Travels In Mexico - ColdSnap Photography

Travels In Mexico

Here are some of my select favorite images from our trip so far in Mexico.

Boats, Embarcadaro Tamul Cascada, San Luis Petosi Mexico

New Year’s Day Tomy and I paddled the 3-hour round trip to the Tamul Waterfall, (actually the guides did most of the paddling and we did lots of photography and a little paddling!) It was an amazing trip up a beautiful river gorge. 
Roadside Church, Sierra Gorda Mountains, San Luis Petosi, Mexico

There is something magical about the light of Mexico.

Fujifilm X-100F with fixed 35mm lens @ F10 @ 1/480th second ISO 400
Wedding Celebration In The Streets Of Oaxaca. 

As any wedding photographer knows the wedding day is all about the bride! I love how this image captures the swirl of activity around this bride, she is the center of it all!

Fujifilm X-100F with fixed 35mm equivalent lens, @ f2.2 @ 1/40th second ISO 1600
Biking To Work, Oaxaca Mexico

The early morning light in the city. 

Fujfilm X-T4 with Fujinon 10-24 @ 10mm, f8 @ 1/750th Second ISO 1600
Redfaced Warbler, Valle de Teotitlan, Oaxaca Mexico

A stunningly attractive bird that habitats above 8000 feet in the forested mountains of Mexico.

Fujfilm X-T3 with 100-400 and 1.4 teleconverter @ 560mm, f8 @ 1/1500th second ISO 3200
Pluma Hildago, Oaxaca Mexico

What goes into capturing a great landscape photograph? It is hard to quantify that statement. There are days and places where the photographs jump at every turn, then there are places and times when you really have to work to capture the essence of a scene. 

Mexico is not an easy place to photograph landscapes. Not for the lack of subject matter–no far from that! It isn’t easy here for several reasons. One of the primary reasons is the way the infrastructure is built. For the most part, the roads don’t have shoulders. I mean it is impossible to just stop for a photo, especially in the mountains, and the mountain road to Pluma Hildago is well, a really special story which I hope to tell in another post. 

Anyhow, I did manage to capture this scene as we approached Pluma Hildago, a town in the Oaxacan Mountains that is quite remote, but not so remote that when we arrived at the town square and got out of our car we were immediately greeted by Jason from Brainerd Minnesota, who told us ” Well I saw the Minnesota plates so I figured I’d better say hello”! We are glad you did!
5:00 Rainstorm, Pluma Hildago Oaxaca Mexico

You may think that this is just a different angle from the same scene that I posted yesterday, but the truth is that every day at about 5:00pm the clouds roll in and a little rainstorm passes. I could spend months exploring the backroads of these mountains looking for landscape scenes. We left too early! I hope we get to go back. 

Fujfilm X-T3 with 100-400 @ 140mm, f10 @ 1/210th second ISO 1250
White-throated Magpie Jays Sitting In A Plumeria Tree, Huatulco Oaxaca, Mexico.

These beautiful and noisy birds are fun to watch as they soar from tree to tree. They frequently travel in mobs, and you always know when they are around!

Fujifilm X-T3 with Fujinon 100-400 with 1.4 teleconverter @ 560mm, f13 @ 1/850th of a second ISO 3200
Vermillion Flycatcher On The Wing, Huatulco Oaxaca, Mexico.

In the fading light, this flycatcher was busy feeding. He hardly took any notice of me. 

Fujifilm X-T3 with Fujinon 100-400 with 1.4 teleconverter @ 560mm, f8 @ 1/300th second ISO 3200
Rufus Backed Robin, Hultalco Oaxaca, Mexico

The bird photography down here is quite amazing! I’ve added several species to my life list. It’s a tad on the warm side–upper 80’s but I suppose make do…

Fujifilm X-T3 with Fujinon 100-400 with 1.4 teleconverter @ 560mm, f8 @ 1/60th second ISO 1600