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Mar 31, 2009, 1:16:38 PM
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Mequamia by Majnouna Mequamia by Majnouna
The mequamia is the ubiquitous Ethiopian prayer stick, which is used by elderly priests, monks, nuns and churchgoers, but also used during chanting and other liturgical events. The beautiful shape of the head is actually a single branch of a cross whose apices curl into "ram's head" shapes (reference to "the lamb of God), unique to the country.

This was shot in Debre Maryam on lake Tana. I was standing outside the circular church, which was dark except for the patch of light that came in through that particular window to illuminate the colorful wall and the sticks. As usual, light was an issue, and it took a number of shots to get a good composition and a reasonably sharp image :D

I do carry a small tripod with me when I travel but it's completely useless. I haven't had a single opportunity where I could afford the time to set up the tripod or had a suitable place to set it. So I'll just have to keep standing very still :lol:
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:iconblasterkid:
love this.

great pic, great colors, great composition.

fav!
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Majnouna Jun 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you :bow:
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S-sama May 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
The colors between the church and the prayer stick are perfect!! Lucky you for finding such a great shot. ^_^
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna May 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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:iconyoboseiyo:
oh, i've seen those prayer sticks before!
an old ethiopian bishop i met here once, he carried one. it was just as simple as this one, and just as gorgeous.

you captured it wonderfully.
yay for standing still!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Apr 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh, wicked!
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Zatona Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
nice object, i like the background too.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Apr 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
Merci beaucoup!
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:iconcoyoteflutesong:
Sounds like you need a monopod. They help you get a steady shot, and they're a lot quicker to set up and use than a tripod--they just won't stand up on their own like a tripod will.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Apr 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
There's not much point, in my opinion. If it doesn't stand up on its own, then it can't do anything I can't do myself, except annoy me :lol:
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