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Mennonites In Belize

Did you know there is a large Mennonite colony in Belize? I didn’t either until I visited. I guess that is just another great reason to travel, you learn all sorts of cool stuff. I believe the largest colony is Spanish Lookout. You can read about it here. I made this photo in the small town of San Ignacio and finished it off with one of our new Lightroom presets available over at The Photo Frontier Trading Post.

Commuting To School

Hopkins Belize

You probably know by now, that I love bikes. I love riding bikes. I love everything about bikes! It makes me happy to see people around the world commuting by bike. Here in Hopkins, the bike is really the only form of transportation other than walking. Now that is my kind of town! Do any of you commute regularly on a bicycle? Is so, post some photos of your bike on the Facebook page and I’ll be giving away a bunch of free eBooks to some lucky winners.

I’m A Lot Like You

Nik Analog Efex Pro Tutorial Portrait

Yep, the title is a reference to a Neil Young tune. Can you guess it? I hope you all had a great weekend! I putting the finishing touches on some new items that will be available in a very cool offering in January. I’m not supposed to talk about it yet, but it is going to be awesome and should save you a bunch of money on some great photo deals.

Photographer’s Note – I posted the ‘How-To’ about this image over on my YouTube channel. It is another example of building custom camera kits in Nik Analog Efex Pro. If you’d like more videos like this, make sure you subscribe to my channel. I post new ones quite a bit.

The Need For Telephoto

Belize School Bus

As much as I romanticize about traveling with nothing more than a 35mm prime lens, I really can’t live without a long zoom or telephoto. For example, I shot this image high up in the Mayan Mountains of Belize looking down on the Hummingbird Highway. Well beyond the reach of a 35mm focal length. I really like this image. You could rationalize that with a single lens you will miss certain image, but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. You win some. You lose some. Personally, I have a hard time with that. I don’t burden myself with a lot of gear, I actually think I travel pretty light, but I still can’t limit myself to a single lens. If you have, or you can, I would love to hear from you. Anything to help me get over my fear.

Thanks!

Setting The Stage

City of Cozumel

Jay Maisel (make sure to click here to learn about him), is a photographer who I really admire. He often speaks about street photographers setting the stage and then waiting for an actor. He also says that he’ll often head out on his photo-walks and come back with nothing…nada…zip! We photographers have to be patient and honest as well. In this image, I applied the principles I learned from Jay. Well, some of them. I set the stage in a local Cozumel market, but I doubt that a stretching merchant is what Jay had in mind for an actor. I had to come away with something though…I was there for quite a while.

What do you think? Are you patient enough to set the stage and wait? Make sure to check out Jay’s work. It’s pretty awesome stuff.