A bouquet of wild yellow flowers in the Temple of Kalasasaya in the Bolivian side of our highlands.
Memories of forgotten empires.
Dear reader, please clean your screen, there is a dirty spot near the top left.
He, just kidding, it’s from a dirty window. I noticed that a lot of water passed since I posted an image from a cell phone (a cheap and Chinese cell phone of 2 megapixels). A pair of hours ago I went to a laboratory to pick up some processed negatives. I’m experimenting with Fujifilm 400H and an advanced compact camera,
with luck the next week I’ll show some pics.
While I was waiting in the laboratory suddenly two girls (tourists from Colombia I think) entered and one with a Nikon with interchangeable lenses asked a filter. I know one thing or two about filters and the ones in the lab actually were going to hurt the quality of her lens (even more she didn’t now what filter to ask despite the diameter was labeled in the front of the lens), and if she wanted an UV filter I grew in a city at almost 4000 meters of altitude (13 000 ft) and we never ever needed UV filters. That made me remember other tourists that take burst of photographs of motionless subjects with high end cameras or cell phones (if I’m not wrong burst is more adequate for sports), or flash at night in the outside to shot far away towers.
Although I understand the use of an interchangeable camera actually I feel much more comfortable with a simple compact camera with a fixed lens, specially if that lens is a zoom. I don’t say nothing to the tourists because I can see that they actually are enjoying their equipment; me too, I enjoy also the equipment I choose, although I think they could take advantage of the online data and manuals to exploit the advantages of their tools. Or perhaps I’m quite obsessive.
Among several things that make us, natives, different to latinos is the music. Our music is like a carnival, it has religious roots and is related to the periods of old calendars; and it’s danced like gaming, there is no much touch, just running in big circles holding the hands and laughing. Probably that explain that is the only way to enjoy the music because once you stop it’s pretty basic (I guess that the more elevated music was wiped out when the Spaniards wanted to erase our culture in the eighteenth century) Actually in our land the hugs and other gestures implying touching are in part taboo except they are to the closes circle of your family (and grandparents, cousins, etcetera, are outside of that circle)
Instead the latinos are fans to dance salsa. It’s a dance where the touch is quite important and I’ve to say I can hear some songs but I don’t know how to dance it. Latinos use to dance it a lot and I didn’t understand it until I asked to some guy that likes gothic metal why he liked to dance salsa if that wasn’t the genre he liked to hear. He said that to get laid, me: “ahhh, I understand now” I also don’t understand that of latinos, if they like someone why don’t say it and why it has to be disguised with dancing and a path because supposedly if you don’t follow that steps then the lady is considered an easy girl.
I was thinking that because yesterday a girl asked me my facebook, and another one too for email (both are married I think so I guess they just want to feel the excitement of get more followers to brag) and that drives me crazy, if they want to speak to me why they don’t speak to me directly. Ask me a facebook to me translated to “give me your facebook to have a polite way to forget you in a list”
This year I’m leaving definitively the westerner cultures of the coast and I’m going to search a job in the smallest town of the highlands, just to forget that I’ve to use a foreign language as it’ the Spanish and certainly I had enough of Christians that clearly see my thoughts as a paganism (actually our religions are previous to Christianity in Peru) in internet I’ve seen that some Muslims although kind feel a certain discomfort too. So I prefer to be happy and have a peaceful life instead to be wealthy or poor among people I don’t understand and doesn’t want to understand the cultural differences.
Adobe homes with ichu roofs. I’d to live there, the only downside are the bathrooms, there are quite simple and to me that’s the most important part to live healthy. I can live without electric light (I’ve lived without electric light at the light of candles) but water and a good bathroom is essential to forget that life can be tough sometimes.
A place online to purchase Marumi filters from a kind friend in ebay
This photograph was possible to my polarizer, an excellent Marumi DHG Super polarizer, it laughed about dust or rain and with a microfiber it was easy to wipe any sporadic dirt. Sadly I learned that I’m not still a careful person so I lost it in my last travel with a pair more of filters. Fortunately a few days ago I received the replacement: a Marumi Exus circular polarizer, I did some tests with it and it’s astonishing, there is almost no loss of light, I cannot notice the use of the filter in the exposure but I have to careful see the rendering of reflections, that means that in dawn or dusk the camera is going to work, when using the polarizer, without the need to turn up the iso or using the widest aperture.
I’m glad to say a big thanks to the seller with the best prices in Marumi filters: Milen from Bulgary, he sent me that filter and other more to my home in Peru with responsibility and quite comfortable prices, as a disclaimer it’s just my experience as somebody that has to buy from internet because it seems there is nothing in my country, it’s not a sponsored post XD. Besides I think if you read this across a google search you’re searching Marumi filters at good prices, or if you’re a visitor friend then I’m glad to share with you my experience about sellers you can trust in ebay.
You can find to Milen here: milenius.valchev Thanks!
Medusa was a lady with an extraordinary hair. I always thought that the drawings and paints about her had an energetic presence and when kid she was one of my favorite characters in the movie Clash of Titans. Reading Wikipedia I see she’s classified like a monster and I always believed she was more a victim.