¡Hasta luego!

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Today is our day in Guanajuato City. In the two months that Flemming and I have been here, its color has intensified by the day, until even my dreams are washed in this glorious palette. Until we meet again.

Viernes Santo en Guanajuato, México

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Flemming and I found ourselves inadvertently attending Good Friday mass at the plaza of Templo de San Roque. This loosely triangular plaza in front of the crumbling church, has permanent seats and theatre lights in place for outdoor performances. It also happens to be a great place to hang out in the late afternoons, when the shadows lengthen and throw sections of the plaza into deep shade, without hampering the colour and texture of the rest. It was the first of many favourite spots which Flemming and I found to shoot in Guanajuato, and one we find ourselves going back to. It was on one of these returns that we found ourselves a part of the congregation during Easter mass, while a plaster Christ was being pulled up against the Templo walls during the reenactment of the Crucifixion. Being the …

Nik picking

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A couple of days ago, Google released their Nik Collection for free. Download it here if you haven’t already. I’ve not used any of the Nik modules much, which means I’ve been going nuts with it in the past couple of days. It is not lost on me: the irony of shooting with with the latest and greatest Fuji technology, with its top of the line dynamic range, tonal control, clarity, sharpness etc, only to reduce my images to some old analog hell… using equally sophisticated software. I am having all kinds of horrendous fun. The ability to wreak havoc on the pictures I shoot, was mostly the reason I got into photography, when digital made it accessible. If I had a printer handy, I’d be surrounded by all sorts of strange crap made from what was …

On focus

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“A kind of light spread out from [him]. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.” ― John Steinbeck, East of Eden          

Building blocks

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I haven’t stopped shooting since I’ve been in Guanajuato. The UNESCO Heritage Listed city itself is unbelievably beautiful, with that gorgeous colonial architecture framing an exhilarating assemblage of shapes and colors. It is impossible to ignore and for anyone who is visually inclined, an unending pleasure. Most of all, it’s impossible to ignore the binary play of light and shadow, where tone is all but lost to the camera’s eye before the long twilight sets in. A little bit of camera talk: the X-Pro 2 All pictures in this post were made with the pre-production X-Pro 2, now running production firmware. [Original, review and images here] I’ve been using it continuously since I got to North America in January, to Flemming‘s detriment, as this unit was meant for us both to share. The mildly stricken look on my face when I have to use anything else though, eventually led him to graciously declare that …