Originally Posted by Chaz
Bucho I meant redesigned. I really should proof read more.
But then what would I joke about?
Meanwhile, in more of a wannabe photojournalistic mode, this is a picture of the house I lived in for the last 3 months I was in Brazil during 2008. It's an unremarkable building, save for the fact that at the equinoxes the tide of the river would rise so far that it flooded the island we lived on to a depth of 2 or 3 feet every day twice a day for three or four days. It's not exactly Nat Geo quality but what I like most about this photo is capturing that slice-of-life aspect to it.
What I like about this next one is the old-fashioned posed nature of it, although I don't know exactly what aspect of the poses makes it feel old-fashioned to me. I like the visual variety of us people. How each of us has our hands on a different thing. How the geometry of the shot is set by the fact that one sits on a stool and one on the deck and two remain standing. One of us is shirted. One of us is white. Mostly what I like about though it is that the dude holding my guitar is my best amigo Eder and his massive grin makes me happy. I must've sat the camera on a box and set the timer to take this one.
This next one I love partly because it accidentally has some depth-of-field (it's shot on a cheap camera so the out-of-focus background is just dumb luck on my part) but mostly because it features the first wild tarantula I ever saw. Before travelling to The Amazon I was arachnophobic and, aside from the language, the thing which weighed most heavily on my mind was knowing I would be living among these guys. I can't say my arachnophobia was ever "cured" but I did learn to live around them and even to find them somewhat adorable when they would stroll around slowly like this one is. Part of learning to live around them was learning never to startle them because then they don't move slowly anymore, and when they move fast they're terrifying.
Maybe my favourite non-organic thing in the Amazon was the boats, and especially the tugboats. I like the background light in this shot but mostly I like the boats and dockside buildings of the city of Belem, a short 20 minute ride from the island I lived on. A lot of working with a cheap camera is working out how to give the image some depth without the benefit of fancypants lenses. I think I got a little of it here by shooting from a height/angle which put the hulls of the boats against a river background and the white upper decks of the boats against the darker midground of the buldings. I also noticed that using some zoom helps, although I'm not technically-minded enough to know why.
God damn I love these boats. This one, from the lower angle, shows off the ridiculously cool fact that these are small-ish vessels but they're 3 and 4 "stories" high. This is so that when they're pushing a fully loaded barge from behind (hawt) they can see over the top of the load.
Lastly, here's a "borboleta" sunning itself somewhere hopefully safe from my somewhat hefty 8-legged neighbours. Again I got some accidental depth-of-field, this time I think because I was using full zoom.
Edited by Bucho - 11/21/12 at 2:33am