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    Depending on from were you are, or you depart, the best way to get Oaxaca is by plane through Mexico City, I think that the fare from abroad to Mexico City would include the portion to Oaxaca, a guess. There is a lot of great places to stay for a very reazonable price. I don't think you need an escort, maybe a guide by the hour for some places. If you are interested in documentary you can take this workshop: http://www.pcnw.org/school/workshops.php#maryellenjuly, it's an incredible experience. You can also google it to find more photography workshops, there is a few through the year.
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    I saw Mary Ellen Mark there at the Bravo museum. She was photographing some guy sitting in a chair with a poodle. I hoped to see some Bravo work but there wasn't any up.

    the thing to do is fly into Mexico city and connect a flight to Oaxaca. The airport at Oaxaca has a place to grab a cab downtown and they speak English there at the cab counter. I would highly recommend the Hotel Monte Alban as it is right on the central square and it is inexpensive at about 50 dollars a night. The people at that Hotel speak English and can advise you about buses to out lying areas like donna Rosa's or Mitla. All you really need to be able to do is order food in Spanish. For buying at the markets you can carry a pad and pencil and the vendor will write down the price of things in pesos. The adventure is very pleasant as the people are all friendly and helpful.
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    Dennis:

    How did you meter? I keep going back and forth between a quasi-spot meter and an averaging incident meter, trying to decide which gives me the negs I want. So I'm always curious what others do. Actually, I have a 3.5E or F and its built-in selenium meter works fairly accurately.

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    I do spot metering with a Pentax digital spot. I am pretty careful to get proper exposure for shadow detail and then I figure I will deal with highlights in printing. The light in Oaxaca is very clear and bright so you need to be sure you aren't photographing a scene that is way off the scale in printability. I worked mostly in the early morning and late afternoon and took a nap in the middle. The Sun is very high and harsh mid day.
    Dennis

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    Beautiful work, Dennis. I agree, Mexican afternoons are not a photographer's friend. Take a nap so you can get up nice and early when the light is better. I have to say that it was partly due to your Rolleiflex images that I broke open the piggy bank and picked up my 3.5f.

    Cheers,
    Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada

    Ansel Adams had the Zone System... I'm working on the points system. First I points it here, and then I points it there...

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    Love the heart&hands photo - really a nice set in all, would love to see the prints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arigram View Post
    Very nice Dennis!
    I am surprised not to see any people, as looking at a ghost town.
    They're all up here- doing the work that "we" cannot or will not do. Oaxacans are beautiful, sweet and proud people. The photographs are lovely as well. Thanks Dennis!
    "A certain amount of contempt for the material employed to express an idea is indispensable to the purest realization of this idea." Man Ray

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    Dennis-the pictures are really nice---no no they are truly wonderful and you should be proud...
    Best, Peter

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    My wife and I spend several weeks a year, usually in January, in Oaxaca. These are usually the best weeks of the year for us.

    If anyone here plans to be there next January let me know and perhaps we can meet. We stay very close to the center in an old colonal home, on Murgia, just a couple of blocks from Alcala Macedonia, so very easy to get it.

    Sandy

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    I rented an apartment from the Casa Arnel on the north side of town. if memory serves me, I paid $400 for the month.

    Oaxaca is a wonderful place.

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