Friday Lens Affair #76

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This Friday I’m featuring superb photography from Antigua, Guatemala. Taken by Katie Matthews from Wandertooth. I have only recently discovered this great blog and I love their pictures and stories! The mirror/reflection effect is outstanding on this photography. I couldn’t resist hosting it on my series! :) I think you should definitely follow them on Twitter and Facebook!

Picture Story: Mirror Effect, Antigua, Guatemala

We were in Antigua, Guatemala. A city about one hour from Guatemala’s capital, Guatemala City. Antigua could not be more different from the capital. Whereas Antigua is beautiful and gentile, with just the right amount of dilapidation to come across as effortlessly charming. Guatemala City is simply dilapidated.

We didn’t intend to stay in Antigua for very long, but found ourselves pulled back to the place because of its beautiful setting and easy-going, relaxed vibe. It is surrounded by undulating green hills and the cones of ancient volcanoes, which have over the years wreaked their own special brand of havoc on the people of Antigua. The beautiful setting, combined with exceptional coffee that is grown right on the slopes of the nearby volcanoes, is a pretty irresistible combination for a traveler.

For most of our time in Antigua, the weather was beautiful. However, toward the end of our visit, we awoke to the wet streets of an overnight rainfall. Knowing that Antigua’s candy-coloured buildings would reflect beautifully in puddles of water caught in the cobblestone, we grabbed our cameras and set out to explore the city through a lens.

This photo has a really funny story behind it. I took it just down the street from the Arco de Santa Catalina, the custard-coloured arch that has become a symbol of the city. It’s on a popular street, and there were a lot of tourists and locals around.

I had to lie down on the wet ground to get the shot, and many of the locals gave me strange looks because of this. However, the best part was when the other tourists noticed what I was doing. I took the shot, got up, and walked to a nearby curb, where we sat to take a break. As we sat, we noticed a chain reaction: one tourist who had watched me take the photo got down on the wet ground and tried to get the same shot. This caused even more tourists to try and recreate the shot. It was like photographic dominos, and we started it all. I ended up being quite pleased with this photo, and hopefully the other travellers are just as happy!

 

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16 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #76

  1. I love that everyone else wanted to take the same shot as you! I sure can see why =)
    Charlie recently posted…Best and Worst Couchsurfing Stories From Around the WorldMy Profile

  2. Cool reflection shot, well done! Have a happy week!
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  3. Marissa

    Great shot! And I love the story to go along with it!
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  4. Beautiful photo! I love the colours and the reflection in the puddle! Can’t believe you lied down to get this wonderful shot haha what we don’t do for photography! ;)
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  5. The mirror/reflection look in the photo is great. Sometimes you need to get into strange positions to get a shot. I’ve lain on my back on the floor of the Bellagio lobby in Las Vegas to get shots of the Chihuly chandelier.
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  6. Bisbocci Abroad

    Hello Marysia!

    I’ve just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! You can find out more by googling the award or checking out my latest blog post (comment system won’t allow me to post links here).

    Hope you accept the award and pass on the love!

    Erika

    • Hey Erika,
      Thank you very much for the nomination, already having a look. And yes sorry for the link policy, fighting spammers is a hard thing to do :)
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  7. Van

    Guatemala is an interesting (and blog-wise unusual) country! I’ve never lied down somewhere to take a photo but the chain reaction is just super cool :)

  8. That is a fabulous shot.

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