Photographer's Note

Hello friends!

I hope this will be the first of a series -- I spent a few weeks in December photographing the sculptures along the Malecón in La Paz. In that work, I realized the enormous debts that I owe to all of you -- and that realization helped me choose this first shot to share.

In November, close to my departure date, I saw an image from Deniz (Rigoletto) shot with a very fast prime lens. I realized that I had an antique gem -- a 50mm Nikkor f/1.4 -- from my very first 35mm camera, and that it would fit onto my D5000. As the D5000 is not a full-frame set-up, the lens functions as a 75mm prime, and opening the aperture will create wondrous bokeh. As there are no electronics, the exposure has to be made on the fly, but with digital, a few clicks will have you in the right ballpark. Thanks for this idea, Deniz!

These two faces with bird masks are part of about 8 little bird-men that sit in a small park about a block away from the Malecón. A generous philanthropist has taken several formerly-empty lots, that were serving only to collect litter, and made very nice public spaces in them. This one is called "Parque Pajaros y Piedras." I am still looking for information on the sculptor!

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