A Shot in the Dark

Atotonilco & Vicinity #121 by rdonovan
Atotonilco & Vicinity #121, a photo by rdonovan on Flickr.

Surrounding the Church at Atotonilco are many abandoned native chapels. Just sitting there. In cornfields. Or converted to barns, etc.

The shot here was taken in the near dark, as there was zero light other than from the front entrance – of the ceiling of one of these chapels. Again, using 24-70mm f/2.8 lens with no flash and no tripod.

Why High ISO and Multi-Autofocus Matters

Atotonilco & Vicinity #13 by rdonovan
Atotonilco & Vicinity #13, a photo by rdonovan on Flickr.

One of the more interesting locations I visited in San Miguel was the Church at Atotonilco. It is a World Heritage site – and upon perusing its interior it is easy to see why.

However, it is anything but a museum. It is a working Church – and services are held regularly. And there are many worshippers present even when services are not being held.

And, there is no flash photography allowed – for good reason.

Hence, it poses something of a photographic challenge – as there is no loitering around to setup a tripod for a long-exposure. I managed to capture this and other photos simply by using the high ISO and multiple auto-focus points on the camera to get a good shot – in a big hurry with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens with no image stabilization.

The results were fantastic. I have rarely succeeded with these types of shots with my previous gear.

Retro-United at Sea-Tac International


As I was disembarking on a business trip to Seattle from an Air Canada Dash-8 on the tarmac – I did a double take. No, time hadn’t shifted back a few decades. But there was United’s old Friendship livery – on an Airbus A320 at gate N16 just getting in from San Francisco. It’s great to see the old UA livery outside of an air museum. Now, if only they’d repaint something in the Saul Bass Tulip scheme.