CenAm 2007-01-08

...where we explored Veracruz again. Remember Romancing the Stone? Some of it was shot here, at San Juan de Ulua.

After some indecision (most of the Baja group is here now) in the morning, we decide to catch a water taxi over to San Juan de Ulua. We leave just before lunch (good idea, that) walk down to the harbor (again) and decide instead on a harbor tour.

After the tour, some of us catch the water taxi over to the fort (but still no lunch).


Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 88.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/9.1, ISO 100
Look, we're in a harbor with lots of gigantic boats and cranes and industry. And I'm a nerd. And I have a camera. Had I all day, and my own boat, I'm sure I could have found a shot with all four of the blue/yellow cranes doing the right thing, as it was, I had to settle for two of them and lots of clutter.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 179.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
Harbor marker? I thought it looked remarkable person-like. And I liked the unnaturalness of the stone.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 33.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/9.9, ISO 100
San Juan de Ulua, and the MSC Carouge out of Hamburg. We eventually climb into the tower. More later.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 59.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/9.9, ISO 100
See above comment about nerdiness.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 21.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/9.9, ISO 100
Veracruz from the middle of the harbor. Left to right: the Pemex building (1940!), the Faro Carranza (offices of the Navy), the Hotel Emporio (where we usually stay when we're by ourselves, but now under major renovation).



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/60 sec, f/6.4, ISO 100
At San Juan de Ulua. They built this thing out of coral and stone. This is the coral. We've all seen stone before, so I didn't think to take a picture of any. Sorry.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/9.1, ISO 100
The entrance. The bridge on the left led to the evil nasty part...but I was back taking photos of coral and missed most of the tour here.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/60 sec, f/9.1, ISO 800
Inside. I liked the way the arches formed a corridor. This shot is also in Romancing the Stone.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/1600 sec, f/9.1, ISO 800
Another Romancing the Stone shot. Columbia, huh?



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 33.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
I liked the colors here. Makes me think of stereotypical desert Mexico. Desolate, dry.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/20 sec, f/11.3, ISO 1600
Not exactly a photograph, just a vacation picture. Stagtites hanging from the ceiling. Rain water and ocean water seeping up through the coral.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 106.0 mm; 1/20 sec, f/11.3, ISO 3200



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 21.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/22.6, ISO 100
The MSC Carouge, from the top of the fort. I was expecting unloading to be a lot quicker; it took a good two minutes to load one container on a truck.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/30 sec, f/22.6, ISO 100
Container storage, right next to an historical site.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 144.0 mm; 1/30 sec, f/22.6, ISO 400
Another vacation picture. Execution chamber. Note all the bullet holes that are nowhere near.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 24.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/4.0, ISO 400
Just a little corrosion on the prison bars.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 125.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/9.1, ISO 100
Not sure where one finds the guide book for these "Tourist Guides".



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 88.0 mm; 30 sec, f/25.8, ISO 100
Another night shot of big boats in the harbor. Nerd.



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