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Canastra Cheese

Canastra Cheese
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Copyright: Alexandre Baptista (gervaso) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3583 W: 18 N: 5924] (24101)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-11-25
Categories: Daily Life, Food
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3, Canon EF 50mm 1:1.8 II
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Cheese, Food Markets, Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2017-11-25 6:41
Viewed: 3365
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Portuguese]
Back to Belo Horizonte, an image that is part of my daily life, taken in the Central Market, very near home and the place where I work.

Canastra cheese is a type of Brazilian cheese produced in one of seven municipalities in the Serra da Canastra region of Minas Gerais: Bambuí, Delfinópolis, Medeiros, Piumhi, São Roque de Minas, Vargem Bonita and Tapiraí.

The climate, altitude, native pastures and the waters of Serra da Canastra give this cheese a unique flavor: strong, midly spicy, dense and full bodied. In May 2008, Canastra cheese was declared Brazilian Intangible Cultural Heritage, a title granted by IPHAN, the Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage.

Canastra cheese can be consumed fresh, cured or half cured, as the ones in the photo, with at least one week of maturation. As the days go by, it acquires a beautiful golden color and stiffens from the outside inward. It's good company for a cold beer, cachaça or red wine.

All Rights Reserved: Alexandre Baptista Copyright. Use in any form is forbidden without the written permission of the photographer.

Direitos Autorais Reservados: A presente fotografia é obra intelectual protegida pela Lei 9.610/1.998, sendo proibida a reprodução por qualquer meio sem a prévia autorização por escrito do autor. Favor contatar Alexandre Baptista.

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To emka: Cachaçagervaso 1 2017-11-26 06:09
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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9600 W: 57 N: 16384] (60548)
  • [2017-11-25 6:51]

Hello Alexandre,
Good close-up photo of these piles of small round cheeses. I really like to see the market in the blurry background. There are some nice different tones of yellow throughout the photo.

Ola Alexandre,
Sights like this reminding Holland, Italia and France, but of course in Brazil there are people who, like myself love cheese.
I have no idea if 22.9 Real$ is expensive - but it looks delicious at any price...
Bom fim de semana,

Bonjour Alexandre,

Cela à l'air bien bon. J'ai un gros faible pour le fromage, surtout avec un bon verre de vin. J'aime beaucoup le point de vue ainsi que le choix de la profondeur de champs.



Hello Alexandre,
The sharp image of the large round cheeses make an attractive foreground, and that includes the hand written sign. We get an interesting view of people and goods in the background but the well managed narrow DOF makes the cheeses jump at us and really dominate the view. I love cheese and would like to try this kind, but it is most probably not for sale here. I will have my beer or red wine without Canastra cheese. That's all right too.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14772 W: 1051 N: 30223] (141791)
  • [2017-11-25 7:33]

Hello Alexandre,

Cheese is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Brazil but kudos to you for breaking the cliched stereotypes! Good sharpness and repetition. Tfs!

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled, dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast i ostrina, lepe boje.
Lep kackavalj, nadam se da je ukusan za jelo.
Zelim vam lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.

Good day.
Nice view, good text ...
Beautifully shown, good contrast and sharpness, nice colors.
Nice cheese, I hope it's tasty to eat.
I wish you a nice day, all the best for a weekend, happy.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10209 W: 161 N: 16898] (129581)
  • [2017-11-25 12:34]

Witaj Alexandre!
Nice scene from daily life.
Good frame and composition.
Excellent sharpness and depth.
Well done.
Have a good weekend.

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2017-11-25 13:28]

Ola Alexandre,
nice the close up view of these stacks of Canastra cheese,with the blur backdrop of the seller to brings out the details of them.


Hi Alex
Nice tight shot benefits from a more even light, really pulls out every bit of detail and adds a nice warmth to the image. Wonder how long one of those cheeses would last in a normal household?
Best regards

Hello Alexandre.
A very interesting note to accompany this very nice daily life scene. I had never thought of Brazil being a cheese producing country. Your note made it sound delicious. I like the photo, which has a nicely blurred cheese merchant in the background behind the sharply captured rounds of cheese. I worked out the exchange rate through my currency converter, and the price is equivalent to $9.50 in Australian currency or US$7.10. That is very cheap for a good cheese, but of course we have to consider the comparative costs of living.

Hi Alexandre,
Well presented this shop, good frame and sharpness management, interesting about this cheese that we would like to taste ...

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10619 W: 146 N: 26757] (128339)
  • [2017-11-25 23:44]
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Hello Alexandre, Nice to view something from your everyday life. What a pity we can't taste this original cheese. I am sure it is delicious. And what is cachaça? I suppose it is also alcoholic drink, so not for me. Nice picture. I haven't noticed this cheese in Brazil. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regrad s MAlgo

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24936 W: 520 N: 42035] (180190)
  • [2017-11-26 5:35]

Hello Alexandre,

A nice picture with all the cheese dumpling in foreground.
An excellent composition with fantastic colours too.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice Sunday,

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10389 W: 174 N: 18540] (82599)
  • [2017-11-26 6:51]


dias atrás meus pais trouxeram uma metade desse queijo para casa, caríssimo! mas delicioso. me lembrei quando meu pai os vendia, bem curados, aos montes no balcão de sua loja. Isso há muito tempo, quando eu era menino. Na verdade eram mais usados para serem ralados e colocados no macarrão.
bela foto contrastando as grandes pilhas de queijo e o vendedor.



