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Tasajera - the fishing village

Published January 4th, 2013

Wednesday night we headed up the Caribbean coast on the way to the rainforest. We were starving and hadn't seen a place to pull over for food for miles until we reached Tasajera (a small fishing village with a large bay). The restaurant we stopped at had amazing seafood (I had a plate of what was sort of like paella...mixture of various seafood cooked in rice and Paco had a bowl of shrimp cooked in a creamy coconut sauce); Paco did get sick later that night.

While eating I noticed houses dimly lit by an almost full moon and thought it might be a nice place to shoot on the way back. We ditched an extra day of shooting in Taganga for the wild card (the fishing village of Tasajera).

Paco hired two fisherman that took us in their handmade canoe to visit several houses built over the water. We just pulled up and started shooting. Not a problem.

I envy the fisherman because there is no judgement from society; they live in the moment.

Being completely out of my element and engaging with these amazing people really touched my heart. It wasn't about off-camera lighting or fancy camera gear. For me, the importance of these images was how I captured a part of their souls.

Mikey

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hombre

shot from the canoe. Lighting from a wobbly canoe is a bit of a challenge.

  • January 3rd, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 28mm / f/2.8 / 1/320 sec
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manuelito

I poked my head into this house and there was small fire buring amongst crab traps.

Natural light.

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casa

Kid being lit by the sunset rays blazing through his home. Outside shot. Notice large pen used to keep fish they catch alive.

  • January 3rd, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 27mm / f/2.8 / 1/100 sec
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la cena

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nina

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  • January 3rd, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 24mm / f/2.8 / 1/2500 sec
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perro

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fisherman

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  • January 3rd, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 32mm / f/2.8 / 1/4000 sec
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  • January 3rd, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 29mm / f/2.8 / 1/2500 sec
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  • January 3rd, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 70mm / f/9 / 1/125 sec
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where they live

  • January 3rd, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 70mm / f/2.8 / 1/1000 sec
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softbox

  • January 3rd, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 24mm / f/2.8 / 1/320 sec
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Tasajera casa

  • January 3rd, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 70mm / f/2.8 / 1/320 sec
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lighting

  • January 3rd, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 24mm / f/2.8 / 1/1250 sec
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Tasajera

  • January 3rd, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 24mm / f/2.8 / 1/1250 sec
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Paco

Paco - he's an invaluable assistant. He gets everything done and saves me a ton of money because of his negotiating skills...all while making you laugh.

  • January 3rd, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 27mm / f/2.8 / 1/320 sec
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vieja

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nina

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casa

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retrato

  • January 3rd, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 45mm / f/2.8 / 1/800 sec
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casa

  • January 3rd, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 26mm / f/2.8 / 1/100 sec

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bushidophoto
Chris Bergstrom  over 4 years ago

Muey excellente!

jeremyjeziorski
Jeremy Jeziorski  almost 5 years ago

Love it - beautiful images as usual, Mikey. The very first one of the fisherman shot from the canoe - love the lighting. My other two favorites are Manuelito and Nina. Respectively, the rays of light coming in behind him, and the painterly look to the sky behind her head is awesome.

mankamundo
Made Anka Asril  almost 5 years ago

Great images and a wonderful story.