Portraits part 1

I almost always carry a camera with me, whether i am attending a concert, having a meal with friends, going to a wedding, etc. It happens to be that when you expend so much time with people around you end up taking portraits.

I am using here the term portrait in its broad acception.

Reviewing the portraits I have taking during the past year I could realize the evolution of my photography both while taking the photo and editing it. At some point I added some color to my black and white images, later I dropped that approach and improved my scanning methods as well as the basic photoshop skills I had. I’m no expert now, but I think I have improved (hope so)

This was my first portrait, and also one of the first pictures I made with my Leica M2. At the time I had a canon 50mm 1,8 lens. It was shot at full aperture 1/30 of a second on TriX. I do not have neither the Leica nor the Canon lens. Only the TriX remains, although I am more found to HP5.

Yes, I was into the coloring black and white. I may do it again someday. Leica M2 – Canon 50 1,8

Leica M2 – Canon 50 1,8 Maybe one of the last rolls I shot with it.

The canon was my only lens. I sold it for a Leica DR Summicron 50mm 2,0

This photo was the last from a roll hence its cropping. Leica M2 – DR Summicron 50mm 2,0

Like I said in a previous post, sometimes I use color film.

Leica M6 – Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f2,0

Many of the pictures I take are indoors, in low light conditions, at night. That was the reason I switched into a faster 50 this time at 1,5

This was a rather difficult shot, Leica M2  – Nokton 50mm 1,5 at full aperture, shutter speed was 1/4 of a second I believe- Rollei 80 film

I really enjoy the Nokton, it is difficult to part from it, but I am in need of different focal lengths…  Now that I am developing my own film and may be able to push the HP5 to 800 or even 1600 I may live at f2 …. right?

Is it the Nokton 1,1 an upgrade? I will check that out.

Politics

El Salvador is in politic campaign. The elections will be held on March 11, 2012. A new voting system to elect senators will be implemented. The voting places will be according to the residence of the citizens.

(Three months of pure and cynical visual contamination)

Things are changing. The opposition as well.

 

 

Mario y la Tierra de Alvargonzalez

Mario me peguntó hace algunos dias si tenía fotos de la presentación que su grupo de teatro, llamados para esa ocación Los Nogales, había realizado durante la presentacion de mi exposición el pasado Diciembre. Dije que no.

En un rollo que revelé hace poco encontré esta foto; con ella y con el presente post enmiendo mi omisión.

La obra presentada fue “La Tierra de Alvargonzalez” de Antonio Machado, un romance que consta de setecientos doce versos, divididos en cincuenta y un romances cortos, de los cuales dejo un breve extracto…

 I

Siendo mozo Alvargonzález,
dueño de mediana hacienda,
que en otras tierras se dice
bienestar y aquí, opulencia,
en la feria de Berlanga
prendóse de una doncella,
y la tomó por mujer
al año de conocerla.

Muy ricas las bodas fueron
y quien las vio las recuerda;
sonadas las tornabodas
que hizo Alvar en su aldea;
hubo gaitas, tamboriles,
flauta, bandurria y vihuela,
fuegos a la valenciana
y danza a la aragonesa.

II

Feliz vivió Alvargonzález
en el amor de su tierra.
Naciéronle tres varones,
que en el campo son riqueza,
y, ya crecidos, los puso,
uno a cultivar la huerta,
otro a cuidar los merinos,
y dio el menor a la Iglesia.

III

Mucha sangre de Caín
tiene la gente labriega,
y en el hogar campesino
armó la envidia pelea.