Alfombras In Guatemala: A Guide To The Colourful Sawdust Carpets
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by passportandpixels
8h ago
Guatemala is full of colour. From the intricately-woven blouses and skirts that Maya women wear, to the energetic markets bursting with goods in every hue, to sunflower yellow churches in many towns and villages, to the pastel-painted houses in Antigua and Xela, even on a dreary grey day there is always a rainbow pop of brightness to catch your eye. And one of the most colourful traditions in Guatemala are the beautiful alfombras. What are alfombras? The word ‘alfombra’ means ‘carpet’ or ‘rug’ in Spanish, but the Guatemalan alfombras that you’ll hear everyone talking about are not interior fur ..read more
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Guatemala People: 30 Portraits Of Guatemalans That Show Their Rich Culture
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by passportandpixels
1M ago
Guatemala is a place that still holds on proudly to its heritage and traditions, and nowhere is that more visible than in the Guatemala people. From their colourful local dress and intricate arts and crafts to their crowded markets and crazy buses, Guatemalans are bursting with an energy that’s unique to this fascinating country. For a photographer like me, the smiles and the colours were irresistible. So I loaded my backpack with camera gear and set off to spend three months traveling around Guatemala and taking portraits of Guatemalans. From heavily-armed security guards to charming indigeno ..read more
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Travel photography on the road – my photo editing workflow tips
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by passportandpixels
5M ago
As a travel photographer, one of the things I have to consider is how I am going to backup, catalogue, and even edit my photos (and occasional videos) while travelling. All travel photographers have their own travel photo editing workflow, but since a few people have asked about mine, I thought I’d pop it all down in this blog post so you can see what works for me. Of course, there is no right or wrong way to do any of this, but after 20 years as a photographer, this is the system I have ended up with, and so far it seems to work well. You may have your own routine that you’re happy with, or y ..read more
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Chichicastenango Market in Guatemala: A Photo Guide
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by passportandpixels
6M ago
When I started planning my trip to Guatemala and asking people for their top tips, several people told me that I simply HAD to visit Chichicastenango market. At this point I couldn’t even pronounce the name, much less spell it, but they were insistent that I would love it, so I added Chichicastenango to my Guatemala itinerary. As a travel photographer I love visiting markets. The people, the colour, the hustle and bustle, all the interesting products on sale… all these elements make for wonderful photography opportunities. Add to that the friendly Maya people with their vibrant dress and tradi ..read more
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Visiting San Andres Xecul, Guatemala: Home Of The Famous Yellow Church
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by passportandpixels
8M ago
If you search for images of Guatemala, it won’t be long before you stumble across a photo of a fabulous ornate church, its façade painted sunflower yellow and decorated with detailed mouldings of saints and plants in vivid red, green and blue. The eye-catching patterned church sits in a cute town plaza, and in many of the photos you see online, its vivid design is offset by a bluebird sky, making that mustard-yellow front glow all the brighter. It’s the sort of photo that makes you want to find wherever it is and go there to see it for yourself. So of course that’s exactly what I did. It turns ..read more
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The Colourful Market In Solola Guatemala: A Photo Guide
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by passportandpixels
8M ago
One of the things that first attracted me to Guatemala is how vibrant a country it is. Everywhere you go, you see people wearing traditional woven clothing in a rainbow of reds, blues and yellows. Towns and cities like Antigua and Quetzaltenango are crammed with houses painted in vivid shades of amber and azure. Even the cemeteries are colourful – not for the Guatemalan people the dreary grey headstones we’re used to in the west, instead the tombs celebrate life in joyful shades of lime, rose and mustard. But nowhere’s more colourful than Guatemala’s markets. Almost every town has one, and whe ..read more
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13 Top Tips For Taking Great Travel Photos Of Markets
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by passportandpixels
8M ago
I’ve photographed markets from Cuba, Myanmar and Guatemala, and from Tanzania to Hungary, and I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of them. Photographing markets is definitely one of my favourite types of photography. Markets are so buzzing and vibrant, there’s so much going on, so much activity and colour. Seeing who’s selling and buying, and what’s being sold and bought, gives you a unique insight into a country’s people and culture. And more often than not, market traders are pretty friendly – after all, they deal with the public on a daily basis – so they tend to be much more open to hav ..read more
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The Thrilling Volcan De Acatenango Hike In Antigua Guatemala
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by passportandpixels
8M ago
As you journey around Guatemala, you’ll soon hear people talking about the Volcan de Acatenango hike. From the hostels of Antigua to the bars of Flores, just about every traveller has either done it, is planning to do it, or wants to climb Acatenango volcano but isn’t quite brave enough. There’s a reason this is one of the top things to do in all of Central America. From the slopes of Acatenango you get a front row seat to the eruptions of Volcan de Fuego, one of the world’s most active volcanos. Fuego erupts about every 15-20 minutes, shooting ash and fiery red hot lava into the sky in a rare ..read more
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A Dream Itinerary For Sri Lanka In Two Weeks
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by passportandpixels
1y ago
Everyone talks about how fantastic Sri Lanka is – how diverse, how rich in history, culture, scenery and nature. So I knew it was somewhere I would love. And yet for some reason, despite travelling for over 20 years to more than 65 countries, I’d never been. Until now. I’ve just got back from a 12-day tour of Sri Lanka, and I’m happy to report that this enchanting island more than lived up to its reputation! But even though it’s a relatively small country, it’s so packed with things to see and do that it can be hard to work out what to add to your itinerary for Sri Lanka, and what to leave out ..read more
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27 Best Travel Photography Blogs for 2022
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by passportandpixels
1y ago
As a passionate traveller, photographer and blogger, I’m always looking for inspiration. I love looking at travel photography blogs to learn more about new places, see what other people are doing, and pick up tips and ideas for my own work. And even more so right now, when travel is a challenge, so exploring via travel photography blogs is the best way to feed my wanderlust. And there are LOADS out there! When you stop to look at just a few, you’ll see there’s an astonishing number of highly-talented, hugely creative people pouring their heart and soul into their travel photography blogs, crea ..read more
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