The traditional barbecue or asado remains the most popular form of relaxation in Uruguay, either at home or on the beach – where this family are enjoying mate in the shade of a bridge. Mate is a caffeine-rich herbal tea, made in a gourd continually topped up with hot water from a flask.
Uruguay – Photo tip

Be open-minded and positive

Photo by Francesco Pistilli

Uruguay – Photo tip Be open-minded and positive

I was told that Santiago Vazquez was a fishing town, so I went there hoping to board a boat.

Francesco Pistilli
Francesco Pistilli

But the weather was bad and the only locals I could find were two men fishing with poles, while their families sat under a bridge sipping mate and chatting. After more than two hours on a bus, I was not really happy but I stopped to talk with them anyway. In only a short amount time, I made some new friends, had a nice shot and learned a lot about the town.

During the opening night of the carnival, the road was strongly lit and I was shooting at just ISO800. All of a sudden, one of the floats covered my main source of light, but changing ISO is not a fast operation. To react without losing the image I wanted, I lowered the aperture to f/2.5 and shutter speed to 1/13 while following the movement. The person closest to me looks blurry because of the shallow depth of field, but the main character is perfectly in focus.

The photo (below) looks even better than how I imagined it.

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La Murga is a form of subversive protest associated with carnival and with its roots in Spain. Major personalities and events of the year are satirised by a group of singers and musicians wearing distinctive jester-style costumes. Photo by Francesco Pistilli / Transterra Media

Francesco Pistilli

Francesco Pistilli

Olympus E-M5

Agency
Transterra Media
Aperture
ƒ/2.5
Exposure
1/13
ISO
800
Focal
17 mm

La Murga is a form of subversive protest associated with carnival and with its roots in Spain. Major personalities and events of the year are satirised by a group of singers and musicians wearing distinctive jester-style costumes.

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