This is what I saw when I took my street photography inside a Mexico City market, El Mercado San Juan de Pugibet in Mexico City. I went there for tapas in the famed San Juan Tapas, which is only half the size it was on my last visit in April of 2015; but the tapas were still great. I'm not sure, but I believe the change is related to their having opened another location in the city.

Hasta mañana.




Here's a photo I took with my iPhone 6 Plus, recently, in the San Juan Market in Mexico City. I'm happy with it. However, I couldn't help wondering how ot might work as a black and white:

Hmmm, I like this one, too. But I decided to return to the full color version. Then I thought, what if it had “bokeh” (selective focus), forcing the foreground to appear more important by playing down the background:

I decided to push the bokeh more aggressively…

But felt that maybe that was too extreme. I decided to go back and tinker with the colors:

Oh, yeah, I like that; but how about more of the same?

Garish? Maybe. I do like it, though. I tried adding some bokeh to this version:

OK, that's my favorite. Not realistic, true. Overdone. Obvious, even. An abstraction, really. But then, so is the black and white version. It's not natural, either. Truth is, though, this bright, powerful version feels more like being there, to me. More like the emotional impact of being there. Both have their audience. Frankly, I'm in the audience for both.

I'm still happy with the original, too, really. It's already miles ahead of anything I was ever able to do before digital photography came along.

Now, I don't much like using the ready made filters in the apps I work with, even though some, not all, of them are quite beautiful and effective. I prefer to play around with various adjustments, sometimes delicately, sometimes pushing them beyond reason. I don't keep track of my methods, because I don't want my work to become formulaic. I approach each image based on its content, and manipulate it accordingly.

Apps used, PhotoForge2, Leonardo, Snapseed.

Next, we'll take a part of this image and get really wild with it. Stay tuned…

Hasta Mañana




Continuing with the story of El Mercado San Juan and its international fare.

Short post tonight. I've gone way past midnight putting together this short video. I have a lot to learn in the video department, as you will see. But I'm determined. I have the equipment. Now for the skills needed.

Here, then, my latest…

To be continued…


I had visited this market in the center of Mexico City eight years ago, and photographed the typical Mexican market scenes of fish, rabbits, cabrito and pig, fruit and vegetable vendors, butchers and fish mongers, and the busy food counters…

But, somehow, I had missed something. Something I should not have missed. The San Juan Market is a “foodie” destination!

On this second visit, I noticed what I had previously overlooked…

Tapas? You bet! First a complimentary sampler of wine, followed by a small plate of cheese samples, then tapas,

followed by tasty complimentary dessert tapas of bread, honey, cream cheese, chocolate, striped strawberry and pecan…

To be continued…










There I was in Mexico City, having a great time on my way back to the Palacio De Bellas Artes for the Cartier-Bresson exhibition.

When I got there, I was surprised to be allowed to photograph inside the show. I spent hours there, pouring over some three hundred of the works of this master of street photography who was also a leader in photo journalism. And a film maker. Altogether a thrilling, satisfying and educational showing.

An added pleasure was seeing a large and diverse crowd so deeply involved.

Afterward, I had strolled through Chinatown

and the Plaza San Juan, with its brightly colored playground filled with laughing, squealing children, it’s splashing, overflowing fountain,

Past the locksmith, a real Peter O’Toole look-alike,

And on to El Mercado de San Juan de Pugibet.

(To be continued)