Photographer's Note

Ouro Preto is a colonial town, the biggest one during the gold rush in Brazil. The number of Catholic churches in the city shows the church prestige and its importance at the period. Each professional order or rich family tended to build a church as a sign of its welthness and prestige. The patios of those churches have 'withnessed' many generations passing by and leasuring around. The girls on the picture were doing what many students from all the times are used to do in Ouro Preto - to enjoy its beautiful streets and public areas talking together, discussing politics or singing. Students are part of Ouro Preto scenery since the imperial times whem the Emperor Dom Pedro I authorized the construction of a Mine Engeneering College 1876 by the Emperor Dom Pedro I. Still today the University has many of the nicest colonial houses rented to the students. The called 'republics' (student houses) are among the most live and famous of Brazil. The city holds many festival among them the Winter Festival which had just finished the day I visit the town.
The church we see on the picture is the Nossa Sr. do Carmo, built betwen 1766 e 1772 in Baroque style.

This is the last picture from my serie of this city. The result on the sky was quite strange once I got a kind of halo effect and a lot of dust due to the high f value. Any tips to correct the problem will be more tham welcome.ISO 200

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