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Ready for the warm.

The trees, many creatures of nature, and especially myself, are ready for warmer, sunnier days.

I got this image the other day when I was shaking some of the winter from my body, and after a whole week I got locked inside the house for a bad cold that kept me away from exercising. As is often the case, I had the Fuji X100S with me.

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First monday of 2016

Officially the new year has started! I know last friday was January 1st, but at least for me it wasn’t really well suited to start full throttle going back to my normal activities nor it was for being on the contemplative-reflective channel, having home my brother and his two little children running and making noise all around the house.

After spending the weekend to get things a little back to “normal” I really think the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 is a time to reflect about new possibilities and adventures in life and photography, time to evaluate accomplishments and set new goals, to recover strength to fight for making dreams come true.

I wish everyone a very rewarding and joyful 2016!!

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El gusto por la tradición.

Al recorrer las calles del centro de la Ciudad de México se ve uno inmerso en una dinámica vertiginosa, la gente, los autos y ciclistas yendo de un lado a otro, los cláxones, los gritos. 

Ahí mismo hay establecimientos comerciales que dan atención a este ir y venir expendiendo sus mercancías a su apresurada clientela, desde refacciones y ropa, hasta regalos al paladar. En el primer cuadro de la ciudad tenemos la fortuna de contar aún con panaderías que ostentan décadas y décadas de tradición como La Ideal y La Vasconia. Este sabor de tradición, que me remite a tiempos pasados adereza siempre una visita a comprar un detalle para el paladar.

Andando por el Centro procuro hacer una visita a La Vasconia, en la esquina de Tacuba y Palma, a veces a comer una rica torta, o una pieza de pollo rostizado, pero con más frecuencia a adquirir unas ricas pastitas, como un pequeño y sabroso postre mientras camino por ahí con mi cámara o para acompañar un humeante café en casa.

  

También las ofrendas mueren.

El penúltimo mes del año se va ya, atrás han quedado las calaveras, las calacas, las ofrendas colmadas del amarillo-naranja aroma a zempasúchil, el papel picado, las cazuelas con mole y los tamales, los caballitos con tequila y mezcal y las ánimas invitadas al festín de cada año.

Noviembre llega hoy a su fin, y sólo quedarán 31 días para disfrutar o sufrir éste año, para pensar en cenas y regalos, para andar a toda prisa, para cerrar viejos ciclos y plantear los nuevos. Hoy empieza a marchitarse el 2015, pero los años, como las flores, mueren también para fertilizar la vida de lo que está por nacer.

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Surprise

Note: Sometimes computers, bits and bytes don’t get work well together, last night I finished this post and hit the publish button on the visual editor, this following morning I just found out it was not published, my apologies for this interruption of my month of posting every day, anyway here it is, thanks!!

 

If there is something special and distinctive about the Fujifilm X100 series since it was introduced to the photography world, besides its gorgeous retro looks is that it’s a camera really well suited for street photography. It became evident when a lot of photographers began publishing their experiences using it on the streets, and the loads of images flooded on Flickr, Instagram and other social outlets where scenes of everyday urban life, peculiar moments or interesting people were portrayed in colour or B&W.

All of this street photo “boom” awoke in me the itch about experimenting more the streets with a camera, I had previously photographed on the streets but mostly around special events, parades, festivals or even a manifestation against some social issues. This was done first with a Nikon DSLR and later with my Nikon 1 mirrorless camera, which of course made it a lot easier, carrying less weight and being more inconspicuous.

When I got my X100S, I started making photos of several different subjects, but taking it to the street just for the sake of capturing it in camera did not come so soon, perhaps because I hadn’t got the hang of it to react as quickly as I wanted, and also because I didn’t feel comfortable enough to deal with pointing the lens at strangers, which still happens to me sometimes by the way. Finally I did make some images more in the way I liked with more or less success, sometimes capturing something interesting.

Having reviewed my early work with the X100S I believe this is my first “true” street photo, no so well technically or compositionally executed, but I hope it has something peculiar or interesting about it.

