If you ever get the chance to visit Chile, make sure you spend a day or two in the city of Valparaiso.
Its approx a 2 hour drive west of the capital city Santiago.
Valparaiso is located along the Ocean's edge, on many hills, and the architecture is amazingly rustic. Many of the homes area falling apart, many are being restored, many are left in their original condition, it has a bit of everything.
Houses are even built ontop of eachother as they move up the steep hills, and the photo opportunities are plentyful!
My only wish was that we could have spend MORE time here. Perhaps next time.
Here we have a store front, with the open road on the right and left sides. Just a little hint of the style and charm.
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mesutilgim (80486) 2013-07-04 23:26
I do not remember the name of a German Novelist whose book been published in the sixties had the title "dog's life" ! This capture reminden me on that book. Valparaiso is for shure one of the most photegenic corners in Chile, and your capture is a nice evidenced for this.
TFS and best regards
emka (73729) 2013-07-04 23:38
Sp you went also to Valparaiso! For sure it deserves s bit longer stay, it is a beautiful city. And what fantastic mural are there! Real museum on the open air. Interesting shop on the corner. There are houses in better conditions than this one. And the dogs in Chile are strange - they do not bite or bark, just they are everywhere. Nice shot.
jjcordier (73612) 2013-07-04 23:40
Encore une belle exploitation de ton grand angle pour obtenir cette composition originale où le chien endormi joue tout son rôle.
serp2000 (38271) 2013-07-04 23:52
I see you don't like to sit at home more one month too ;)) I accustomed to see so twisted houses as a result of use the Sigma 8-16 mm lens. But the long nose of the dog makes me smile. Just a cartoon's hero!
adidas5nb (4498) 2013-07-05 0:30
i like the pov and the effect created due to lensing.like the angle and the depth.
Fis2 (82304) 2013-07-05 0:39
Your photo is very interesting.
I likie house.
Good frame and colors.
I like this daily life shot.
snunney (79973) 2013-07-05 2:11
An example of where the wide-angle lens 'makes' the composition; the ideal choice here. The dilapidation is evident but the buildings still retain a certain charm. Fido snoozing away in the heat adds further interest and introduces a touch of vitality to the scene.
I have only been to South America once when I stepped ashore for half an hour in La Guaira, the port for Caracas in Venezuela. Doubt whether I will ever get there again, but who knows?
holmertz (37567) 2013-07-05 2:41
If you can't find a person for the foreground a dog will do the trick ;-).
I was wondering if you had been to Valparaiso since I can't recall seeing any pictures from there earlier. It sounds to me like a very picturesque and interesting place. I love this shot of the simple but colourful hoses with a fish-eye view into two streets. The dog looks a bit funny but really is the king of the road. As always you have also done a good job with the PP.
Have a nice weekend.
timecapturer (45557) 2013-07-05 3:00
yes I think this shot sums up the atmosphere of the place and why you wanted to spend more time here. Love the character and sense of laziness in this image. Nice textures and use of the W/A to create depth and impact. Wonderful!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
Sergiom (55185) 2013-07-05 4:32
Tu as très bien composé celle-ci. Le grand angle permet de bien voir les deux côtés du coin de rue, avec le chien d'un bord et la diagonale vide de l'autre côté. La version ancienne de nos dépanneurs.
ikeharel (52917) 2013-07-05 4:34
Did you nuy any huevos or frutas, Craig ?...
Nice taken the corner, and the dog makes difference on the whole scene: it has a long and unique nose - even for a German-Shapered.
Nicely spotted the location, old yet intriguing.
daddo (22868) 2013-07-05 4:55
Hi Craig. Great POV and vivid colours together with the tight cropping create a special effect. Of course the sleepy dog is a nice extra.The writing on the wall promise many things but what is visible of the interior doesn't look too promising. Regards. Klaudio.
Nicou (117160) 2013-07-05 6:55
avec ce chien quelle compo et vue sueprbe image et captage quelle façade et forme ce cet édifice sueprbe vue.
Bravo et amitié
marabu61 (7443) 2013-07-05 7:35
There is certainly a sort of shabby charm in these well used dwellings here and if the whole city is like this it must be a photographers dream. The name Valparaiso already evokes the scent of adventure in me.
The dog reminds me of that dog in the Lucky Luke comics that always should look after the Daltons with his prolonged nose due to the extreme wide angle of your lens.
Truly a charming little scene you have captured here.
have a great weekend
SnapRJW (29318) 2013-07-05 10:54
There is something so charming about this type of neglected building Craig. The 'look' surely reflects the laid-back nature of those who live in places like this and also the fact that they have other issues to deal with and house maintenance is way down on this list! Even the dog here seems relaxed and 'cool' with life. A lesson here I think! Love your upward POV and the fact that we can see down two streets. I can see why you would like to visit again. Warm regards Rosemary
dkmurphys (46910) 2013-07-05 12:38
What a charming corner! You could spend a lot of time there...we have similar places here, you should see!
