One A Day – 925 – Resolutions

Celebration on a Small Side Street


  • Photowalk
  • Centro, Morelia, Michoacán, México
  • December 31, 2016
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Two photos taken on New Year’s Eve on a short photowalk at around 9:30 in the evening. While our day was warm and partly cloudy, our evening brought some rain. It didn’t last and it didn’t dampen the evening’s celebrations as far as I could see. I went out thinking I would do several night shots, but I found that my wide angle (one of my favorite lenses) had some finger oil on the front of the lens that was causing light sources in the photos to flare. It is something I hate. A lens with a large surface area, like this one, is prone to picking up all sorts of dust and contamination. Most of it is easily removed but the oil from fingers can be very persistent and hard to detect before you get out on a shoot. The slightest amount will cause flare in night work. Not fun.

The first of these two shots was taken only a few steps from where I live. There was a car off to the left, backing down the short dead end street and another showing tail lights. The combination, with the light from inside the house made it an unusual moment I just happened to notice and capture. Inside, I’m sure a family or group of friends was together for the evening. Many families come together on New Year’s Eve in Mexico.

“Shuttered” is a place that would usually be packed on a Saturday night – with people outside under umbrellas at small tables. But because of the holiday, many places closed to allow their employees to be with their families and in recognition of the fact that most people would be at parties or at home anyway.

So what’s this about resolutions? Well, not a lot except to do a lot more photowalks, push the envelope creatively, and get out to other towns this year. Both of these photos fill the first two ideas and I was planning to go out of town today, but some ordinary things got in the way. No big deal – tomorrow. I’ll use today to work on some other things.