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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

INDIA TODAY – Jodhpur V

Hello world! A few more street scenes from Jodhpur, Rajahstan, India.

 

 

 

 

It's a fairly steep climb up to the ancient hilltop fort.

It’s a fairly steep climb up to the ancient hilltop fort.

 

 

 

 

No space is too small for a quick round of cricket. Heck, this narrow alley even comes with bleachers...

No space is too small for a quick round of cricket. Heck, this narrow alley even comes with bleachers…

 

 

 

 

I've had better days.

I’ve had better days.

 

 

 

 

Boiling milk into powder - and poking good-natured fun at one another while at it.

Boiling milk into powder – and poking good-natured fun at one another while at it.

 

 

 

 

Cheer up, buddy - you'll never get a customer, with such a grumpy face...

Cheer up, buddy – you’ll never get a customer, with such a grumpy face…

 

 

 

 

...see? This guy smiled and picked up a ride right away...

…see? This guy smiled and picked up a ride right away…

 

 

 

 

And, finally, what would an India post on this blog without a "One photo, Sir?!"...

And, finally, what would an India post on this blog be without a “One photo, Sir?!”…

 

 

Hope you enjoyed this latest instalment. More to come soon.

Alessandro Ciapanna

INDIA TODAY – Hampi IV

A few more images to wrap up the photo essay on Hampi, India. All photos taken January 2014.

 

 

 

 

Today we cross the river from Hampi. Destination: the massive rocky outcrop visible top right in this image.

Today we cross the river from Hampi. Destination: the large rocky outcrop visible top right in this image.

 

 

 

 

Of course, as soon as you start walking, someone stops you, flashes a big smile and proffers the catchy phrase "One photo, sir?" Why not, my friend?

Of course, as soon as you start walking in India, someone approaches you, flashes a big smile and proffers the catchy phrase “One photo, sir?” Why not, my friend?

 

 

 

 

Once you complete the massive climb to the top, you will find a ho-hum temple dedicated to Hanuman. And then you will find many Indians, simply being their wonderful selves. Possibly in the shade.

Once you complete the climb to the top, you will find a ho-hum temple dedicated to Hanuman. And then you will find many Indians, simply being their wonderful selves. Possibly in the shade.

 

 

 

 

Annexed to the temple is a covered space, where pilgrims can enjoy a simple but hearty meal. Bucketful of rice, anyone?

Annexed to the temple is a covered space, where pilgrims can enjoy a simple but hearty meal. Bucketful of rice, anyone?

 

 

 

 

But of course, it is the massive, maritan rockscapes that provide the more outlandish photo ops.

But of course, it is the massive, martian rockscapes that provide the more outlandish photo ops.

 

 

 

 

Once back in Hampi proper, it is nice to see life keeps unfolding as usual. Where "as usual" really means "exactly as we've been doing it for thousands of years."

Once back in Hampi proper, it is nice to see life keeps unfolding as usual. Where “as usual” really means “exactly as we’ve been doing it for thousands of years.”

 

 

 

 

That's it for Hampi, for now. But, before we hit the road again, we need the blessing of the local elephant, Laxmi. One rupee travel insurance...?

That’s it for Hampi, for now. But, before we hit the road again, we need the blessing of the local elephant, Laxmi. One rupee travel insurance…?

 

 

 

 

Hampi is a real gem, and if it is in any way possible, i would definitely try to weave it into the fabric of a trip to India.

 

Please note that if i appear somewhat snobbish lately, it is because the course of my life has taken a few sharp turns, leaving me nowhere near enough time to peruse other blogs and enjoy what everyone else is up to. I really miss my quality time on wordpress, and i miss all the blogs i follow and all the bloggers that follow mine. That said – and to prove the point – i have to rush off now.

 

Thanks for the visit. I hope you enjoyed the photography.

Alessandro Ciapanna