"Red Devil" buses, former US school buses brightly painted with figures from religion, pop art and movies, were once the primary means of public transport in Panama. Notorious for over-crowding and accidents, they were phased out during 2013 but some remain in use for private excursions.
Panama – Photo Tip

Clear your mind of other distractions

Photo by Kieran Meeke

Panama – Photo Tip Clear your mind of other distractions

I was walking through Panama City's Casco Viejo when I saw this "Red Devil" bus struggling to turn a corner, while the kids inside were keen to buy candy apples from a street vendor.

Kieran Meeke
Kieran Meeke Travel Writer

These former US school buses have been painted up in bright colors and acted for a long time as Panama’s public transport system. They have now been superseded by more modern ones, with adult-sized seats, but this one was actually doing what it was designed for: taking school children on an outing.

I am a writer, not a photographer, and I tend to use my camera as a memory aid, taking pictures of menus in restaurants or signs showing opening hours. Looking through a camera viewfinder too much can mean missing the bigger picture, and important elements such as the smells and people around me.

I do want to keep improving my photography but I have found the only way to do that is set some time aside to just taking pictures, getting out of snapshot mode. To take good photos, your mind must be clear of other distractions, whether that is writing, looking after the family, or just enjoying yourself on holiday.

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Panama does not have the street food of some other cities but still offers a variety of fresh fruit, especially salted green melon in season, as well as candy apples and snow cones. Fried chicken and empanadas are also popular snacks. Photo by Kieran Meeke

Kieran Meeke

Kieran Meeke

Panama does not have the street food of some other cities but still offers a variety of fresh fruit, especially salted green melon in season, as well as candy apples and snow cones. Fried chicken and empanadas are also popular snacks.

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