Puerto Rico, 1996

I lived in Ponce, Puerto Rico for a month in the winter of 1996. I was escaping the cold Wisconsin winter and looking to improve my Spanish by adding another accent to my repertoire.

These photos, like my Ecuador photos from 1995, were also taken on disposable cameras.

 Snow cone vendor in Ponce. Notice the large block of ice to the right. He was chopping the ice by hand!
Snow cone vendor in Ponce. Notice the large block of ice to the right. He was chopping the ice by hand!
BOY BAND PHOTO SHOOT WOOOOOOO
BOY BAND PHOTO SHOOT WOOOOOOO

Okay, this next one is just pathetic. Conceptually, I knew what I wanted (the whole other side of the island in one shot). But, I had no idea how a person would get there. I tried climbing really high on the other side of the island.

Still not getting the whole thing. Wait! I will take a picture of each side and tape them together later. THIS STROKE OF BRILLIANCE CAN’T FAIL.

I didn't know what a panoramic picture was when I took this. All I knew was that I wanted the whole vista in the picture.
I didn’t know what a panoramic picture was when I took this. All I knew was that I wanted the whole vista in the picture.

^^^It Was A Failure^^^

I didn’t take into account the fact that the lighting would be different if you moved the camera.

Let me end on a nice, calming Caribbean sunset.

Guanica Bay at sunset
Guanica Bay at sunset

Project: The Color Yellow in Chinatown

From time to time, I give myself assignments. This time around, I concentrated on the color yellow in Chinatown. Seems easy enough, except I ended up with a lot of “meh” or thematic confusion.

I chose these 3 because the yellow, while a dominant feature, isn’t the whole story. Also, Zoltar. That thing is creepy as hell. And I do love me some creepy (as long as I am not looking it straight in the eye).

I looked up Zoltar. You can get a new one for $5000 or so. No thanks!
I looked up Zoltar. You can get a new one for $5000 or so. No thanks!
Yellow columns
Yellow columns
Sunflower pinwheel
Sunflower pinwheel

Impressions of Chinatown in San Francisco, CA

Before my trip to San Francisco, I was excited by the prospect of visiting Chinatown. I was not disappointed! I loved the food, the style, and the scent of dim sum everywhere on Christmas morning.

I highly recommend the place.

SO much stuff in Chinatown. It's like the stuff rubs other stuff to make baby stuffs.
SO much stuff in Chinatown. It’s like the stuff rubs other stuff to make baby stuffs.
Seems legit.
Seems legit.
Behind the scenes.
Behind the scenes.
Did you want to buy a scarf? I have a lot of them.
Did you want to buy a scarf? I have a lot of them.