2011 – A Click at a Time…

To close the year I wanted to share with you, as many have done, a small retrospective in pictures of my 2011. It was definitely an interesting 12 months in which many doors were closed but also many new ones open, bringing wonderful opportunities for the new year which is about to begin. Since I left Venezuela, almost 2 years ago, it has been an incredible journey full of ups and downs, moments that have marked me deeply and experiences I really appreciate I been given the opportunity to live. I met a lot of amazing people and got to visit places which I will never forget. 2011 was full of surprises, and it seems 2012 will be as well.

Thanks to family, friends and all those who I bumped into during this year…

2011 started in Mexico; full of colors, food, great friends and Mexico’s champagne, “Pulpe”.

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I came back to Germany only to get a small glimpse of snow.

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Since a few days later I returned to Mexico, journey which took to me to places such as Monterrey, Chihuahua, Saltillo, Puebla, Reynosa even crossing the frontier to McAllen, not many pictures were taken this time….

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Before returning to Germany, I small stop was done in California, in which I visited San Francisco and Los Angeles….(bringing home a new friend, the Nikon D7000).

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March was my last month in Berlin, will never forget Berlin and hope to come back once more.

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And for the first time tried a time lapse:

From Berlin I moved to the south of Germany, Karlsruhe, and as strange as it sounds, my journey through South America started.

Karlsruhe:

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In South America I got to visit Sao Paulo:

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And even got to attend the biggest Gay Parade in the world,

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From Sao Paulo I visited St Croix and Medellin, (both pictures capture by iPhone).

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And after a few months in South America, I was back in Germany, Karlsruhe. Doing the usual street photography and portraits, but this time with a brand new friend, the fuji x100.

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model: http://www.model-kartei.de/sedcard/modell/299363/

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From Germany I escaped a few days to Turkey, beautiful country full of surprises.

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And even got to fly an air ballon,

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Went once more to Amsterdam,

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And visited places I have been already, such as Frankfurt, Stuttgart and the surrounding areas.

Stuttgart...Merchants of Death?

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In Frankfurt got an Leica M6 and started experimenting with the magical world of rangefinders…

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Which later I took to London.

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To finish the year visiting family and friends in Venezuela.

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12 thoughts on “2011 – A Click at a Time…

    • Thanks Basile will take a look at yours even thou is in French,… nothing that google translator cannot handle, hehe. Have a wonderful new year. And see you sometime next year.. 🙂

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. Wonderful collection of photos for 2011!
    I wish you all the best for 2012 and hope we will be able to meet up sometime before you leave Germany!

    • Hi Toby definitely hope we can meet once more, in Germany or other place. I wish you a wonderful new year, and that in 2012 you can fulfill all your goals and dreams. And please, don’t stop talking pictures you were great at it….waiting to see more from your work. 🙂

  3. Really beautiful photos Al, it’s been wonderful following your work this year. Question: which of these (if any?) were shot with the D7000? Also, I really enjoy the 7th and 8th pictures here, the two black and whites. What’s your advice for getting such great B&W images?

    Looking forward to your shots in 2012

    • Adam thanks for the comments, the following pictures were taken with the D7000:

      In Berlin, the DJ picture, the black and white street photo, and the Kottbusser Tor picture.

      In Sao Paulo, all of them with the D7000, except the portrait of the girl musician in studio which was shot with the D700. Also all photos from the Gay Parade were shot with the D700.

      In Karlsruhe and surrounding areas, were done with the x100, except the guy with the sony camera and girl portrait which were shot with the D700 as was the street wide angle shot.

      In Turkey, the second picture (stone monuments) shot with D7000, as the portrait of the pilot with the balloons on the back, rest were done with the x100.

      Amsterdam only x100.

      Frankfurt as London, Leica M6.

      Caracas X100.

      Pictures should have the exif data so if you click any of them, it should take you to the gallery where they are posted, and in their you can take a look at the exif data.

      Regarding pictures 7th and 8th, these were shot with a D700. In these cases, I usually try to expose for the highlights, under exposing a tiny bit, but paying attention that i am not loosing info on the under expose parts. in these cases, the sky, so later in post processing, I bring the details up of the under expose parts to bring this contratsy look. This was done in photoshop.

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