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The Edo traditional Hairdo ( Okuku)for traditional marriages. First comes the tradititonal wedding then the white wedding. This hairdo was done by Queens and Princesses of the Benin Kingdom.


The Edo traditional Hairdo ( Okuku)for traditional marriages. First comes the tradititonal wedding then the white wedding. This hairdo was done by Queens and Princesses of the Benin Kingdom.

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WOW! I wish I could catch these.
E Etomi: Maybe at my day smile
Wow! Fantastic stuff! I am so proud of our rich nigerian culture. Never a dull moment. Great pic!
E Etomi: Thanks Bella..we sure have interesting cultures
hey etomi,

what a terrific capture. not only is it extremely interesting and visually appealing, but it also conveys the richness of your culture.
E Etomi: Thanks Nicole
  • Oz
  • United States
  • 8 Aug 2006, 04:33 that Isi? amazing shot!
E Etomi: Yup, the newest bride in the family
  • Adura
  • London
  • 8 Aug 2006, 08:15
Done by the princesses and queens? Do you mean this person's (Isi,I am guessing) hair or they had these hairstyles?

Putting that aside, NICE!!!!
E Etomi: I don't know what kind of queens and princesses you have but ours don't work...lollll. I crack myself up. I meant to say 'carried by'...i dunno. This is not an english class!

Putting that aside, thanks Dury.
  • Temidayo
  • London
  • 8 Aug 2006, 09:49
This is serious business!!! Very colourful indeed
E Etomi: Thanks Temi! You should see the rest of the fam.
  • chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Aug 2006, 10:39
good angle, from behind, helps focus on the hair.
E Etomi: Thanks Chantal. You cant see the detail from the front.
  • sk
  • United States
  • 8 Aug 2006, 10:45
very nice capture, be sometimes careful as this shot seems a slightly out of focus. looking at ur exif data u shot at 1/13s, that WILL cause camera shake as it is a slow shutter speed and human beings cannot be completely still while shooting. Its best to shot at least 1/60 to prevent this, I can't even try and shoot at that shutter speed bcos i can't keep still, so I tend to shot at 1/80. I know i have yarned a lotta technical mumbo jumbo, if u have any further questions............... don't ask me..........only kidding ask away.
E Etomi: I had it on apperture priority...maybe I should have gone manual. A tripod would solve this issue though right? Thanks for the mini lesson. smile
  • incubus
  • Europe
  • 8 Aug 2006, 11:55
wow its funny how tradition varies in diff parts of the country!! Cool stuff E grin
E Etomi: Thanks incubus
  • debola
  • Nigeria
  • 8 Aug 2006, 12:25
So that's what it was....couldn't figure it out from the thumbnail. Women do go thru alot of stress
E Etomi: Don't they!! Lol
How long does it take to get this hair style done? I really like this shot, I wish it was a bit sharper though. And Eminem we have unfinished business
E Etomi: I hadn't arrived to see the process but im sure it takes a few hours. I'm not that great at indoor shots..yet. Yessss, we do.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Aug 2006, 13:11
All Asiko said.

This for me would have been a stonking stonking stonking STONKING shot if the settings where got right, AV when shooting indoors? WHY? Learn to do your indoor shots using manual settings, this is very important and people always miss this.

For me too blurry a shot.

E Etomi: Cos er I didnt know lolll. You learn something new everyday. Thanks smile
I like the red against the black hair, it contrasts so well! Must be a pain to get done though and as someone with a shaved head I can't imagine the trouble involved!!
E Etomi: You really can't. But it was a sign of royalty back then.
I can't get technical at all, but what an interesting picture! We want more of the wedding wink!
E Etomi: Thanks!! More coming this way
In any case, the subject is really interresting and quite unusual, that's why i'm ok with this picture ;-D
E Etomi: Merci!
  • Diya
  • Switzerland
  • 8 Aug 2006, 23:20
it is indeed a great subject, very nice contrasting colours and unforunatly the picture is out of focus, what a pitty!!! I agree with all Asiko and Suby said and i learn from your shot as well, thank you for that.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 9 Aug 2006, 15:13
It's good that you learned something through the focus issue on this shot. It was definitely a good attempt.
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Aug 2006, 20:35
Don't why, but the softness of the image works for me: gives it a vintage feel.
Indoors, under poor lighting and where a tripod isn't practical I shoot in shutter priority mode (Tv) setting it to between 1/20s to 1/30s. In most cases it leads to rather darkish shots, but better that than nothing at all.
  • Isowa
  • United States
  • 9 Aug 2006, 22:27
Wow this is beautiful!! I love the colors. I'm a bini girl so I am feeling everything. ;-) Good one!
  • nosa alile
  • new york
  • 27 Sep 2006, 18:24
i love this.........cant wait to wear mine

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