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Photographer's Note

There's some implicit voyeurism in overlooking a downtown area after dark. I've tried to control that here -- allowing a peek into the hidden courtyard of the restaurant without rising to the level of surveillance.

LaPaz -- like all cities in Mexico and throughout Latin America -- comes alive at night. That is partially due to the legacy of the Spanish culture, but it is reinforced here by the climate, which is uncomfortably warm in the mid-afternoon. Of course, the Iberian climate is responsible for the siesta culture in the first place, so the tradition survives in an appropriate place.

The camera recorded the shutter speed here as 76,923,076/100,000,000; I'm gonna round that to 3/4 of a second. This file got some dodging, a little burning, but mostly I dialed OUT much of the saturation. I generally adore the way color saturates a long-exposure night shot, but here it looked unreal. This is a fairly accurate representation of what you might see, sitting on a rooftop in downtown LaPaz around midnight.

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