I was in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for a photo workshop in Fall 2007. By coincidence, the workshop encompassed the two days during which Mexicans celebrate Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). The workshop schedule did not permit much time spent with the celebrants, but I did catch a few photos on All Hallow's Eve (our Halloween). Then I was able to photograph around the town in early evening one day and just past sunrise the next morning. It's a colorful place, and more time there without burdens of a workshop would have resulted in a larger collection of images.
|Two young revelers on "All Hallows Eve" (Halloween), when hordes of youngsters (usually with parents) ascended to the "Jardin," the hilltop plaza at the center of San Miguel.|
|I don't know how they're called, but they seemed to be the the local "guardia," as in Spain.|
|A rather extremely processed photo at dusk. I was struck by the beggar at lower right.|
|Sunday morning; a man walking to work.|
|Traffic cops getting their morning briefing.|
|"Pedro Te Amo"|
|Artwork for Dia de los Muertos.|
Dynamic Range captures of San Miguel streets just after sunrise.
For those technically inclined, note that these images were processed from three images, taken handheld as a series bracketed over four Exposure Values (i.e., -2 EV, 0 EV, and +2 EV) with the Canon EF 28-300mm IS "L" f/4-5.6 lens, merged to a 32-bit image in Photoshop (used because Photoshop is great at merging photos taken without benefit of tripod), saved as an HDR [Radiance] file, Tone Mapped in Photomatix, saved as a 16-bit TIFF file, and finally processed in Photoshop, usually to increase contrast and fine tune Hue/Saturation.