If you follow me on facebook, you know my wife and I just spent a glorious two weeks in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Back when I was a daily poster, I'd be excited about my images and putting a series together here on the blog.
Now that I'm freed from daily posting, I'm still excited about the images, but I can do them whenever and in whatever order I want!
So I'm beginning with "the end!" And I did actually take this one on my last night.
PV is that kind of place where you and your love can literally walk down the beach to go to dinner at sunset. Highly recommended.
Was looking through my Mexico images and came across this one, taken in Atotonilco. A charming little town if there ever was one. And the church there is what the town is all about (see this post.)
But waiting to go in, there were several locals that were interesting. One couple that charges money to have their picture taken. Taking it all in, I noticed this nun slowly performing one of her daily chores. And I thought "how many days... years... and before her, someone doing the same..." Makes you think about how lives can be so different.
And I thought that some kind of very timeless photo treatment would be more appropriate. Something gentle and understated. In Topaz Black and White Effects, I once again used the Hand Tinted Chiffon preset, then worked with the vignette, and protect highlight/shadow sliders.
I am a bit uncomfortable with the composition, my main subject being dead in the middle of the frame. But I didn't want to minimize the scale of the building she's working in. In the end, sometimes being a little uncomfortable can be good.
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I have always loved this shot, taken in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Not classic street photography, but it certainly was. Capturing a single moment, that will never come again. Many people are exquisitely dressed during the Day of the Dead festivities.
She's certainly at the top of the list, everything about her so beautiful. I also find the way the Leica rendered the lighting to be very appealing.
Normally I would find the other people in the image a bit distracting, but in this case I find they add to the feel of the image. Perhaps this is only because I was there? What do you say?
Growing up, I always wished for a sister (in addition to brother of course!). But that didn't happen. So when the thoughts began of my own children, I definitely wanted a girl. And we got lucky and our first was a special little girl. And I still see her that way.
Second was a boy, and he of course is just as special. Valentine's day reminds me of passing cards in my own classrooms, and making the day special for my kids.
This image is one of my best from the recent Ixtapa trip. You'll note the small aperture - I was shooting long exposure shots when she caught my attention. Luckily the settings worked beautifully for me to capture two of my favorites: the Pacific Ocean, and someone's special Valentine girl.
[And happy Valentine's to you, faithful blog reader!]