Laundry Day in Mexico
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Arriving on Isla Mujeres during stormy weather, I was somewhat surprised to see this laundry fluttering in the salty sea breeze in between the frequent rain squalls. I thought it was a pretty optimistic thing to do considering that very little sun was actually breaking through the tropical storm clouds. I had been strolling the Malecon (boardwalk) paralleling the Caribbean Ocean when I noticed this colorful image: a few weak rays of sun had just broken through the clouds, the motion and sound of the flapping clothes caught my eye’s attention, and then I really noticed all of the colors, textures and geometric juxtapositions making for a great overall composition. Two quick snaps of the shutter and the sun once again disappeared behind the threatening storm clouds, and the moment was gone as so often happens in photography. The original digital image was captured in CameraRAW using my Canon EOS 5D Mk2 with its EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens. I converted the RAW image in PhotoShop Elements 11, and then processed it using a Classic Oil Painting effect. I am very pleased with the painting effect, and I think it clearly represents the color and vibrancy of Mexico.