Enjoy the weekend.
jcpix (11556) 2013-07-05 16:10
If for nothing else, the blue color would have got my attention...but that's just one of the neat things about this shot! Parks, monuments, fountains, etc. are cool, but this is exactly the kind of subject I absolutely love...the "every day" buildings, shops, and streets of a locale.
So much character and appeal in the most common of subjects, and as you stated, there's usually a ton of photo ops just waiting to be had.
Just looking at this my eyes are scanning over some of the less obvious aspects that I think would make for a great shot, the decaying and weathered textures are phenomenal! I like what the wide angle has done here by elongating the dog...almost looks like a "wiener dog" (dachshund)/German Sheppard mix! :)
Sketchy looking store and old neighborhood, but it makes for a great image. Hope you have a fun time in Sin City my friend. Take it easy.
All the best,
Kugart (1778) 2013-07-05 17:13
This place certainly ha a lot o character. The scene tells me there is a lot of poverty here but yet they still have satellite tv as evidenced by the dish on the side of the building. Good POV and use of the wide angle lens.
Have a good weekend
yquem46 (38382) 2013-07-06 1:43
Terrific use of your ultra wide angle
Super view on the 2 streets and the dog
Have a nice WE
delpeoples (52729) 2013-07-06 4:29
Ha it's a dog's life! I thought Scooby had followed you down south for a moment there. I really like the distortions the wide angle lens has achieved here, even on Scooby's twin, aswell as on the architecture. The strong blue tones and the peeling paint look great.
Thanks for sharing, have a great day
tyro (18844) 2013-07-06 8:51
Wow! This looks a brilliant place for a roving photographer, especially a photographer with an ultra-wide lens, a tripod and all the HDR skills one could ever ask for!
Another fabulous shot from Chile with amazing light and colours which really show off the rough and worn textures of the stone and woodwork in this amazing city. And, as always, exquisite details and sharpness throughout. The inclusion of the lazy dog is a wonderful addition to a fabulous photograph!
P.S. I'm just wondering if I've already seen this shop somewhere else - perhaps on a video from Valparaiso? Have a look here or here and see if you can spot it!!
Cricri (101805) 2013-07-06 9:48
Bel effet du grand angle, donnant un bel aperçu des cotés de la maison, intéressante! le top avec la présence du chien, qui s'en fou de ta présence :-)), superbe image
krzychu30 (15344) 2013-07-06 10:03
I´ve heard a lot about Valparaiso and its charm.
You´ve found here really nice corner to photograph.These a little bit shabby houses have their own charm and beauty.But also this tired and lazy looking dog bring a lot of unique charm to the composition.The whole scene seen through your wide-angle lens has very nice atmosphere.
Have a nice weekend
zoomer (6) 2013-07-09 17:47
Hi,that is just an outstanding composition where you could not have caught the local atmosphere any better.All the best,Wolf.
dta (63404) 2013-07-10 10:52
Hello Craig ,
For sure , Valparaiso deserves to be visited , if there are other places as pictureque as this this one . The use of teh wide angle provide an excellent effect , especially with the dog in the FG .
Sonata11 (33163) 2013-07-11 21:37
Fantastic POV and I like the wide lens which make fantastic effect. Well done and well seen. I really like and enjoy this picture. Tfs.
sevy (15357) 2013-07-11 23:32
Nice point of view and strong and efficient composition playing with the streets to build a good perspective effect.
The blue color of the front and the dog well placed ended to complete the view.
mehranjahangiri (347) 2013-07-15 9:45
point of view is excellent.
color space is very beautiful.
thanks to you.
Hansaphotos (6431) 2013-07-15 12:10
A great shot from this interesting city. I love your composition and the relaxed atmosphere it conveys, underlined by the dog which is nicely placed in the foreground. Good use of the wide angle lens. The blue house well placed as a obvious focal point and a great view along the facades. Lovely shot my friend:)
Have a nice week.
mkamionka (29363) 2013-07-19 1:08
lovely presentation. It has a lot of atmosphere indeed. I like the well saturated colors. The damage to the building walls is always very photogenic, probably even more than a modern architecture. Great processing to emphasize it. The dog although a bit distorted by wide angle is a fantastic foreground, adding a lot of interest and life to the composition,.
ACL1978 (7467) 2013-07-21 19:01
Ah yes, the dogs of Valparaiso... they're everywhere! I have several shots much like this from the place.
Hopefully you have more South America shots in the pipeline... would love to see more from Valpo especially!
adores (34728) 2013-07-24 18:13
I really like this! - your pov was perfect to show both streets. The colours and textures of the old wall are fantastic and, of course, the dog makes all the difference! Good shot!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (52804)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-09
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-04 22:51