Arched Viewing

I was in Tijuana, Mexico last week. As always I eat at my usual spot Hotel Nelson on Santa Cecilia Square. Which just happens to be there the famous Tijuana Arch is located.

I always like eating there and people watching since it’s the main gateway to downtown Tijuana. You got mariachis in traditional outfits to just older guys with instruments walking up and asking if you want music for a tip. You see the Mexican families out for the day. You got vendors selling stuff. Chinese tour groups partaking “authentic” Mexican experience of a cheap Tequila shot and a Corona. The other day tourists coming in walking around with a dazed look that a city that is so close to the United States could be oh so subtly different.

I always take a wander around the plaza. Fending off offers for food and souvenirs of stuff I don’t need. If you aren’t used to it can be intimidating but it’s just the way it works there. You just give a polite no and a smile. They are just doing their job.

I took the two shots of the Arch on different days even though they look the same. The one with the sign that says Av. Revolucion is from the pathway into downtown. The other is from Plaza Santa Cecilia.

I am also throwing in a picture of the walkway through Plaza Santa Cecilia. I just like it and it’s not good enough for a standalone image.

All the images were shot on my Canon S100 and just processed in Lightroom and Photoshop. Nothing overly fancy as the files can’t hold up to a lot of abuse.

Enjoy.

Tijuana ArchTijuana ArchPlaza Santa Cecilia

Burritos

Just a quick one that I missed yesterday for around Tijuana. Don’t have a lot of time to edit due to other commitments but I didn’t want this rolling burrito stand to just languish in the archives.

Burritos

Tijuana Sunset

Seems appropriate to post since I am now home from Tijuana. Had a great time.

On a sad note, this was the last image shot on the Mighty Canon 330HS, the lens covers have bent and are stuck now. It gave its life for art!

Enjoy

Tijuana Sunset

Life in Tijuana

This is just one of those street photography shots you got with because everything lined up. I was just going to shoot the seafood cart and the interesting building. Instead I saw the man walking down the hill and just waited for him to get centered on the crosswalk. It all lined up and very happy with the image. Hope you enjoy it.

Life in Tijuana

Dawn Till Dusk

These two images were shot on the same day, different time zones and different countries. The first image was taken at Charlotte Airport and the second was in Zona Central in Tijuana as I walked back to my hotel room. Hope you enjoy.

Dawn Till Dusk

Dawn Till Dusk

China in Tijuana

The words translate to Colony of China is Tijuana but I really don’t know what the building is. The entrance way is a parking lot behind it. I just really just like the colors and the feel of the building.

China in Tijuana

Se Vende

I was dumping memory cards and came across this one I shot on my Canon 330HS. Se Vende means for sale. It seems I have been in a black and white mood so a quick conversion and I’m happy. Enjoy.

Se Vende

Watch Over and Bless These Instruments

This was the last image I shot in Tijuana before crossing back into the US. I saw the instruments just hanging from the pillar and then saw the crucifix and the votive candles and snapped the shot. The color versus was too washed out to do much with but I knew black and white would give it the feeling I was looking for. I think it gives a rather ordinary image a bit more meaning. Enjoy.

Watch Over and Bless These Instruments