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Old June 24th, 2013, 09:14 PM   #16
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Just a quick note now that I am in Iquitos, Peru. The folks here agree that small is better right now. Crime and armed robberies have increased dramatically and an inconspicuous camera is what they recommend.

I start doing some prep work and maybe a little shooting tomorrow. Can't wait to get started. I love this place!
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Old June 24th, 2013, 10:23 PM   #17
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Have a great trip Phil and be safe! The value and professionalism of cameras has always been judged by their size to the unfamiliar. Luckily for us we know that has all changed. Enjoy the challenge of your "small" camera. Not attracting the attention a shoulder mount gets can work to your advantage in many ways. But you know that. Be well!

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Old June 25th, 2013, 06:51 PM   #18
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Phil, so how's things in Iquitos, shooting some good stuff? How's the mosquitoes treating you, got plenty of DEET there?

Last Nov. we cruised further east along on the Amazon, it was great, loved it. In the season, we were told the mosquitoes are so bad,
you can't open your mouth to speak! Hope it's better in Iquitos.

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Old June 25th, 2013, 08:41 PM   #19
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Have a great trip Phil and be safe! The value and professionalism of cameras has always been judged by their size to the unfamiliar. Luckily for us we know that has all changed. Enjoy the challenge of your "small" camera. Not attracting the attention a shoulder mount gets can work to your advantage in many ways. But you know that. Be well!

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Thanks, Steve. I'm hoping I can do a good job with a small camera. I am definitely glad that I don't have the larger camera. I walked around in Belen, the unbelievably poor neighborhood here, and I had everyone's eyes on me as I walked around. It was a very different feeling from years passed. A gringo walking alone catches everyone's attention and I didn't notice as many smiles as I'd received before. That was a little unnerving.

Interestingly, I did see a guy with what looked like a Sony EX3 on nice Vinten sticks shooting in central Iquitos. I tried to talk to him, but he acted like a jerk and wouldn't talk, so I just walked away. He looked nervous and probably thought that I was going to rob him!
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Old June 25th, 2013, 08:56 PM   #20
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Phil, so how's things in Iquitos, shooting some good stuff? How's the mosquitoes treating you, got plenty of DEET there?

Last Nov. we cruised further east along on the Amazon, it was great, loved it. In the season, we were told the mosquitoes are so bad,
you can't open your mouth to speak! Hope it's better in Iquitos.

Cheers.
It's a completely different world on the Amazon, isn't it, Allan? I really love this place.

I've never had any problem with mosquitoes here. I've been here maybe10 times over the years and probably have seen less than 5 total in all that time -- both in town and downriver in the jungle, too. Maybe my blood is poisonous to them. More likely, though, is that I sweat so much that they can't get through to my skin!

Haven't shot much -- trying to get rested up from all the travel. Did a little today down by the river, but plan to get to work for real tomorrow.

Here's a pic I took with my little point-n-shoot while eating a hamburger for dinner. (This kind of beautiful sunset is a daily thing here.)
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Old June 28th, 2013, 07:39 PM   #21
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Hi Phil, nice descriptive pix there.

Totally agree, the Amazon River is a wonderful world to itself, all the surrounding country and the people who live there rely on the river for their livelihood. Last Nov. we sailed in from the Carribean, 1600kms west, more than halfway across Sth America for 11 days, in and back out again.

One city I loved was Manaus, at one time during the rubber boom, it was the richest city in Brazil.

https://www.google.com/search?q=mana...w=1366&bih=673

They had electric street lighting before most European cities and in the late 1800s the city fathers built a European style Opera House. We had 2 days in Manaus and we wanted to see whatever was on, but I couldn't book in advance. Soon as the ship docked, I raced across the city to grab some
of the last tickets for that night.

It was the 60 piece Amazonian Orchestra playing works by a Brazilian composer. The house was full and they played for 85 minutes.
It was a once in a lifetime experience and I marvel at how lucky we were to have been there.

Amazon Theatre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

How is your shoot going?

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Old October 28th, 2013, 01:38 PM   #22
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I always bring my gear with me. And put my computer under the blankets in the bed. You never know when you might get a great shot! :)
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