Puerto Escondido

by Greg Blaney March. 09, 2020 443 views

My son and his girlfriend spent 5 months in Mexico, most of that time in a surfing town on the Pacific side called Puerto Escondido. Margaret and I went to visit them recently and I took my camera, of coarse. Here are an even dozen photos with a brief explanation of each.

A big part of life in Puerto (they drop the Escondido down there) is the beach. We spent some time in the water as well as walking the beach. This is my son staring down a wave after it broke.

A big part of life in Puerto (they drop the Escondido down there) is the beach. We spent some time in the water as well as walking the beach. This is my son staring down a wave after it broke.

People swim in the waves, including this lady who ducks under them to prevent being knocked over.

People swim in the waves, including this lady who ducks under them to prevent being knocked over.

I don’t know this guy, but he was intent on capturing large waves with a camera rather than a board.

I don’t know this guy, but he was intent on capturing large waves with a camera rather than a board.

OK, here are some surfing photos, since I mentioned that it’s a surfing destination. This part of the beach, called La Punta, has the ‘bunny slope’ waves (at least that’s what I called them). Regardless, this fella seemed pretty comfortable on his board.

OK, here are some surfing photos, since I mentioned that it’s a surfing destination. This part of the beach, called La Punta, has the ‘bunny slope’ waves (at least that’s what I called them). Regardless, this fella seemed pretty comfortable on his board.

The big waves were at Zicatela Beach. Only experienced and capable surfers were permitted to enter the water here.

The big waves were at Zicatela Beach. Only experienced and capable surfers were permitted to enter the water here.

Not everyone uses a surfboard – some use body boards. This guy did get swallowed by that wave!

Not everyone uses a surfboard – some use body boards. This guy did get swallowed by that wave!

I think the person on the beach was done surfing for the day but was interested in seeing how others were doing.

I think the person on the beach was done surfing for the day but was interested in seeing how others were doing.

Lots of pelicans there. This one casts a shadow on the wave.

Lots of pelicans there. This one casts a shadow on the wave.

We went to a place that protects sea turtles and helped in the release of some babies. This one moves along the sand toward the water, driven forward by some sort of instinct.

We went to a place that protects sea turtles and helped in the release of some babies. This one moves along the sand toward the water, driven forward by some sort of instinct.

Turtle tracks in the sand.

Turtle tracks in the sand.

Went to a night street market. Here Daniel and Alejandra negotiate with a vendor.

Went to a night street market. Here Daniel and Alejandra negotiate with a vendor.

And who could go to a seaside town and not get a sunset picture?

And who could go to a seaside town and not get a sunset picture?

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 6 months ago

Wow, wow, wow, some incredible captures! I love the composition and color in the surfing photos, but still can't get over #9 - as if the baby turtle wasn't enough, the light and texture are just over the top! Now I'm ready for the beach. smile

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Greg Blaney Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks Bethany. The experience at the turtle beach was fun. The turtles are released at around 5:00 in the afternoon - apparently it's the best for temperature and timing. It's also the best for a photographer as the details in the sand stand out better with the low sun. They gave us each a turtle in a half coconut shell and we went to a specific spot and let them go. And off they went straight to the water. No time wasted lest they get scooped by a bird. Fortunately, no scooping happened that day +1

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Heike 1 year, 6 months ago

Wow Greg, your post made me stop hibernating and write a comment. smile Very very cool pics, the surf-photos give me such a great summer feeling. Looking at them, it's like I can hear the waves and smell the salty air.
I totally love #3 and the edit of it. I looked at it again and again, it's just WOW! The mood is fantastic, the composition is great, and it's perfect how the shadow ends in the right corner of the photo. Very well done! Did you reduce the color saturation?
#9 gave me a big smile. This little running turtle and the large trace it left on the beach is just funny and heartwarming.
Also the pelican is so well captured. The whole series is pure joy to look at!

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Greg Blaney Replied to Heike 1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks for all your kind comments Heike. I'm really glad you liked the post. Puerto Escondido is such a great place to visit - but then, a warm place in January is always a great place to visit. As you can tell, photo #3 went through a bit of post processing. Besides the crop to line up the shadow with the corner of the photo (a suggestion from a friend) I used a NIK preset on it. I think it was Detail Extractor and then a little bit of desaturation, as you figured out. The turtles were really cute and left impressive trails behind. Very informative too. I had noticed that you have been absent from Photoblog for a bit. I miss your posts - they're always high quality photos, thoughtfully formulated, very interesting and often accompanied with some of your humour. I hope to see you back in action soon. Take care.

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