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“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”


Rest stop

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

We entered Colombia from Ecuador on August 28, 2016. After a few days of driving I was convinced that we will be out from here in about a month. I think the main thing what [...]


By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Colombia, photography|Tags: , , |

For few days it was pouring rain. It rained all day and it cleared at night so it was on the cool side. Then finally the rain stopped and the sun peaked out. It felt [...]

Tuning in a camera

By | December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

There are endless discussions, teachings, tech talk, youtube videos, blogs, reviews so on about cameras. I used to go to gazillion sites and ended up with not much on the learning curve. I always thought [...]

Exotic fruits

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Colombia, food|Tags: , , |

I will start to take photos of the exotic fruits and veggies specific to the areas we travel through. I should have done this long time ago, but never too late. Eventually I will even [...]

Renewing car permit in Colombia

By | November 26th, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

So we renewed our tourist visas and next was to renew the temporary car import permit. A fairly simple process, right in the middle of downtown Medellin at the DIAN office. The renewal is free [...]

Colombia extended

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

On August 29th we entered Colombia and we intended to stay a month, maybe two. Today we extended our tourist visas in Medellin. How 'bout that? The process went fairly smooth. First you need to [...]

Colombian prices

By | November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Colombia, travel|Tags: , , |

Not much of a budget statistics guy as sometimes makes no sense, but this time I drew up a list on Colombian prices. It's far from complete but it gives a basic idea of what [...]

Rainy season

By | November 19th, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

While traveling the Pan-Am seems like sooner or later one will catch up with the rainy season. Well, the shortest description I can draw up is 'it rains, then it rains some more'. Sometimes it [...]

Off Leash

By | November 15th, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , , , |

We walked around the village few times again today, with Blaze off-leash. The weather was perfect, cloud and sun mix after a rainy night. One more push to take some new photos in the 5x3 [...]


By | November 15th, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , |

How would my photos look if I have had visited Guatape, Colombia in the mid seventies shooting with a Smena 8M camera on Seagull Chinese b&w film?    

Why Guatape?

By | November 14th, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

Why we're staying this long in Guatape? Why not? We found a fairly good place to stay at Casa Kayam hostel, 5 minutes tuk-tuk ride or 20 minutes walk from the village center. You can [...]


By | November 14th, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , , , , |

Guatape was pretty crowded today, it's long weekend again. It was long weekend 7 days ago as well. Looks like Colombia is averaging two long weekends per month. Managed to shoot photos that look like [...]


By | November 13th, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , , , |

So how many clicks one can take in a basically 5x3 blocks area? Looks like many. Sometimes is good to photograph the same thing over and over again to see if you can push a [...]

Angle of view

By | November 12th, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , , |

Just like with anything else taking photos is coming down to angle of view. Seems like Earth is not expanding and the number of travellers with good quality cameras is on the rise. The difference [...]

Naive art

By | November 11th, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , , , |

The naive art 'zocalos' aka the exterior decorations on the colourful buildings of Guatape is the main attraction of the Colombian village. It started some 100 years ago as the story goes and evolved into [...]

After the rain

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , , |

It was a gloomy rainy day yesterday. Seems like the whole word went sleepless. Then today the rain stopped and the clouds played a magnificent show up in the sky again. I zoom in with [...]

Colourful Guatape

By | November 9th, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

We returned to the colourful and very touristy Guatape. So far this is the most touristy place I have we have been in Colombia, but phasing out ‘just me and the camera’ style brought nice [...]

High ISO

By | November 7th, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , , , |

It's amazing how advanced digital cameras has became. Talking about 2-3,000 ISO few years back meant almost unusable photos. Nowadays it's an acceptable range. OK, there is some noise, but the image is still within [...]


By | November 6th, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , , , |

Rainy season is about rain, which went on and off today. In one of those short windows when it stopped we went for a dog walk in the Arvi Park. In about 20-30 minutes into [...]

Cultural heritage

By | November 5th, 2016|Categories: Colombia, travel|Tags: , , , , , |

As computer, smart phones, malls and fast food is taking over the world tradition is slowly but surely is fading just about everywhere. I know, our generation was looked at the same way as we [...]


By | November 4th, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , , |

Guatape is fairly close to Medellin and seems like it's quite a popular tourism destination. Among the attractions are El Penol, the artificial lake and the colourful streets of the small town. We started with [...]


By | November 3rd, 2016|Categories: travel|Tags: |

Obviously we need to wash our clothes from time to time on the road as well. The hotter the weather the more often the wash. There are some days when wearing the same shirt the [...]


By | November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , , , |

It might look boring, but I still enjoy shooting these cloud photos while we are playing statues by Medellin. At least I take some photos and exercise some metering. It can be tricky. Most of [...]

Still still

By | October 31st, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , , |

So yeah, it's been a month with little movement, standing still for days and weeks. Now and then there's a need to slow down and stretch, sleep-in and stare into the sky. We found just [...]

Up in the clouds again

By | October 28th, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

How 'bout another post with clouds? Sigh, it's getting monotone. Is this cloudy heaven or heavenly clouds? Just to break up the colour range, a Blaze one.