Mexico Revisited

Tomorrow is a big day for ‘the Mexile’. But more about that, well…tomorrow. Today, I want to take you back nearly ten years ago. My backpacking tour of Mexico. My photos have been on Flickr for years. Or so I thought. I do look back through my shots from time to time. But there’s more than 11,000 of them, so I’m not likely to notice anything amiss.

Except, when looking back at the photos from 2003, I did notice that there was something not quite right. I was sure I’d taken more photos. Yet there were only a couple of dozen in a few assorted albums. And not one from Mexico City. The images were all really small, only 500 pixels wide.I had a brainwave. In the old days, didn’t I burn my photos to disk? I hunted around for my CD wallets and leafed through them. Sure enough, there was a CD with Mexico/New York scribbled on it in felt pen.

DSCN0908(1)

Just over a hundred and thirty photos, all full sized and with the Exif info on them, proudly declaring that these snaps were the produce of a Nikon Coolpix 880. Finally, after ten years, I have the photos of that trip, all the photos, uploaded on to Flickr. In two sets. The first is here, and has just basic post processing applied. Cropping, straightening, a little extra contrast etc.

The second set is here. I let rip with my Lightroom presets. There’s no getting away from it. Camera technology has moved on a lot in the last ten years. But for a decade old compact, I think the image quality that Nikon produced has stood the test of time ok. When viewed on a monitor anyway. I was very, very proud of that Nikon. It was, at the time, cutting edge tech.

If you take the time to have a look through either set, I hope you enjoy the short photographic tour of Mexico. Mexico City, Veracruz, Tulum, San Cristobal, Palenque, San Blas, Guanajuato and the Copper Canyon – all fantastic destinations. How lucky was I to have the time and funding to go see them all over a couple of fantastic months?

DSCN0871(1)

7 Comments

  • Really enjoyed the first set of photos. Where was that wading river and falls? Looks amazing! Also, love the one of the woman with all her food baskets.

  • I LOVE the picture of the boats at the bottom of the post.

    I bought my first digital camera about ten years ago, a Canon G3. Even though I’ve moved on to a DSLR, I’m still pretty happy with the photos from the old Canon. Four megapixels was sufficient for most prints, and the camera itself had many automatic functions, but also a full manual mode which I too advantage of with my tripod. It also created RAW files, so there was pretty good dynamic range too.

    I look forward to your return to Mexico. Recent movements in exchange rates have made it cheaper again.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we regret not having bought a certain house in Condesa in DF in the spring of 2007 when we saw it. It’s probably worth twice as much now.

    • The Canon G Series cameras have always been pretty cutting edge as far as compacts go. Always at the top end of the price spectrum too, which is why I’ve never owned one. Sadly, I’ve always had to purchase value, rather than dreams!

      Are housing prices really rocketing in DF? Glad that’s not something I have to worry about…

      • I think Condesa in particular has gone up, but I’ve been fantasy shopping for some years now, and prices are definitely rising.

Leave a Reply