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Vogue Fashion Night Out 2013 Guadalajara

A few weeks ago the Vogue Fashion Night Out event took place in Guadalajara at the Andares shopping center. The shopping center is one of the most beautiful ones in the country, architecturally speaking, and this event was perfect for the place. Almost every store had DJs playing and gave free drinks and promotions. There was photo booths everywhere and the people assisting there looked great everyone wearing their best clothes. You couldn’t distinguish between models or shoppers, it was stunning.

Unfortunately it was a weekday, so I could only attend after day job hours, so I only saw the last runway. It featured two main styles: a very rock/punk style and an old fashion kind of 40’s look.

This was a challenging night for me, as my kit zoom lens is at the Nikon service repair shop. I only had my 50mm 1.8G lens, and with my D7000 DX body, it makes it almost an 85mm lens. Shooting with that in a very crowded place with fast moving models in the runway was a big challenge.

I managed to pull some few good shots that I’d like to share here.

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Tampico beach, I miss my hometown

Browsing in my photo collection from last year, I found these photos I had forgotten to process from RAW files.

Looking at them made me miss my hometown and its beach. It’s never been a highly touristic beach, although it does have its high season during spring break where thousands gather and there is no space to even stand. But it is a nice beach, most of the year is very calm with very few people around.

I have countless great memories here, as I grew up here and most of my teenage days I spent them at the beach, either alone or with friends, but I love being at the sea. It’s been a little more than 6 years that I’ve been living away from the sea and I still miss it every sunny day.

Mexican candy salesman at the beach

Traditional mexican sweets

At the beach there’s always people selling all kinds of stuff. These are the most traditional things you’ll find people sell at the beach: sweets, coconuts and corn.

A man proud of his work

Carrito de elotes y troles asados

Cold coconuts at the beach

Two seagulls chatting

Two guys with brazilian swimsuits catching some sun

Too many seagulls

San Bernardo at the beach

Seagull flight

Small seagull in the air

Whenever I see a bright sunny day, I always say “this is a great day to go to the beach”. A phrase commonly and easily said in my hometown. I guess old habits never die.

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Fujifilm X-M1 mirrorless camera review

Fujifilm X-M1 mirrorless with 18-55mm kit lens and 50mm pancake lens

I had the opportunity to try out the Fujifilm X-M1 mirrorless camera for a week while visiting San Francisco and the Bay Area. I immediately enjoyed the small size and weight, being used to carry around my Nikon D7000 DSLR, switching to a small gear format was a noticeable change.

Fujifilm X-M1 mirrorless camera

The X-M1 has a 16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS X-Trans sensor that creates very sharp images. It can record 1080p video but lacks an external microphone to get better sound recordings.

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What I liked

Coming from using a Nikon D700, the change was enormous. I’m used to have a big bag to store my DSLR, a couple lenses, a cleaning kit and extra memory cards. Also having either a long BlackRapid strap or, more recently, the wrist strap version, which means I’m carrying the weight of the camera at all times in my hand. All that weight at the end of a long photo walk is heavy. With the mirrorless camera, I had a small bag with an extra lens, extra battery, cleaning kit and extra memory cards, plus I got to store my sunglasses and still had room for more.

Fujifilm X-M1 with 50mm pancake lens

It all fits in a small bag

Small camera bag

X-M1 mirrorless camera fits in my hand

With its large screen, having a larger surface to view your shot is comfortable once you get used to not bring the camera up to your face. The Fujifilm X-M1 doesn’t have a viewfinder, so it’s all on the screeen. For most situations that is okay, but if you’re outside in a sunny day, even with the display set to brightest it feels uncomfortable. Also, you can’t have the camera turned on and ready to shoot at all times, since the screen will be always on and will train battery life. It doesn’t have a standby mode to quickly recover pressing the shutter button or some other quick way. It has an auto off timeout and to bring it back on, you have to turn the switch off and on again.

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You are not able to see the colors and exposition very well and the most hard to see in that situation is the focusing. I missed several shots because I thought it was focused but it wasn’t.

Unfocused sushi

Even though it has a focus notification turning green, you’re not sure if it’s focusing on the right subject. The good side of it is that you get to see the composition of your final image right there in the screen. When not under direct sunlight, you can see how your shot will be before pressing the shutter button the whole way. This eliminates the need for “chimping” and taking another shot.

