is acceptable or not, it seems to me that there is a general agreement that post-processing should be thought of as a means of refining your images in a way that reflects how you saw the scene you photographed and (or) how you felt about it.
Although photographers shouldn’t over-rely on post-processing – after all post-processing can’t turn a bad image into a good one – clicking the shutter is just half the job. Our cameras are way less powerful than our brain and eyes, and scenes we’ve just photographed, no matter how great, rarely translate into their full potential until they’re skilfully post-processed.