20180128: opps, the coconut man knows where I hang my sign out!

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fresh coconut meat… one of those things I loved about all the traveling I did as a kid.

Coco-pina (coconut-pineapple) ice cream is one of my favorites from those 1960s Mexico & South Pacific Island travels, so while coco-pina ice cream is a little harder to find here, I do get to have it & a local made yogurt in ‘MANY FLAVORS’ also has coco-pina in a store I found. (Chia, mango, apple, Mixed fruits, Guava, strawberry, plus some I have not translated the names of but are good any way)

However, the other week I was out selling on the street & he passed by with “coconut water which is good, but I like the meat a little better. So he had a small bag on the cart for me to see and point at.

Few days later I passed him selling on a corner he hangs out on & bought some more. My first bag was 5 pesos, the 2nd he wanted 10 pesos. A Deal either way, 18 pesos to the dollar about 55 cents for a bag with chile & lime on it. The red plastic bottle is the chile powder (not hot just flavor safe for a 2 year old to chew on) & you can see his bag of limes next to it.

Well, not sure if he just likes to chat to the ceviche vendor on the corner or the local corner store for the limes, but yeah. I walked over to the ceviche cart & got a bag of coco, teasing him on is  it 5 or 10 pesos? yes 10 pesos is quite regular price. 15 pesos for a coconut water in a plastic bag & straw which a lot of people buy….

So now he will check to see if I want some as he passes by… (good thing coconut is not fattening). Yes, a lot of food carts go past daily and walking around is dangerous with all the different food vendor carts & stands/stalls.

Since I had my camera in hand, it was a shot to take!

Using the machete to chop off the hard shell, then a smaller knife to cut about half a coconut up in the bag. Squeeze a lime after pouring in some chile powder … yummm!

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20180128: Dia de la Candelaria poster #2

And the 2nd one with more of the Sacred Object in focus…

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Any way, I am having fun & building business finally here in town. This poster will be for sale the next time I am selling on the street. Today I got rained on and it was lunch time, so I picked up the new posters.

I Am considering going back out if the rain stops. Just light sprinkles when I came back a little bit a go.

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20180101: Happy Beginning of a New Year! Playing with memories.

OK, so a quick look at a photograph from old, to be printed out as an enlarged print and a second one to also be colorized.

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Here is the photograph taken by me with my camera. The starting point.

However what was not seen by my naked eyes,

 

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Was the halftone effect, there for whatever reason. Enlargement was an issue to solve first.

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The images to print for the customer. Black & white version.

And the Colorized version.

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yeah, I underbid the job… but heck of a sales pitch item for me to use on the potential clients.

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20171209: Dancing in the night.

These are some brave souls. Bloody cold & windy but they did their thing beside the San Juan de los Lagos “Saint’d Church.

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Just a little color in the chill night air.

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20171201: Dia de la Muertos San Juan de los Lagos Style poster

I finally got to finish editing the Dia de Muertos night event & build a poster out of it.

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A little color & fun in San Juan de los Lagos Jal., Mexico

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20171130: One model photo, 4 versions, Photoshop demostration

Here in town I get a lot of requests of people having photos of family, boyfriend or girlfriend in USA & a local wants a better background on the photograph.

So I did a quick Photoshop demo to print out showing that I took one image of a woman & made 4 different treatments to that same image. With a single poster printout, I have 4 styles of one shot to show customers.

Photoshop work.

HOWEVER folks we Professional & Artists have been doing this LONG BEFORE ADOBE PHOTOSHOP was created.

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In 1993 I took a photograph of the Newspaper Publishing Co building with really beautiful clouds in sky behind it. About a month later, the parking lot in front was coated with a fresh coat of tar and one of the other staff had shot it just an hour later when no one was parked on it and everything was very clean.

I happened to see that both my photograph & the other person’s photograph were shot near the same area so it was an “easy” job of putting my sky in his “clean Publishing building” shot.

So some 6 hours of work “sandwiching the two negatives together” to make one image in a WET Darkroom. Next morning when the Owner of the publishing company came in I showed him the Black & white photograph print. He liked it, thanked me and walked off with it.

A week later I saw a new stack of sale person folder sitting on the Sales Dept manager’s desk as I walked by. Yeah, you guessed it, I saw my “sandwiched PHOTO” was on the cover of those handout folders for customers.

In 1974 with my 1st WET darkroom I was doing this at 2 am in the morning instead of sleeping for school later in the morning. Long history of having artistic fun!

So darkrooms & combining artistic work & photographs are about 180 years old folks.

Photoshop is the “new fangled name”, that is all.

Hope you like the pretty lady, a model in Southern California I show in 2014 & the different treatments of her portrait.

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20171130 Clowning Around Town, tourist poster for San Juan de los Lagos

OK, here is another poster I am now selling.

My photos & design work of course. (yeah, I will be giving a copy to the clown if I can figure out which one he is of about 3 or 4.)

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Creative shooting folks.

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