Surprise

Llegaron las orquídeas, hace ya rato.

Cada año las orquídeas de Doña Teté mi vecina dan un bello toque de color a su jardín, y ya que la barda divisoria entre las casas es muy bajita, alegran la vista de ambos jardines. Desde hace varios años cuando aparecen las flores no puedo evitar el hacerles unas fotos y de cuando en cuando durante el tiempo que dura la floración mi admiración continúa y me deleito en contemplarlas, buscando algún nuevo ángulo o algo distinto en ellas que me llame la atención.

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Este año ha sido muy intenso con muchas actividades en casa y con mis proyectos, los momentos para apreciar el entorno han sido escasos lo que no ayuda a hacer buenas fotos, llevo ya bastantes días esperando a estar en el momento adecuado para que una la luz bella ilumine las orquídeas de manera diferente, espero encontrar ese momento. Les dejo una toma reciente hecha con el iPhone, y una del año pasado hecha con la Fuji X100S con un encuadre muy distinto, a ver que tal les parece.

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First “caturday” with the X100S

Being such a lover of my two cats it’s sure that they figured among my first subjects for testing a new camera. As I mentioned in a previous post I got my X100S in last year’s June, at that time this little Fujifilm gem had been in the mind of a lot of photographers since it was announced as the successor to the original X100, a wonderful, innovative, but certainly quirky camera.

Having got my fist experiences with mirrorless cameras with the Nikon 1 system, which I sill use from time to time, and later with a Sony A7 for just a couple of months I already knew that this little but capable cameras were a good alternative to a DSLR. Since the A7 didn’t quite have for me that “magic touch” and having read wonders about the X100S I changed from the Sony to the Fuji, and that very first day when I got home with the new toy I made some images.

From those images I share with you one of the little “brother” of my other “child”, the one that has appeared on the post “Two journeys”, it’s a simple portrait, but nonetheless it is a significative picture for me, because of the one that appears in it, and because it’s made with a camera I’ve really become to appreciate.

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Two journeys

For me getting up early always or almost always pays off. As a photographer I’ve come to love the delicacies of the first and last lights of the day, warm, soft, the beautiful glow that wraps around all things make those times of day really enjoyable even while not photographing. This feel is also one of the reasons I like so much to go training early in the morning, to breath the fresh air and get rid of the last remains of bed in my body. My cats love to go outside the house too at the first hours of the day, to re-scout the surroundings and check what sort of feline company visited the garden the night before previous to asking for their breakfast.

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This image is from the first day I made some photos of my bicycle with my Fuji X100S, in fact they got home almost the same date, back in june 2014, a little more than a year now, and with the camera as a new toy in my hands I was really excited trying to get the hang of it as soon as possible. That morning I decided to make good use of the lovely light and try to get some good images of the bike after doing it both with my Nikon DSLR and my NIkon 1 mirrorless the previous days, so while framing the scene one of my beloved ones entered the scene quietly, I reframed quickly and was lucky to get this instant at the right time. For me it brings back a very nice moment, and makes me think now of a good journey that was starting both with my bike and my camera.

My Fall.

Here in Mexico City and its suburbs autumn arrives somewhat later and with much less intensity than in the northern part of the country, the United States, or especially Canada, the foliage of the majority of trees nor does fall, neither turns into the vibrant hues of red and orange, so trying to find an image for my own taste that captured the feeling of the shorter days and the qualities of light that come with this season has been hard for me, even more so since in the preceding weeks I haven’t got the chance to travel to a location more suited to my mood.

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Luckily a couple days ago I found this leaf next to a dried out fruit of a tree we here call “breva”, pretty similar to a fig, laying on a “lavadero” a fixture that is used to wash clothes by hand. The leaf’s subtle hues, its beauty preserved even though life had almost completely vanished from it, the lovely textures, next to the fruit’s touch of brown-reds and orange made click in my eye, my mind, and my camera.