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photography by alessandro ciapanna

Posts tagged ‘monochrome’

HOLBOX ISLAND – more ph(one)tography

A few more views of one-of-a-kind Holbox Island, in southern Mexico.

Although these pictures were taken on a rather oldish smartphone, they printed out perfectly on A4-sized paper.

 

 

 

 

Blowin' in the wind.

Blowin’ in the wind.

 

 

 

 

Beach chair, a la Mexicana...

Beach chair, a la Mexicana…

 

 

 

 

Mayan influence, no doubt.

Mayan influence, no doubt.

 

 

 

 

Mangrove? Womangrove? Either way, it's very dead.

Mangrove? Womangrove? Either way, it’s very dead.

 

 

 

 

During rising tides, this "river" flows in the wrong direction - from the sea towards the land rather than the other way around...

During rising tides, this “river” flows in the wrong direction – from the sea towards the land rather than the other way around…

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed this set. Thanks for the visit.

Alessandro Ciapanna

HOLBOX ISLAND – more ‘phone shots

A few more snapshots captured with an older Smasung smartphone on Holbox Island, one of Mexico’s better kept secrets…

 

 

 

 

Birds, poles, sea.

Birds, poles, sea.

 

 

 

 

Birds, poles, sea and a man apparently standing on water

Birds, poles, sea and a man apparently standing on water.

 

 

 

 

Pelican, poles, sea.

Pelican, poles, sea.

 

 

 

 

Poles and hammock, but no birds.

Poles and hammock, but no birds.

 

 

 

 

What, no poles?

What, no poles?

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed this rather ornithological instalment. Thanks for the visit!

Alessandro Ciapanna

HOLBOX ISLAND – the smartphone files

I finally did it. I finally tried out my smartphone’s camera. File sizes are not very large, shutter lag all but forbids pursuing moving subjects and no amount of shading or peering will make the screen usable for composition. That said, for such a small package, it does pack a fair punch.

 

 

 

 

 

Holbox Island, in southern Mexico, is an unusual place. The beaches' sand is a little hard but a well-worn couch provides providential padding...

Holbox Island, in southern Mexico, is an unusual place. The beaches’ sand is a little hard but a well-worn couch provides providential padding…

 

 

 

 

All around Holbox there are many poles sticking out of the shallow water. While te effectiveness in combating erosion is debatable, it is undeniable that they do provide handy resting spots for the many seabirds.

All around Holbox there are many poles sticking out of the shallow water. While the effectiveness in combating erosion is debatable, it is undeniable that they do provide handy resting spots for the many seabirds.

 

 

 

 

Holbox has two piers, this wooden one is the smaller of the two and juts north into the Gulf of Mexico.

Holbox has two piers, this wooden one is the smaller of the two and juts north into the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

 

 

My smartphone camera has such a long shutter lag that moving subjects prove a challenge to capture at the right time...

My smartphone camera has such a long shutter lag that moving subjects prove a challenge to capture at the right time…

 

 

 

 

...but pre-framing and focusing and then waiting for the subject to walk into the frame does improve chances slightly.

…but pre-framing and focusing and then waiting for the subject to walk into the frame does improve chances slightly.

 

 

 

 

Holbox being an odd place, the highlight of the Christmas season is the annual dog dress-up contest, held in the town square. The pup on the right, in a green elf-y thing won the contest.

Holbox being an odd place, the highlight of the Christmas season is the annual dog dress-up contest, held in the town square. The pup on the right, sporting a green elf-y number, won the contest.

 

 

 

 

Proud owner shows off his butterfly-winged mutt, who came in a very respectable second place.

Proud owner shows off his butterfly-winged mutt, who came in a very respectable second place.

 

 

 

 

The smartphone used for all these photos is an older Samsung Gt-i9070. Color jpegs were converted to monochrome and cropped to the square format on a regular desktop PC.

Thanks for the visit. Hope you enjoyed.

Alessandro Ciapanna