Road test of Lightroom CC in Costa Rica!

In this lesson we see how LR CC can function during a travel photography shoot in Costa Rica and Los Angeles. I tell you what worked and what didn’t work for me, and give tips on effectively backing up your work to the 100 gb of Creative Cloud space Adobe gives LR CC users!

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Phoenix Resists

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Trump came to Phoenix and I went down to the protest. People with signs, people cosplaying, these are not things I like to photograph or film, so I didn’t make too much of anything, and I wasn’t involved in the actual chaos that happened after the rally. The truly depressing thing was not seeing the Trump supporters in the flesh but how protestors and MAGA-ers just yell at each other as if that does any good. They don’t even speak the same language. A Trump supporter, at this point, is either completely blind to him being a racist/ why racism is bad, or they fully embrace and endorse being a racist and facist. The Trump protestor largely expressed that he is a racist and facist and it goes into the void between these two camps.
I wonder if MAGA types could be swayed by focusing on collusion with Russia – it is, you know, treason in the actual literal sense.
Life has taught me, though, that if someone supports someone, politically or otherwise, it’s never really about reason, it’s about emotion, and underlying strong beliefs that have no rationale behind them.
A Trump supporter genuinely believes white male dominance trumps any treason, law breaking, gangsterism, decline in cultural values or standing in the world, etc.
It’s how evangelicals still support a person so clearly unreligious, unspiritual, how poor rural people support a man who is the biggest rich city slicker of all.
How someone could claim to be a patriot and still defend the Confederacy and treason with foreign hostile nations.
What does screaming back and forth do to change any of that?

Maryjane / Bar Fashion

These images were “round 2” with Portland model Maryjane McLain, which is to say, the second time I got to work with her in the last 6 months or so.  We had access to a dive-y bar which all kinds of psycho stuff written on the walls, and it was a complete blast to shoot amongst the bar patrons and in the creepy, ratty basement.  I have been a recent admirer of the South African rave-rap group Die Antwoord who have a similar rat-like vibe thanks to their frequent collaborations with photographer Roger Ballen; it’s not quite the same as shooting with a stylish Maryjane but you can see where some of the influence comes from.

Maggie in the Superstitions Wilderness

We have been having a pretty dramatic winter around Phoenix, meaning it’s a bit more grey and rainy than usual; the day after a storm you are guaranteed the sun will punch through and give you some amazing shots if you’re in the right place at the right time.  I went hiking with my family around 3 pm by the Peralta trail on the east side of the Superstition Mountains, and my daughter Maggie decided to get “experimental” with some of her posing.  All images shot on the Fuji X-T2, lenses were the 35mm 1.4 and 18-55mm 2.8-4.

Parroquía San Bernardino de Siena, Mexico City D.F.

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One of the mistakes we made in Mexico City was renting a car and driving in what is routinely described as a city with the worst traffic/ most incomprehensible layout of streets/ no parking available at all.  When we went to Xochimilco, we decided to walk all around after 3 hours of terror in the car.  That led us to Parroquia San Bernardino de Siena, a mission-style church built from 1535-1580 on the grounds of a Pre-Hispanic temple.Mexico City (270 of 718)

I snuck around the rooms which were pretty sparsely furnished, but it ended up giving me some of my favorite photography of the trip.  I like that they keep the human element without having humans in them, or rather, representations of humans in the form of portraits, statues of a creepy Jesus, and foosball tables.

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The Clown of Bosque de Chapultepec

Lots of clowns around Mexico City. Some are small children with no parents in sight begging for money. This guy picked me out of a crowd and posed as I was the only person in a crowd of probably a thousand+ with a camera. Asked if I spoke spanish, joked around and called me Leonardo DiCaprio and my wife got called Monica Lewinsky.Mexico City (1134 of 524)

The location, Bosque de Chapultepec, is a massive area full of museums and family fun- the equivalent of Central Park in New York or Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  It’s definitely a great place for anyone with an itch for street photography.

Making Out In Mexico City

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While traveling in Mexico City I was struck by how many people were making out in public, particularly in a few extremely public areas where I would look in each direction and see a couple having a moment. Mexico City is a place where no one but the odd tourist (aka myself) has a camera so I stood around for a while, waged war with my inner demons as to whether it was okay to take photos or not, and went ahead and did it; here’s a couple of couples.Mexico City (1075 of 524)

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