On this trip I packed “light”. I didn’t carry my laptop, only my tablet and my phone and a docking keyboard for my tablet. The wireless transfers were a feature I appreciated because otherwise I would have to wait until I get back to get the images off the SD Card. The good part, is that you can transfer your photos to your mobile devices using the app. It needs WiFi, so if you’re on the road you can’t transfer your photos to your device right there. You need to wait to get WiFi to do it, unless you can create an ad-hoc wireless network. Oh and most hotels have a sign-in page after you’re connected to the WiFi, and it won’t work with those. There is no way to do the sign-in in the camera.

For a more professional and deep review of the camera, checkout Digital Photography’s review of the Fujifilm X-M1.

Here are more shots taken with the camera and all shots from my San Francisco visit post were taken with it too.

Garden

Table football players

San Francisco from Treasure Island

Bullets in the floor

Rock lady in San Francisco

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San Francisco and the Bay Area through a mirrorless camera

San Francisco skyline and the Bay Bridge

I had the chance to try out the Fujifilm X-M1 mirrorless camera. All the images in this post were taken with it, no post processsing, and I think the results are of great quality.

Back in the Bay Area once again thanks to my job, I mainly visited Oakland, Fremont, Berkeley, Pleasanton and of course, San Francisco. Since my friend Basilio moved to California a couple months ago, I had the chance to stay during the weekend for some sightseeing and shopping.

I tried ramen for the first time at Japan Town, visited my favorite restaurant in Chinatown and at night we stopped at Treasure Island to take some city skyline shots. I love visiting San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Gabriel Saldana testing the Fujifilm X-M1 camera

Soldier at the Japanese fountain

Japanese ramen restaurant

The Tesla is closer than it appears

Light at the end of the tunnel

Alcatraz and sails

San Francisco Chinatown entrance

San Francisco steep street

Chinatown's dragon lamps

Chinatown trade mark

Chinese tamales

San Francisco Van Ness cable car

Old lady playing rock in the street

SF subway station

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Intermoda Trends Runway photos

Small silver purse - Intermoda Trends

More photos of the runway events at Intermoda Trends fashion event 2013 in Guadalajara. This event had many more runway activity than the previous one, so expect some more fashion posts because I have many.

Since I was unable to get a press pass, getting good shots at this event was hard because all the good photography spots were hard to get. This runway was at ground level and the photography booth was on an elevated box. So I had to squeeze myself between the standing crowd and when I finally got near the press area there was a small spot I could climb into. So I did, being very careful not to get in the way of anyone else and got my shots. Also, this secondary runway there was not very good lighting, so I had to struggle with that a bit in post editing.

A good recommendation for these situations is to get a vertical battery grip. It helps a lot to take those vertical shots in a crowded space without putting your elbow in front of guy next to you.

On the fashion appreciation side, I liked most of what was presented in this runway session. There was not many experimental or crazy clothes that are not usable. I enjoy more the practical “real” clothes than the crazy experiments that most times are just ridiculous.

Gray short dress - Intermoda Trends Animal print long dress - Intermoda Trends

Gray see-through short dress  - Intermoda Trends

Black short dress with sleeves - Intermoda Trends See through blouse - Intermoda Trends

See through red long skirt - Intermoda Trends

Erika Servin - Intermoda Trends

Blue shirt and jeans  - Intermoda Trends Dark blue shirt, washed jeans and red shoes  - Intermoda Trends

Dark blue short dress  - Intermoda Trends

Short dress with long sleeves  - Intermoda Trends See through black blouse and mini skirt  - Intermoda Trends

Texturized black mini skirt and sleeveless blouse - Intermoda Trends Golden short dress  - Intermoda Trends

Kühl at Intermoda Trends

Colorful small hand bag  - Intermoda Trends Black leather medium sized hand bag  - Intermoda Trends

Shuvi - Luna at Intermoda Trends

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Intermoda Trends 2013 Guadalajara fashion photography

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For the second time in the year, the Intermoda Fashion event took place in Guadalajara. This time called IM Trends, had more runway activity than the previous. It featured autumn and winter collections from several designers.

I could not miss this opportunity once again to do some runway fashion photography and polish my skills at it.

Here are some shots for you to enjoy of the IM Trends main runway with these artistic designs, nice colorful dresses and winter clothes.

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