Enjoy it while it lasts!

Enjoy it while it lasts

Sometimes when you start a series you don’t know where to begin. I have colors, rich saturated colors for you. But, I will start slow; raising the intensity as we progress; kind of like rising the volume. Which remains me of another photo with lost of colors: Pump up the color.

In the Daily Photo Cities, we all have different approaches to documenting the life in the cities we happen to live. The same can be said about the subject we pick and the kind of photography each of us like. Street photography is my thing because I like to capture people, their interactions, their clashes, their feeling, their thoughts, et-cetera. I also like to capture color and texture. If I am lucky I can get all of that in one photograph. Today’s photo meets my criteria to the t. What I like about this photo is how little noise there is, the flat color, two people enjoying their fresh-fruit ice cream, the warm color of the late afternoon, the composition. Well, I don’t have enough words to describe the feeling or “puncture” I derive from this photograph as Roland Barthes calls it in his book Camera Lucida. The interesting part about photography is that we are all affected or tickled by different things. This photo might not do anything for you.

Today’s photo is one of the better examples, I’ve seen, of why people leave bewitched after spending some time Antigua and Guatemala. They feel an urge to return, as Christine put it (by the way she will start the Omaha Daily Photo— you go girl!). Some of them, actually come back for a long stay after taking a trip to learn Spanish.

So what’s in the spell? Well you need start with sunshine, lots of it in the morning and in the afternoon—even in the rainy season; a nice warm and temperate weather; add tons of color and texture to that; don’t forget to include the exotic element; stir up culture and tradition from the many flavors of Guatemalans (Indigenous, Xincas, Garí­funas, Mestizos, Whites, Catholics, Evangelicals); don’t forget great Mayan, Colonial, Modern and vernacular architecture with many contrasts; mix-in fresh fruits, vegetables, and Guatemalan dishes; you now have about half the ingredients of the magic potion. I will continue with this recipe as we progress—keep the flame on low for now.

You can see the previous color series by picking the Color Palette category on the sidebar.

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  • I like it. Love the colors. And I’m not even a professional photographer! 🙂

  • Nice picture! I can almost feel the sunshine. What a great place to stop to eat and by the way what are they eating?

  • Jerry

    I love this shot. It truly does capture that “Antigua” feeling for me. I wish I was there. I also wish I could capture shots with this much depth and contrast. Photography is not one of my talents…Makes me really appreciate yours.

  • Great photo! I love the color of the reflection against the red (salmon?) color of the building.

  • ioanna

    This beautiful red color reminds me watermelons and strawberries. Summer! How nice!
    Here, in my city it is rainning, is cold and today was a very ungly,dark day 🙁
    Did i say it again? I love your photos! 🙂

  • Wow, Rudy, that sounds great! it would be nice to visit your city… In fact, it would very nice to visit many cities of DP community… I should ask for holidays right now!

  • Wow!!! Thanks for quoting and linking me! I’m a pretty new blogger (long-time blog-stalker, but new(ish) blogger, so it’s an honor! 🙂 I love the photo…and you are right about the spell….I certainly am bewitched and want to return. Lastima que no tenia la excusa del deseo de aprender el espanol para quedarme!! Trabajo como interprete, asi que, si les dijera en el trabajo que necesito mas tiempo libre para estudiar espanol en Guatemala, me despedirian de una!

  • Santy: I wish for a prompt recovery of Jakarta. Thanks for visiting.

    Pastorrick: If you only knew this window belongs to the McDonald’s restaurant. This young couple seemed to be very happy. They are eating Guatemalan ice cream.

    Jerry: Stop wishing and take a short trip to Guatemala. Spring break, or Semana Santa if you preferred to call it by its real name, is coming soon. Welcome back.

    Lessie: I am afraid the reflection is yet another yellow wall.

    Ioanna: How come you don’t leave your website address; it would be nice if you did, because people and me can visit your site by just clicking in your name. We are in winter now in Guatemala; the weather is just nicer here in the tropics.

    Dsole: You should. You would be feel right at home here. Many Spaniards do and they say this town could be in Spain somewhere.

    Christine: My pleasure and thanks for your feedback.

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