Category: Travel Photograph: Amaurie Ramirez "Piramide de Kukulcán - Chichén Itzá" I was drawn to Amaurie's photograph of the El Castillo in Mexico because of one initial reason — the foreground elements. The plants really give a depth to the pyramid in the background, and help to give it some scale as well. I like to use this in a lot of my travel photography, as it gives a different look than just focusing on the main element in the photo. The colors here are somewhat subdued, bringing a film-type look into the photograph. And … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Amaurie Ramirez
(Editor's note: Soon to be Photofocus author, Steve Inglima presents a post on his experiences photographing the solar eclipse of 1991.) Back in the days when I was the technical manager for GMI Photographic, which marketed among other things Bronica Medium Format and Sea & Sea Underwater cameras, on my way back from a DEMA (diving industry) show in Las Vegas our fight was oversold; and I took a bump to earn a free ticket. My first impulse was to use that ticket to travel with friends and dive at Grand Cayman Island. But then I read … [Read more...] about Tales of my First Complete and Total Eclipse!
Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is traditionally a Mexican holiday to remember and honor the dead. I traveled to San Miguel de Allende to join in the celebrations and to work on my street photography skills. San Miguel de Allende is considered by some to be one of the prettiest cities in Mexico. Located in the central highlands, the streets are hilly and cobblestoned, with colonial architecture and charming plazas and parks. An art center known for high-end galleries and boutiques, the city attracts a large number of tourists, and … [Read more...] about Day of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende
Nestled in the highlands of central Mexico and steeped in history, San Miguel de Allende is a charming city to visit and to photograph at any time. During the Day of the Dead celebration, beginning the end of October, it is transformed from charming to effervescent. My holiday memories in the city are filled with images of bold colors and designs, people participating in holiday spirit, and nighttime festivities. As you first arrive into the city center of San Miguel your eyes will pop with photographic possibilities. The colonial … [Read more...] about Photographing San Miguel de Allende
Tina Modotti was an Italian photographer who emigrated to the United States in 1913 at the age of 16. She was drawn to the performing arts at first and experimented with acting. She appeared in plays, operas, and silent films throughout the 1910s and 1920s. As she worked and built her career and relationships, she became friends with many including the photographer, Edward Weston. Modotti had been around photography for much of her life. In Italy, her uncle ran a photography studio. In the U.S., her father also ran a photo studio in San … [Read more...] about Tina Modotti | A Photographer You Should Know