Aug 012011
 

Hungry, we stopped in a little town in the middle of the Yucatan Jungle, Santa Elena. A main street, a few souls walking here and there and the impression that nothing ever happened in this town. It resulted not all that true …

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All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux

Jul 312011
 

A series of shots taken on our way to the beach, 30km away from Merida. It sometimes felt like settings straight out of Isabel Allende’s books.  (click on pictures for high res)

All pictures taken with Sigma DP2

Jul 302011
 

Three of these six shots taken today at the Merida market are candids (I did not ask for permission and the subject did not pause). Can you find them ? Post you answers (A,B,C,D,E or F) in the comments section, I’ll give the answer tomorrow.  (click on pictures for high res)

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Jul 292011
 

So you just uploaded on Flickr that great shot you took today. And surprise, after a few hours and a hundred views, there is only one comment (and your mother wrote it). What is then happening ? It seems that you are slowly sliding towards the “I am a misunderstood artist” category. Wait, and more seriously, here are a three reasons why your pictures are as not as good as you think:

I) You took it. It might seem obvious but the fact that you are the creator of a picture supposes an immediate bias. The picture is the result of your craft and action, and like a newborn son,  it can only be the prettiest.

The picture below has many technical faults. Nevertheless I know what it took to get it and therefore I like it. (click on pictures for high res)

II) A picture depicts a split moment in time. To the opposite of the viewers, you experienced the whole scene with its noises, smells, movement. You also witnessed the context of the picture , what happened before and after, and you probably enjoyed a 360 view of where it was taken. Inconsciously, your mind will take all these elements into account and recreate the full experience of that moment in time. It is not the picture in itself that looks good, but the memory of a moment in time.

The shot below was taken at the San Juan de Ulua in Veracruz. Unless you know the detailed history of this fort (the first built by the Spaniards when they conquest Mexico), the picture will be difficult to understand and appreciate.

III) The picture creation process emerges from a mix of your education, experiences and tastes. It is a very complex blend that ultimately represent your personal vision of the world. While you obviously abide to this vision, the majority of viewers simply might not.

The following picture is how I like to shoot  and depict the world; close, wide open and with a high vantage point.

Final word

… anyways, why do you need to have others dictate whether your picture is good or not ?

Jul 282011
 

Next to the solemnity of a monument to the immigrants, a diver waits for tourists to throw a coin in the dark waters of Veracruz’s harbour. Be sure that he’ll come back to the surface with it. (click on picture for high res)

Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/3000, ISO160

Jul 272011
 

I am glad to announce that I have created a Facebook page. It will allow me to give some personal insights on the trip and photography, additonal pictures, links and why not, videos. I also plan to use it as a platform to discuss selected photography topics in the future.

To discover it on your Facebook, click on the Like button of  Facebook module located in the right sidebar.

PS : I still prefer real life social networks ;)