CenAm 2006-01-20

...where we explored Antigua.

In Antigua. The "plan" for the day was to wander around. Last night, we thought about getting a tour for today, but didn't actually bother looking over the list of tours until breakfast today. At which time we discovered one of the better ones had already started, and the next best wasn't offered today.


Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 1/15 sec, f/11.0, ISO 800
First stop was the market. The market was HUGE. A gigantic warehouse, about a city block in size.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 1/30 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
After the market, the square. This is the hallway in front of the Palacio de la Policia Nacional.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
At the end of the Palacio, looking at the cathedral.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
Same location as the last photo, looking along the side of the cathedral.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
Down to La Concepcion, sadly ruined. I liked the stone work on what was left of the arch, but couldn't get in. It would have been fun to climb around here.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
Down the side-street, looking back.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 15.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
And now the front. This was a busy intersection; I stood around for ten minutes waiting for people to walk out of the way. Finally gave up and let someone hide in the shadow.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 14.0 mm; 0.3 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
Broken pottery, supposedly found in the ruins of Santo Domingo (our hotel).



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 14.0 mm; 1/5 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
More broken pottery.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 11.0 mm; 0.8 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100
The museum at the ruins. Visually stunning, if not intellectually.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 18.0 mm; 1/20 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
Yet another busted cathedral. This one is in the Santo Domingo ruins.



Buried under Santo Domingo, a graveyard. They excavated some bones, and put glass over it. This is in a room, oh, 3 to 4 meters on a side. The floor is completely glass. I tried to pretend the camera was a scanner, but can't stitch the pieces together; perspective is causing the bones to look different.



Panoramic bones, creepy.



Attempt at a stitch with four photos, each from a different location. Usually, a panoramic view is formed by rotating the camera to capture the scene. Instead, here I shifted the camera. This shifting changed the perspective of the bones...resulting in the mess in the middle. One picture just couldn't capture the whole thing.



A panning-panoramic that (barely) worked. I didn't leave enough overlap between the six pictures.



The sun sets behind a mountain in Antigua.



The sun sets behind a mountain in Antigua.



The sun sets behind a mountain in Antigua.



Canon EOS 300D with Unknown 28-300mm at 39.0 mm; 1/13 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Upon leaving the ruins, I walked by a neat stone wall, about three feet tall. I spent lots of effort composing and focusing and making sure I was perpendicular, and etc, took the photo and went away happy. When I got back home and looked at this, I noticed the skull-like object in it. Spooky!!



Canon EOS 300D with Unknown 28-300mm at 300.0 mm; 1/4 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100
Back to the rooftop for sunset views. Pa points out this rather bizarre looking tree on the top of the mountain to the south-east. Tree? Hell! Cell tower!



Canon EOS 300D with Unknown 28-300mm at 50.0 mm; 6 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
We went to dinner at Ni-Fu Ni-Fa, a wonderfully decorated open air Argentinian restaurant. This is the first time I've seen a good dark beer in Central America.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 20 sec, f/16.0, ISO 100
And, finally, back to the square for some night photos. This is La Catedral.



Canon EOS 300D with Unknown 28-300mm at 28.0 mm; 15 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100
Palacio de la Policia Nacional.



Canon EOS 300D with Unknown 28-300mm at 28.0 mm; 30 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100
The hallway, in front of Palacio de la Policia Nacional.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 3.2 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
La Catedral, again.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 2 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
The lobby of the hotel. This used to be the reception desk, now it's just a desk. Reception has moved to the middle of the hotel. Rule #2: Don't try to understand, just accept it.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 2.5 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100
The hallway from the lobby to our rooms. Hand held; I'm either dead tired or dead relaxed. Or both.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 1.3 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
Waiter, there's a guy in my photo!



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