One A Day – 601 – Santa Maria de Guido

Down the old cobblestone way - towards Morelia
Down the old cobblestone way – towards Morelia

Bandstand in need of attention
Bandstand in need of attention

On the corner
On the corner

Gateway to the Courtyard
Gateway to the Courtyard

In the old churchyard
In the old courtyard

Sanctuary
Sanctuary

The Old Church in Santa Maria
The Old Church in Santa Maria

  • Santa Maria de Guido
  • Morelia, Michoacán, México
  • March 16, 2015
  • Copyright, all rights reserved

Santa Maria is a pueblo on the south side of Morelia which is in truth, older than the city below it. At the time of the conquest and the settlement of the Guayangareo Valley that Morelia fills today, the valley was quite swampy in the rainy season and not entirely pleasant to live in. Gradually, the Spanish (and the native people I’m sure) managed to drain enough of the valley to make a high area in the middle of the valley reachable the entire year, but until then, Santa Maria was the favored place to live in the area. And of course, in the military minds of the conquistadors, it was much more defensible should the native population prove less than friendly.

My photo walks are not planned really. I just pick a direction and go, stopping when I’ve done enough for the day. I may have a general aim in mind, but for the most part I just let my eyes and inclination take me where they will. I had a few problems with the new camera, I didn’t understand what I was seeing when setting the ISO, so the first half of the walk up the hill to Santa Maria was a lost. Well, not a total loss. If you learn something with a new camera it is always valuable, especially when you are not on a job.

This group of photos is a mix of techniques – I’ll let you guess what I used for each image. I’m at the point where I just decide what is best for an image and go with it. These were all shot with the super wide lens – there are a few more to come soon and I will go back to Santa Maria.

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