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Featured: 'Streets of La Paz, Bolivia (Life at Altitude)' by Luckypenguin

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Luckypenguin, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    As part of my travels last year I spent about four days in the Bolivian capital of La Paz which lies in the Andes at an (average) altitude of 3600m ASL. It was a chance to stop for a bit, relax and explore. Well, as relaxing as walking up and down steep streets at that altitude can be. The last time that I travelled overseas like this was to the Middle East in 2010 when I had a Canon 50D DSLR and a little Ricoh CX1 compact, and I had neither the experience nor the ability to try any genuine street photography and capture some of the local life that is a big part of the experience of travel. Additionally I didn't really have the equipment that I felt comfortable using in that role. Moving forwards to 2013 I have a camera like the Olympus E-M5 in which I feel that, with the right lens/es, is perfectly suited to this type of role. The following images were taken mostly with the 25mm f1.4 lens and a few with the 45mm f1.8, and hopefully give you an insight into everyday life in this corner of the world.



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  2. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    A very interesting slice of life - thanks for sharing Nic.
     
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  3. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    Great set. Those mannequins are quite freaky.
     
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  4. Great series from what looks like a fun trip.

    I serriously need to do a South America trip.
     
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  5. CM_SK

    CM_SK SC Regular

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    Apr 23, 2013
    Saskatoon, SK, Canada
    Que buenas fotos Nic, me gusta mucho....
     
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  6. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    Really enjoyed these images! You get a real sense of what it's like there. Great set thanks for sharing.
     
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  7. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran

    978
    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Beautiful series, thanks for sharing. I love the BW Sombrereria image.
     
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  8. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Great Set, Nic

    I would really like to visit S America

    Clearly Herbie lives

    For me, the B & W ones portray a totally different atmosphere to the vibrant colours
     
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  9. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    Great set Nic! Those street scenes will become even more interesting as the years go by
     
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  10. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Great set Nic. I particularly like the first vegetable seller shot (and then some of the others as well) and the headless soldiers...

    -Ray
     
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  11. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    Fantastic set!
     
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  12. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I like the photos of the produce sellers in traditional garb. I'm afraid they are the last of the line to wear those clothes. I'd wager if they have children who are also farmers, they wear modern work clothes or something similar.
     
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  13. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    A wonderful set! The one of the old lady selling -- shipping foam I quess -- (OEM5-P8239283-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 La Paz Bolivia) is my favorite. Really a world class street portrait.
     
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  14. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I love these, Nic. Wonderful views into a place I will probably never get to see. Love the colors!
     
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  15. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

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    Jun 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Eliot
    stand out shot for me is the bw of the woman at the hat shop (oh, agreeing with picto here, just read his comment)

    and also agree with ^ amin. the colors are great!
     
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  16. rbelyell

    rbelyell SC Top Veteran

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    May 14, 2013
    NY Mtns
    very evocative; they really convey a sense of time and place. i enjoyed them all.
     
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  17. qhs232

    qhs232 SC Regular

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    Oct 6, 2013
    Metro Detroit
    Gary
    Very nice, your photos create a definite and transformative 'sense of place'!
     
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  18. cheeks69

    cheeks69 SC Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2013
    Southeastern, MA
    Robert
    Excellent photos Nic, the one with the meats for sale literally turned my stomach...lol
     
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  19. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I've been waiting until I could look at them properly on my iMac and not the iPad...... this they definitely deserve! Great selection of photos depicting the mixture of modern and traditional life here. Got to say I love the protest pictures and of course the b & w hat seller :)
     
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  20. Nuskyn

    Nuskyn SC Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2011
    @Gelderland - the Netherlands
    Jeroen
    Wow.. i have to come back a few times... it's too much for the brain in one time... :hail:
     
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