Monthly Archive: February 2016

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Art Nouveau splendor in Mexico City

Mexico City’s Gran Hotel in the Centro Histórico is a stunning example of Art Nouveau décor and boasts a spectacular Tiffany dome in the lobby. It also features in the latest James Bond film...

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The canals of Xochimilco

Trajineras, colorful flat-bottomed boats ply the canals of Xochimilco, in the south of Mexico City. Once most of the Valle de México was a shallow lake dotted with islands and the canals were the...

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Pilgrims from Puebla at the Basilica

Last Sunday, 22nd February, the Basilica de Guadalupe was full of pilgrims from Puebla on their annual pilgrimage. The most eye-catching group were the Quetzal dancers with their spectacular circular headdresses, representing the extravagant...

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Tip 5: Include an interesting foreground

  A creative foreground can turn an ordinary photo into an interesting one. It adds depth, without which, an image can be very flat and one-dimensional. An interesting foreground, the part nearest to the...

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The colors of corn

Corn is intrinsic to Mexican culture and comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes, and is used to make tortillas, one of the staple foods of Mexico.

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Photo Walk Nº3 – Polanco’s Plaza Carso

Photo Walk Nº3 took us to Plaza Carso in Polanco, an area replete with modern architecture, including the highly photogenic building, the Soumaya Museum. Once an old industrial sector, this area has seen a complete...

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Open-air market stall

Mexican markets are always full of color and mouth-watering food. Here a lady sits in front of carefully piled-up mounds of fruit and vegetable, waiting for someone to buy her wares. (Malinalco, Estado de...

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Tip 4: Get up high

Getting up high  can give you some great photos as far as landscapes and cityscapes are concerned. In Mexico City, the viewpoint from the top of the Torre Latinoamericana is ideal for sweeping views...

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Tip 3: Get down low

Getting down low with your camera and looking for a new viewpoint can add variety and impact to your photos. It may help your subject stand out against a clear sky instead of a...

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Snacking on fried grasshoppers

Along the streets or even in upscale restaurants, crispy fried grasshoppers or chapulines are sold as a tasty snack alongside crisps and peanuts or part of the meal. Sometimes they are doused in chilli powder and...

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Photo Walk Nº2 – Chapultepec Park

Photo Walk Nº2 was originally supposed to be around the Zócalo but we had to change our venue because of the Pope’s visit. It was going to start in Chapultepec Castle and then the route...

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Change for Photo Walk Nº2

PHOTO WALK Nº2 – CHAPULTEPEC CASTLE, THE PARK, VOLADORES DE PAPANTLA Because of the Pope’s visit to the Cathedral and Zócalo next Saturday, they are putting up temporary seating in the square which means...

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Early morning in the park

  Early morning in Mexico City’s massive Chapultepec Park as the morning light filters down through the trees. The park is the second largest urban park in the world after New York’s Central Park...

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Tip 2: Pay attention to the background

Pay attention to the background of your photo. Keep it as clear and harmonious as possible.     Avoid cluttered, fussy backgrounds since they distract the eye from the subject of the photo. A plain...