Goodbye Caracas

In a few days I will be heading back to Germany, and if plans continue as they are going, it’s pretty probable I won’t be returning to Venezuela for quite some time.

I had a blast shooting in the city, pictures were not as good as I expected but only the adrenaline rush of doing a few picts on the street was worth it. Maybe I got lucky, but manage to escape the city without any issues worth mentioning, besides a few angry pedestrians and a public transportation bus driver who offer me some punches if i didn’t erase a picture of him, bad for him the picture was on film, and bad for me, the picture didn’t came out.

Really sad that shooting in Caracas is so unsafe, considering the vast amount of interesting people and things to be found. We have the greatly known issue of insecurity, and also there is no law as in USA or parts of Europe in which photographers are allowed to shoot in public spaces. I spoke with some policemen on the street and according to them they have never even heard of something like that. And with all the social problems through which my country is going most of the residents are paranoid about a guy taking pictures of them.

Once more thanks to my friend Cristhoferson for coming with me to do the picts. Cannot really say i will be missing the city, but definitely my family and friends will be miss.

As always, comments and critics are highly welcome….thanks for looking. Once more only the Leica M6 plus Voigtlander 28mm 2.0 were used, as film, kodak BW ASA400.

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7 thoughts on “Goodbye Caracas

  1. Maybe you can work a bit on your b&w. In these scans, I personaly think you lack of depth in your blacks, which tends to be very larges and nuances-free.
    Btw, your picture of the Fundacion Cinematica Nacional would make a great print 😉

  2. i think theyre pretty good for shooting on the fly in a paranoid invironment … i especially liked the wall of toilet bowl and seats, and the one armed man really suggests a story!

    as for B&W technique, i have photoshop elements, and use the layers for converting color shots. i use these steps:
    1 turn background into layer
    2 open adjustment layer for hue/saturation, and set the blending mode for ‘color’
    3 next open a second adjustment layer, and use it to desaturate the image
    4 go back to first adjustment layer, and play arounf with the hues, using either the master adjustment, or the individual color spectrums. its great fun!
    5 flatten image and save.

    if you dont have photoshop, maybe you can use this as a guide for whatever software you do use. it really helps bring out the depths and dimentions. i hope this helps.

    sorry you wont be able to go back for a while … but germany sounds like such fun!i long to be able to go farther than my own little corner of the world … but there is beauty and intrigue to found anywhere if one has eyes to see.
    k☼

    • Hi Silverlizard, thanks for the tips on the BW, but these were shot in BW film, so the main idea was to avoid using photoshop as much as possible, actually they look pretty good when printed directly from the film, the issue is with the scanning technique, which makes them look kind of dull.

      For digital i have a kind of similar approach as yours. In my first post of pictures from Caracas, https://ailukewitsch.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/caracas/ i shot in digital and did the conversion in PS CS5. I used the x100, in most of the shots, and in some a D700.

  3. ah well … that is a horse of a different color 🙂
    the other images from caracas are lovely! cities have such contrast in subject as well as light. you showed this beautifully in both batches of shots.
    k*

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