Architectural Travels – Part 4

Final installment on the Architectural Travels. These are all from Panama City, Panama as it turns out. Didn’t plan it that way but it is how it worked out.

All these images except for one were shot on my Nikon D810. The one that wasn’t was shot on my Sony RX100III. When I went to edit these some just felt better in monochrome so I did the conversion using Tonality. I have come to prefer that over Silver Efex because you get much better control. Silver Efex has very limited options which causes you to be limited.

With all that out of the way I return to my normal stuff tomorrow. I am hoping to do another series in the future. While a lot of work you get to see a theme and pattern emerge from the images that you just don’t get when you do just one at a time.

Enjoy.

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Casco Viejo Shores

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.

Enjoy.

Casco Viejo Shores

People of Panama

Little departure from the landscape stuff I normally do. I will venture forth into street photography from time-to-time. I’m not a huge fan of doing it because I find it mildly invasive. I also despise having my own picture taken. So I tend not to photos of random people. In addition, I am not a fan of the posed shot unless I am shooting a portrait. I learned this in Thailand where if you ask for a shot odds are you are going to get a peace sign and a huge grin. Not authentic.

I shot these over a couple days. I used my Nikon D810 and my Sony RX100. It just happened to be what I had on me at the time. Some where take in the areas around the fish market and some were taken as I walked downtown. Just depended.

I mainly stuck to the 1×1 crop when I did the editing. This allowed me to focus on the individual. I also went monochrome where I thought it fit and left others in color. This series is longer than my normal but I have more stuff lined up for the week and I didn’t feel the need to split it into two.

Enjoy.

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Casco Viejo – Part 2

Here is the second part of the Casco Viejo series I shot while I was in Panama. I’ll stress again I didn’t want to go for the typical tourists shots. Anyone can shoot those. I wanted to show the real Casco Viejo that isn’t always pretty.

This set has some people in it. I guess I did a bit of street photography. Unlike the cliche’ street photography stuff I left it in color. I think some people do the conversion to black and white because all the legends of street photography did. Part of it has to do with them shooting film and black and white was cheaper to develop. The other part is that I think people feel the need to shoot in black and white to call it street photography. Good thing I ignore most stuff.

Enjoy.

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Tide Is Out

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.

Enjoy.

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Casco Viejo – Part 1

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.

 

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Distant Early Storm

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.

Enjoy.

Distant Early Storm

Mud Flats

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.

Mud Flats

Panama: Casco Viejo Part 3

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

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