August 25, 2014

A Devilish Display

Photograph by Anibal Trejo, National Geographic Your Shot

Firecrackers douse raucous revelers in a steady stream of sparks during a celebration of Correfoc, or “fire runs,” in Sant Quintí de Mediona, Spain. A Catalan tradition, the festival features groups of participants known as "devils" running wild among the narrow streets, igniting fireworks along the way.

“The shooting conditions are really dangerous for the photographer,” writes Your Shot photographer Anibal Trejo. “I had to protect myself to avoid burnings, dressing up with long sleeves, protective glasses, a hat, handkerchief, and even gloves.”

Trejo’s picture recently appeared in the Your Shot assignment How Close Can You Get?

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55 comments
Mei F.
Mei F.

This is an OMG shot for me. Your idea, preparation, and result are superb. It paid off to be observant as a habit.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Thank you David,for your insight,I appreciate it.  j.e.s.......

Drew Hopper
Drew Hopper

Incredible capture - one of the best Correfoc photos I've ever seen. I really want to experience it for myself. 

Shannon T
Shannon T

Thanks for risking all that for this awesome shot.

Sonny Koo
Sonny Koo

nice photo and nice moment .... but why process ?

Mairead K.
Mairead K.

Powerfully beautiful photo! You nailed the assignment!

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Tuti Hadiati
Tuti Hadiati

Something ordinary when viewed from an artis it would be incredible

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

And this is called a celebration? I grant the picture is a good one, but at what cost? Like being in a war zone, is what I think, and just as dangerous.  j.e.s.........

Nina Barcelona
Nina Barcelona

Congratulations, @Anibal Trejo! It's nice to see a tradition like this through an external eye, as I am very used to it I'm not always risking that much to get an spectacular picture like this :)

Anibal Trejo
Anibal Trejo

Hey @Drew Hopper ... thank for dropping by... any summer months around all Catalonia you can easily find this celebrations... let me know if you come around.. :)

Anibal Trejo
Anibal Trejo

Hi @Sonny Koo ! Process it's almost inevitable in this type of shoots. The differences between the highlights and the shadows makes really difficult to obtain detail across all the frame. And everything goes really fast since you are shooting bursting firecrackers. The first second is complete darkness, then it's even brighter than the sun... and you have to try to capture the moment in the middle.

Anibal Trejo
Anibal Trejo

All you have to do is come to Catalonia province during summer months,  @Yolanda Patterson and you will have plenty of chances.. .:)

Anibal Trejo
Anibal Trejo

Hi @Joy Saldanha ! First, thanks for your comment. And second: Yes it's a little bit dangerous since the firecrackers explodes really close, but with the correct protection, you reduce the possible injuries to almost none. It's been 4 years since I've started shooting this kind of celebrations and only once i suffered one small burn in my hand... the one holding the camera. And one more thing... this performances take place among very crowded streets, and I never saw anybody being injured.

David Pulido Garcia
David Pulido Garcia

@Joy Saldanha Please, I understand that look so dangerous, but Joy, it isn't so dangerous and by the way it not seems a war zone. This kind of fireworks are barelly dangerous, even most of our kids take part in the celebration, sometimes as a little devils groups o "colles" as we call.

In this video you will see a "colla" with childrens from 6 to 14 years old https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic_bupRdR80


If you want to view more, make a search on youtube with the tag "Colla de diables"


Best regards

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