CenAm 2008-01-10

...where we explored Chichicastenago, and shopped in the huge market.


Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/19.9, ISO 100
Chichicastenango converts itself into a gigantic open air market twice per week. This is the view looking west-ish (I think) from Iglesia de Santo Tomas. If indeed west, that's the Capilla de Calvario in the background. We met a very nice couple from England there.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/6.4, ISO 100
The market. This is the quiet section.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 1/100 sec, f/5.7, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 11.0 mm; 1/60 sec, f/18.2, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100
I just liked the colors, but this kid kept looking at me. So take that.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 1/10 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
Clearly, this poor guy doesn't know how to make lemonade.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 24.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Color! I'd have been happy with just the colorful plastic bowls.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 144.0 mm; 1/30 sec, f/5.7, ISO 100
Just too busy.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 33.0 mm; 1/30 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100
Better than the last, but still wild.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 28.0 mm; 1/15 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100
Stacks and stacks of....I don't really know what. Towels?



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/15 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 33.0 mm; 1/15 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/20 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400
Like I said, stacks and stacks.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 21.0 mm; 1/30 sec, f/12.9, ISO 400
And just think: they haul all this stuff in and back out TWICE per week.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/7.0, ISO 100
Taxi stand just outside the market. The pair walking up the street are from California (somewhere) and are spending a semester or two in Costa Rica. Must be rough.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 40.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/14.1, ISO 100
Auto repair shop, with authentic corn cob sidewalk. Yes, the guy under the truck is welding.



Chichicastenago, from the hill with the cemetary. Wow, what an ugly high-rise.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/22.6, ISO 100
Looking east from the cemetery. Well, looking down and east. The cemetery is on a bit of a hill.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 200.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/22.6, ISO 100
Looking east from the cemetery. The Mayan Inn is at the top of the hill on both sides, exactly where the cluster of gringo is at.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM EX at 191.0 mm; 1/30 sec, f/22.6, ISO 100
Same thing, with cell tower.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/25 sec, f/22.6, ISO 100
Cemetery and/or homeless shelter.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 40.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/22.6, ISO 100
This was neat. The smoke is from a shaman (?) (the guy in front of the brown mausoleum) lighting off noise and smoke. The family on the right was watching...and eating lunch. And throwing their trash wherever.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 106.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/12.9, ISO 100
If I'd crop off the right half, a great picture. Kids, don't try this at home.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 14.0 mm; 1/30 sec, f/12.9, ISO 100
It took a bit to figure out this is a monument to road construction guy, engineer, etc.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 72.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/12.9, ISO 100
For having a bunch of human bodis decomposing under it....it sure is pretty.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/14.1, ISO 100
I guess the market was full, and this was the best place they could get.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 33.0 mm; 1/100 sec, f/14.1, ISO 100
I don't know if he was out late last night, is having a slow day, or is just some guy that wanted to take a nap.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/20 sec, f/9.9, ISO 800
Yes, bags of flour. I was into patterns today.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/6.4, ISO 200
Some time I'll remember to bring the video camera too. This guy (with the hat and T-shirt in the lower right corner) was selling some kind of magic powder that will bring vitality. Part of his sales pitch involved bones from small critters. He made plenty of sales.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 200.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/7.0, ISO 100
Back at the Mayan Inn. Wandering around looking at flowers. I tried to smell them, but didn't smell anything.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 72.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/12.9, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 162.0 mm; 1/100 sec, f/5.7, ISO 400



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 48.0 mm; 1/25 sec, f/9.1, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/5.7, ISO 100
Closing time. Such a contrast to what it was like during the day!



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 1/30 sec, f/7.0, ISO 100
TWICE per week, they set up and tear down this stuff. Obviously, we're not talking about manufactured "insert tab 1 into slot 4" stuff.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/12.9, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/7.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 12.0 mm; 1/25 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/30 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 24.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 106.0 mm; 1/25 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200
The first in a long string of photos showing I need lots more practice with action shots. The one in yellow was always hiding some part of her face, both were playing "hide from the camera". Shortly before/after I took this I stepped backwards into a hole and tumbled over. They loved it.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 48.0 mm; 1/20 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200
Hauling the market away.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 200.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/6.4, ISO 200
More fire.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 200.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/6.4, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 200.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/9.1, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 59.0 mm; 1/5 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100
Looks violent, but it's actually just a longer time exposure than the others.



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