CenAm 2006-01-07

...where we flew from Laredo to Veracruz, Mexico.

We were supposed to meet up with the Baja Bush Pilots in Laredo, for a barbeque at the FBO. Which probably would have been lots of fun, and tasty too. Instead, we bailed and headed down to Veracruz. We bumped into and/or forced them to watch us eat dinner last night, and they liked the idea, so we all went to Veracruz.

On the way, we took photos and movies of each other.


Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200
This is Dad. He really is flying the plane ("Look, Ma! No hands!"). He looks a little squished because you're looking at about 100 degrees here. We're nearly shoulder to shoulder when sitting normally. I'm not looking through the viewfinder, just holding the camera in front of my chest. It's a Sigma 10-20mm, if you care.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/1600 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200
This is the wing. I used the same lens as in the previous picture...which makes it look like we're in a 747 or something. It's really only 20 feet long.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200
Ma and Pa in Veracruz. We like Veracruz. We're essentially the only obvious tourists there. It's nice. Anyway, we stay at the Emporio hotel, which is down on the docks, next to the Navy and Pemex HQ. Great view (if you like boats), and, on Friday and Saturday, tons and tons of nightlife.



Canon EOS 300D with Unknown 28-300mm at 28.0 mm; 6 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200
For reasons we don't know, there was an oil rig in Veracruz.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 12.0 mm; 2.5 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200
The oilrig on the right, vendors and Pemex HQ on the left.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 11.0 mm; 1 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200
More oilrig.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 0.3 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200
Ma & Pa either tired, grumpy that I've been taking photos all night, or just happy to be here.



Canon EOS 300D with Unknown 28-300mm at 28.0 mm; 2 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200
The church (?) in Veracruz centro. The clock was about 15 minutes fast. Nightlife!



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 2.5 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200
Xmas tree still up!



Canon EOS 300D with Unknown 28-300mm at 28.0 mm; 1.3 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200
I couldn't quite figure this one out.... We saw it again on the next visit here (at the end of this trip) so it must be some kinda tourist bus.



Canon EOS 300D with Unknown 28-300mm at 28.0 mm; 1 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200
Looking one way....



Canon EOS 300D with Unknown 28-300mm at 28.0 mm; 1/15 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1600
....and the other.



Canon EOS 300D with Unknown 28-300mm at 28.0 mm; 1/10 sec, f/3.5, ISO 1600
Ah, the mime. We sat for an hour plus, watching this guy (the one with the white face) mimic whoever was walking past. He'd walk behind them, like they walk. He'd barge in and start holding hands with companions. He'd just generally make fun of people as they walked past a bunch of cafe's on the square.



Canon EOS 300D with Unknown 28-300mm at 39.0 mm; 1/10 sec, f/4.0, ISO 1600
OK, another picture looking that way.



Canon EOS 300D with Unknown 28-300mm at 77.0 mm; 8 sec, f/10.0, ISO 100
Back at the hotel, Pemex building and the oilrig. Hey, I never saw one before!



Canon EOS 300D with Unknown 28-300mm at 28.0 mm; 25 sec, f/10.0, ISO 100
Dad and I were out on the balcony at the hotel, enjoying the night. I'm idly taking night photos (the one before, and many other crappy ones). Eventually, I notice a set of moving lights. Hmmm....strange...what's that....hey! It's a boat! So I take some more photos. Then I ask Pa if he can see the boat. "What boat?"......



Canon EOS 300D with Unknown 28-300mm at 28.0 mm; 2.5 sec, f/10.0, ISO 800
....This was, well, trippy. This huge boat is moving out of the harbor, not slowly, and it took us a couple of minutes to see it. It's not like we were staring down at the guy on the street selling parking advice and car washes (we did that earlier), it was just dark, and, well, we don't notice big things moving, I guess.



Panoramic.



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