Wednesday, March 6

Color Photography lessons in Punta del Este


We had lunch in Punta del Este and took a quick walk to meet Christina, our photographer, who showed us how best to use color in our photographs.  She additionally talked about the color wheel, monochrome photos, complimentary colors and secondary and tertiary color.  We had an early dinner at La Susana and early bedtime in preparation for our final push tomorrow to complete our portfolios.

Tuesday, March 5- Portfolio Presentation

Our first full day in Uruguay was a busy one.  Everyone was focused on putting together the first draft of their photographic portfolio to share and receive direction on moving forward for the final portfolio demonstration on Thursday afternoon

Journals were collected and reviewed for the required 3 elements:

-       Daily experience

-       Favorite photo of the day

-       What they learned each day


Some stalwart members of the group went to the beach and bought fruit at a supermercado. For dinner, we went to Parador La Huella  considered to be one of the world’s 50 best restaurants; it was!

Monday, March 4

Adios to Buenas Aires, Buenas Dias to Uruguay


This was our first day of rain since we left CT and it only lasted for a few hours. 

A late afternoon flight to Punta Del Este on a small plane with 22 passengers took 55 minutes.  We picked up our matching white Hyandai vans and drove to Our villa.  We found Posada de Piedra, our home for our stay in Uruguay.  It is sprawling with room for everyone. We will be having breakfast and lunch at our house and dinner will be out. Students will spend the next couple of days finalizing their portfolios, with some final instruction on color theory and processing their photos using Lightroom. We meet our photographer, Christine, tomorrow.

After settling in we left for dinner at Marismo, a restaurant in the sand with a wood- burning pit where they make their pizzas.  Delicioso!

A Day At The Ranch

We boarded our bus to spend the day at our guide, Mariela’s dad’s ranch two hours from Buenos Aires. It was an authentic experience from start to finish. Asado, Argentinian barbeque, which was wood smoked for hours by Gustavo was served. A few stalwart members of the group tried the blood sausage, a favorite in Argentina. Flan was our dessert and the food began and ended with pastries. During our dessert we were serenaded by a musician playing the guitar and singing Argentinian folk songs. The food was amazing and seemingly never ending!

We all participated in the drinking of mate. Mate is an herbal tea which is served in a hollow gourd and is drunk with a metal straw. It is a shared drink with family and friends.

Some of the highlights were Rene running with the sheep, a tractor ride to see the cows and their babies and the bulls. Lots of pictures of Kendall, Meredith, David, Nate, and Alex on top of or jumping off of hay. There were also dogs, horses, geese, bee hives and chickens on a 200 year old ranch.

We also managed a lesson from Estefan about how photographing people and we used a very gracious Gustovo as our model.

We all feel a bit more Argentinian this evening.

Student Work - Round Two

These photos represent the last couple of days of student work. Each student chose two photos to post to the blog demonstrating a personal favorite, a work that relates to their portfolio theme, or a photo that demonstrates a new skill developed.


A perfect day in Buenos Aires

Blue sky, no humidity and temperatures in the 70s! We could not have asked for a more ideal day to explore and photograh two more neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. We began with a quick stop by the El Eteno Grand, one of the 10 best bookstores in the world, according to The Guardian. It is a bookstore inside a theater. The cafe is on the stage and bookshelves are where the seating was.

We then moved on to the neighborhood of Purerto Madero, a recently developed, modern neighborhood. We crossed the Puento de la Mujer (Woman’s bridge), a suspension bridge crossing into this part of the city. Mariela took us to the top of one of the high rise apartment buildings to her dad’s apartment on the 17th floor where we were able to see Buenos Aires and take photographs.

Mariela then took us to the fun neighborhood of San Telmo. A vibrant and colorful neighborhood where we walked, photographed and did a bit of shopping.

Pizza, Ice Cream and Tango

Tonight we went out for famous Angeline’s Pizza, A Buenos Aires tradition, and then on to Alchemy for Ice Cream. Alchemy had plenty of odd flavors like Avocado, Blue Cheese, and Wasabi. It was an experience. Then we concluded the night with a tango lesson at a local tango club. Please excuse the quality of the photos… it was very dark conditions and odd lighting.


Update On What We Have Been Learning

We began by thinking about the elements of composition: what to include and exclude from the frame. We reviewed perspective and the ways angle and focus will change a photos meaning and impact. Students learned about the role of aperture and began shooting in aperture priority mode, producing some beautiful photos with great bokeh. We explored the role of shutter speed and students practiced their techniques on water in a fountain and moving vehicles. We talked about the rule of thirds in an image (most instinctively knew about this) and the search for patterns in a photograph. We spent additional time on lighting and the direction of the sun (or any lighting) and how this impacts a photo. Especially knowing when to come back for a photo when the lighting is not right. The students have worked with two different professional photographers (one in Brazil and one in Argentina) with very different styles and I think they are gaining a lot from these different perspectives. Student have begun working with prime lenses and exploring how things like a wide-angle lens or macro-lens can open up new possibilities in photography. Finally, the students experienced their first critique and their work was all excellent!

First night in Buenos Aires

We just had our first dinner in Buenos Aires. The weather is a big improvement over 90 degrees with humidity. It is in the 80s with no humidity. Everyone’s hair is looking much better.

We left our limited Portugese behind, Bon Gia, and changed to Buenos Dias or the old stand by, I don’t understand and shaking our heads. Oh well, we are a happy group. Waking up tomorrow and taking a walking tour of our area, Palermo and Recolata, with a professional photographer.

Salvador da Bahia