I shot this from the old fort side of Casco Viejo. What seemed to be typical for my time there the clouds had gathered for the usual rain shower to come in the afternoon.
You can see a little bit of the real Casco Viejo and not the spruced up touristy interior that is usually sold. I like the place because it’s a funky mix of old and new. Panama is really trying to sell it as a tourist destination but if you look under the veneer you see some of the truth of what’s really there.
Editing wise it’s very simple. As I said earlier this week I am doing edits on a 13″ MacBook so things are a bit difficult. So no masks and other stuff. For once it’s mostly what the camera could produce.
I like breaking up series with a nice landscape because it gives a break and you aren’t overwhelmed with the same subject matter repeatedly. While this image was shot in Casco Viejo you would never guess it just based on the view but you are always near the ocean when you are in Panama.
When I took this image I just really liked how the colors separated into nice little bands. You go from the dark reds to the various shades of blue and the causeway breaks things up nicely.
There was a lot of layer masking going on in this one. I really wanted that sand to pop so I made it so. With the blue channel stuff I had to remove the noise from it. So masked in that bit. Then bumped up the details and called it a day.
I will be breaking this up into at least 3 parts and likely 4 based on the 2 days I spent shooting in Casco Viejo in Panama. I really wanted to show Casco Viejo without the picturesque, tourist only images.
Casco Viejo is old Panama, City and it’s an interesting mix of upscale restaurants and bars mixed in with lower and income apartments. There are lots of government offices in the area as well. There is a heavy police and military presence. It’s a weird little area and I really liked spending time there.
Nothing fancy with the edits. While not straight out of the camera they were not masked in like I do my landscape stuff. For inquiring minds, all shot in my Nikon D810 with the 16-35mm.
This one is from Panama, specifically Casco Viejo and I was shooting towards the city. This was pretty much the weather most days I was there but I came to shoot so I did!
I used my 16-35mm and did a handheld shot. One of the things I noticed I did with the Nikon more was used it without a the tripod. The image stabilization in the lenses made me more comfortable with that versus my Sony A7R which does not have any stabilization. The one thing I terribly missed on the Nikon D810 was a flip up screen. This is one reason I did so many handheld shots. For me to get them I had to often hold the camera.
Editing, just straight up curves adjustment and then dodging and burning. Nothing fancy. The dramatic sky and water make the image.
Another black and white photo. Really just don’t have time to edit because of a major project at work. That includes editing anything new I have shot recently which I did manage to do for a few images. Not completely satisfied with this image, not sure if I would have cropped it different or not. There was so much going on with it that I hated to leave any one portion out. Enjoy.
I think I will wrap up Casco Viejo with this set. There will be other images sneaked in but I think its time to move to some of the other parts of Panama City that I shot. To be honest, I was facinated with Casco Viejo and could have spent all my time in the little neighborhood but on a limited amount of time I shot what I shot. I wanted to tell a story of a historical area that shows both people and architecture. It’s more interesting then just some monument or statue and a perfect house. I think you get more of a sense of a living community with these shots. Enjoy