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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3588 W: 0 N: 8388] (59347)
  • [2017-11-26 8:58]

Delicious, something for me, I am a cheese lover, I can even small it :)
regards Ryszard

Hi Alexandre,

The blurred bacground is creating depth. The point of view is showing the details of the Canastra cheese. The light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Bonjour, cher ami Alexandre,
Après avoir lu avec intérêt la note d'accompagnement, j'ai bien envie de goûter à ces différents fromages.
J'en ai l'eau à la bouche. Miam, miam !

Hola Alexandre.
Una vista que recrea la vista y nos gustaria que el paladar, con esas pilas de quesos que tienen tan buena pinta, que lo disfrutes....
Una imagen para disfrutar, con su hermoso colorido, gran luminosidad y perfecta nitidez, ya que el sabor no nos llega.
Feliz inicio de semana.
Saludos muy cordiales.

Hello Alexandre, one of my favourite foods, but I have never tasted this variety; is it from the milk of cows?
A very interesting shot, well composed with the sharp focus on the cheeses, and a good blurred bg of the seller and the market. I like the inclusion of the hand written sign.
Regards Jean.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14379 W: 0 N: 16314] (174773)
  • [2017-11-27 8:47]


Superbe scène et vue quel vendueur de fromage et ocmpo quelle iamge avec lui en flou en fond et ces étalages dee fromage sueprbe.
bravoe t amitié

Ciao Alexandre, lovely and original composition with a lot of cheese, fine details, excellent clarity and splendid colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Lidka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 398 W: 108 N: 906] (527)
  • [2017-11-28 1:33]

Dear Alexandre!
Amazing work.
Fine idea.
Very fine point of view.
Perfect exposure and capture.
Ideal contrast and sharpness.
Ideal DOF.
Good information.
Sophisticated composition.
Well done!

Hello Alexandre
This picture deserves an honourable mention. You perfectly used all the artistic possibilities of the scene. The sharp contours of the tasteful round, yellow cheese and the sign with the name and price of it and the blurred background with the guy with cap.
Splendid. Have a nice day. Groet Rob

Hi Alexandre,
I would really like to try it someday.
The color is quite extraordinary. It looks more like a butter.
Lovely reportage showing a characteristic local food.
Very well done,

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4268 W: 2 N: 7337] (35776)
  • [2017-11-28 15:05]

Hello Alexandre,
Wonderful close-up photo of these cheeses.
Perfect exposure, fine composition and excellent colors.
Nice presentation.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16066 W: 159 N: 28010] (147264)
  • [2017-11-28 23:18]

Hola Alexandre
Super avant plan avec les blocs de fromages, netteté excellente sur un fond flou , belle réalisation
Belle journée

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12184 W: 126 N: 21980] (112225)
  • [2017-11-29 2:06]

Ciao Alex,a very artistic composition from the market of your city. I like a lot cheese and this seems very very delicious! Original perspective and interesting note about this product,well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hola Alexandre,

interesante imagen con los quesos, me gusta la composición con las personas detrás difuminadas, es una manera original de presentarlo, bien visto,

Un saludo,


Hello Alexandre

A wonderful close-up of these cheeses. The round shapes creates an interesting pattering in the foreground. The nice blurred background adds depth and give us an impression of the busy shop. Excellent:) Thanks.

Greetings, Erling

Hello Alexandre,
A great close-up of these piles of cheeses, it makes you want to eat them!
Thanks for sharing.

Hello Alexandre,

This is a market scene that many of us will have witnessed, with lovely, home produced products, fresh and ready for sale.
You have really shown your photographic skills by choosing this shallow dof, which focuses attention directly on the products, yet provides an informative b/g, which does not detract in any way.

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

Hello Alexandre,
Now, i'm hungry for some cheese! I love the selective focus, this is a lovely capture!

Ola Alexandre,
Muchas gracias por esta toma muy interesante. Fotos de mercados son agradables y nos aprende mucho sobre la cultura de la poblaciòn.
Buen POV, con los quesos apetitosos en primo plano, sobre el fondo borroso.
La foto y la nota nos hacen querer probar esta especialidad :-)

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2665 W: 0 N: 3149] (21158)
  • [2017-12-04 6:23]

Ola Alexandre Eventhough your picture is mouth-watering, at the very sight of so much wheels of cheese, even a non-lover of dairy products can catch kidney stones!! Judicious use of blur at backdrop. Abraços

Olá, Alexandre!

Foto muito bonita desse ótimo queijo! A nitidez é perfeita e o foco nos queijos, deixando o fundo embaçado, ficou bem legal. Bela foto!

Hola Alexandre, muy buena fotografía de esta bonita e interesante composición con los interesantes quesos, muy bien captada en esta bonita imagen, con buena nitidez, luz, color y calidad. Muy buen e interesante trabajo perfectamente realizado, mis felicitaciones amigo mio. Gracias por compartir este bonito trabajo.

Buena tarde y feliz semana.
Mejores deseos desde el sur de España.

Queijo, e muito bom pelo sinal. Excelente composição, mostrando bem as cores e a textura do queijo no primeiro plano e o pessoal trabalhando lá no fundo, bem no clima do Mercado Central. E valorizando um grande produto do nosso querido estado de Minas Gerais. Ótimo trabalho!

Olá Alexandre,
bonita imagem desses queijos mesmo, as cores e a iluminação ficou ótima aqui, assim como o desfoque do fundo. Belo trabalho.
Parabéns e Abraço,

Gosto muito desta composição Alexandre.
Bem observado.
Engraçado o nome do queijo. Aqui é conhecido, tal como no Brasil, com o nome de um jogo apenas.

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