Shooting fireworks is a bit like shooting sunsets – shots are easily boring unless they show more than fireworks or a glowing sun. The context of the full frame really matters.
Exceptions occur when there’s something unusual. While shooting July 4th fireworks last week, I didn’t have much context to work with, so I was glad that the show had (at least for me) a few surprises.
Somewhat analogous to our Lexington and Concord, Guanajuato was the the site of the first battle of the Mexican War of Independence. Served by a unique subterranean road network, Guanajuarto today is a vibrant commercial, academic, and artistic city. It’s the home of one of the most important artistic and cultural events in Mexico and Latin America – the annual Festival Internacional Cervantino, which began 60 years ago with street performances of short plays by Cervantes.
The Mercardo Hildago – a large, enclosed, central market with all the essentials:
Although San Miguel’s decades-old Idyllic reputation lags the current realities of traffic, tourists, and expats, the magnetism is still there.
Thievery Corporation sold out Red Rocks on 10 August. Shooting a great band in a great venue…priceless.
Denver photographer Lauren Debell joined me on the shoot – check out this slideshow of our combined highlights:
Art museums are rarely photo-friendly, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could shoot in the Hirshhorn Museum’s current exhibit: Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space; glad I had my camera.
Another surprise was how much I enjoyed shooting it. I like shooting to capture moments in life; shooting to capture light, color, and space…not so much. But it was interesting, challenging, and rewarding – well worth a visit if you’re in DC (the exhibit closes on 13 May). It’s good to shoot outside of one’s comfort zone.
And it turned out there were moments in life: