20 minutes, 3 shots, Rembrandt skies to Monet skies!!!

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While the last shot, hand held 1/13 sec, f/11 ISO400. If is a wonderful shot as I spent time painting years ago, classical lines so clear to my eyes… hope you enjoy the view! Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2016

However, just before I crossed the river for that shot,

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Monet skies!!! Yes, I would have to change this to a artistic vision to make the building more “Monet-ish”… but oh my, the fun. Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2016

Of course, being a landscape photographer, I grabbed this shot as I was walking between the 2 shots,

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Only a tiny piece of buildings, I was watching this build and trying to get something in front of it. These trees work nicely, both clouds and tree branches flow across the photo. Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2016

However just in case you think this walk was easy,

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Yeah, I went up to find a sunset, then back down to find something to put in front of the skies. I get my mountain climbing workout here easy. Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2016

This is some of what I saw building of local events… I am on top of the hill about the city.

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In this shot you can see the tourist buses, as things are happening all weekend long. The riverbed, graded flat is also a parking area. Trucks of people, trailers with horses…

Couple of notes, this is a Mexican tourist town, yes there is sewage in the streams, and you smell it in parts of town or as the wind shifts. Toilet paper is put in trash containers after use. So streams are not littered with paper. But as Joe told me of his 2nd house, the bathroom of the house is connected downhill to the next house and so on till there is a channel to a stream or a stream. I recommend carrying a small roll of TP in your camera bag. (nature photographer standard). Walking around town it is clean and decent, you are not going to be aware of that most of the time. Even the courtyard of my peasant level home is clean, non offensive to walk into.


Any man would comes here with a woman that will hit him for glancing at another woman…….

Your hospital bills are your PROBLEM!

Spanish blood, Native Tribes blood, and just to make sure no one is safe, French Blood!!!

I do not shot people a lot, I also do not chase any relationship so I can be free to chase my ART…

My neck hurts……… way too many beautiful women here.

Any style, and as a photographer, yes, I see lots of beautiful styles even if my flavor is not present.

so yes, I may post a face or 2 just because she rocked my eye…



More sunset clouds, and BIRDS!

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This is the nightly flocks coming in to roost for the night. My Joe invited me up to the roof of his place. These are the sights every evening as the birds flock. all across the city.

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We came up for the view, this is the church copula as the sun set… the pigeons start flying circles over the tops of buildings, then a variety of birds start flocking in the trees.

The sunset photos are looking up at Joe’s place.

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right across the street…

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After weeks of blue skies, the past 2 days of clouds and their play in the sky, hours walking the city.

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As we got ready to leave Joe’s roof top, the double spires of my local church standing tall… beautiful sunset gracing the sky.

and a few more street scenes.

Oh, my cousin wanted to know about hotels, so I will post the hotel row shots when I get some… a decent looking hotel just off the plaza wants 300 to 400 peso a night, from what I have seen. 16 peso to the dollar so 100 peso is about $6… so $18 to $24 or so??

20160127, Clouds for a sunset!!!

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Every evening, the birds are flocking on the buildings and trees, across the water the birds were everywhere… this tree…… took a while to fly over.

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On this wide shot, all those birds, just right here…. walking around you will see this every evening.


2016 The Doors of San Juan de los Lagos…

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The door of the courtyard I live in… going out.

Here are the doors of places that have been used and lived in for many years, the decades of use, the styles of many flavors…

the fun of seeing so much…..

Few merchants hang signs in front of their buildings,

The welding shop near a friend’s home….

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It will be a year of exploring, treasures around every corner, provided I don’t get run over!!!

Street life of San Juan de los Lagos…

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Still shooting from the hip in the crowds. Don’t want pan-handling tagging me around. And not into freaking people out.

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yes, you can get lost in the kilometer after kilometer of stands and carts.

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Senora Mica, her daughter, grand children work a couple of small spot stands here on the plaza. Wens. to Sun. 7pm to past midnight if business is good.

I also want to point out that streets with a climb, are very common…

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Look at the right side, the door past the blue door. I would be worried any time a friend who drank came over!!!!!

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castle anyone????

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2016 San Juan de los Lagos, new home… who’s more curious???

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Yes, this is just a couple of the children in my courtyard. The steps that lead out to the street are next to the fire used to cook. So the steps are common place to sit and talk, children and adults. I am outside, at the opening of my room, leaning on my freezer to take these shots.

The Little girl in the center is the child of the English speaking man, who acts as interpreter for me. She is not afraid of the camera, rather playing and posing some if I point the camera in her direction too long.

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Not quite sure, but at least 5 to 6 families live in this courtyard.

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2 or 3 families with children, so yes, I get a question from a child, in Spanish, I reply best I can. Which is often my smiling and being silly in the case of a couple of them, a couple of repeat offenders. Nope, not even close to learning all these people’s names.

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The others are getting use to me with a camera in hand. I walk around town with gear on too, politely not shooting people too much, but letting the merchants and town get use to me.
I plan on being here 6 months at least.

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Several locations within an hour or 3 of me by driving are also of interest to shoot. I have offers for meals, outing around town to see sights, and offers to show me the area’s mountains, nature stuff.

Night time fun and walking around during the day…..

Was in my room working on the offline work for this post, came out to stretch and ended up eating a couple fresh ceviche tacos. Been involved in 3 birthday parties, by being in the area and amusing to the children. Some quick photos, laugh and enjoy.

In the courtyard, I was helping George work on something he is trying to do. I got told to stop and go over, these teenage girls wanted to ask me questions. I laughed and went over, the girls realized they had no way to ask questions… I ran and got my phone, showed them how to use/change the spanish to english for their questions and I could use the english to spanish back. We talked maybe 15 minutes and I showed some of my photos.

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While this has the european type charm to some extent, I am told of other places near here, with even more european charm and look.
Fresh tortillas deliver scooter comes by noon to 1:30ish, “Pan” bread cart comes through about 3 to 5pmish. A tiny corner market a couple doors down has milk, eggs, cheese, breads, loaf and mexican. The other end of the block has another tiny market. Everywhere a door off the street opens to tiny stores and Huge stores, walk ups and walk downs. Propane delivery in pick-up trucks, bottles of water, (sparklett’s 5 gallon bottles empties exchanged for full ones, not sure of their source, obvious not much sanitary over standard water. duct tape to seal bottles, if sealed at all.) While I have not had any problems, good solid camping gut so far. The women wash clothes in the sink where I get my water, so it is boiled or filtered, matter of sanity. I had been drinking the water for 2 days, when I came out in the morning and the faucet was buried in wet dirty clothes. That was almost ago, and not a problem…. just my humor and patience working over time.
Internet company said it would a week maybe 2, before the company could hook up my internet service. Company is in repairs to system, very nice people, but I let Senorita Mica know it was OK and the representatives for the company understood, I would be OK with what they could do. And that I would look around, not expecting much else. The lady gave us a dsl modem as she was worried they might not have them in a week or so. Supply line issues, Welcome to the computer age, heh.
Getting on local time however is different, I have been here about 2 weeks, and the number of times I have been told in a few minutes we would do something and that few minutes turns into tomorrow… Life in the small town of Quincy, was similar, but whoa! Things slow way down, still trying to get the landlord to understand I need to Upload on internet from my computer. Everyone keeps talking about cable for movies or the internet cafe. Don’t get it that I shoot photos and put MY PHOTOs on the internet “For Sale”. And of course, then they think of Facebook. Free photos???
Well at least I found a coffee shop with it’s own internet wi-fi, so my Adobe programs reset again and as you can see I can post. But for me too upload printing files, not many if any at this point.
Still working on my “hip shooting street photography”, I use manual so much and the scenes vary, night shots specially, can’t see the marks on the lens and often moving too fast for the shutter speed…. collection of blurs??

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Walking these streets is not for the timid, or out of shape. But the twists and turns, the variety of shapes of houses, the amusing paint jobs…. yes, I tried to show this street, the angle of climb… there are barricades top and bottom to keep cars off it… George says the empty building at the top of the street is tilting like the Tower of Pisa.

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This is the car of Senora Micaela, 1st we were going to move it out of the way to get my trailer off the street. Then I had to help find all the parts and let her know what was missing. Not sure how long it has being worked on…….

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But the spider webs, and dust might give an idea…..

OK, so then I had to drive it out to the street and she then wanted it driven to a mechanic about 8 blocks away.

Opps, the trail of fluid showed that was not going to happen. I found an internet connection in this coffee shop. Downloaded some repair manuals and went back to hunting for a clue.

Power steering and Transmission cooler were connected, Not Right. But easy to fix.

Waiting to see if I still have to drive it to a mechanic to finish fixing it.