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Old 11-24-2008, 09:21 AM   #31
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...Now I must ask do you have a link to the site for the "online Banjercito"?...
http://www.banjercito.com.mx/site/si...sIITV_ing.html is the link. Clear the cookies on your browser before going to the link. You will have to use IE. Firefox won't work there. Tricepilot provided me the link before I made my MEX solo trip last month. The permit was delivered to my home via Fedex three days after I ordered it online. This really is the way to go, if in fact you know that you will at least be going to the border. This is because once you get the permit you have to cancel it at some point in time at the border (usually on your way out of MEX), so don't order it ahead of time if you only think you might be making the trip. I generally cross at Del Rio or Eagle Pass, and do so at daybreak. Doing so early makes getting the tourist card a 10-minute process, and then you are on your way. If you cross at Eagle Pass there is no processing in Piedras Negras, they will send you on to the checkpoint about 50 km south in the town of Allende on MEX57. Tricepilot is of course correct about crossing back into the US. Pick a crossing point with no lines, like the town he referenced or at Lake Amistad near Del Rio.

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Old 11-24-2008, 09:50 AM   #32
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GREAT good stuff. Thanks, now on with the show...

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http://www.banjercito.com.mx/site/si...sIITV_ing.html is the link. Clear the cookies on your browser before going to the link. You will have to use IE. Firefox won't work there. Tricepilot provided me the link before I made my MEX solo trip last month. The permit was delivered to my home via Fedex three days after I ordered it online. This really is the way to go, if in fact you know that you will at least be going to the border. This is because once you get the permit you have to cancel it at some point in time at the border (usually on your way out of MEX), so don't order it ahead of time if you only think you might be making the trip. I generally cross at Del Rio or Eagle Pass, and do so at daybreak. Doing so early makes getting the tourist card a 10-minute process, and then you are on your way. If you cross at Eagle Pass there is no processing in Piedras Negras, they will send you on to the checkpoint about 50 km south in the town of Allende on MEX57. Tricepilot is of course correct about crossing back into the US. Pick a crossing point with no lines, like the town he referenced or at Lake Amistad near Del Rio.

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Old 11-24-2008, 02:03 PM   #33
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Tricepilot provided me the link before I made my MEX solo trip last month. The permit was delivered to my home via Fedex three days after I ordered it online. This really is the way to go...Cheers,
Mike
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GREAT good stuff. Thanks, now on with the show...
Color saturation bombing of Smugmug occurs this evening Señor Sam
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:54 PM   #34
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:59 PM   #35
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:06 PM   #36
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Just One Afternoon in San Miguel...

San Miguel de Allende is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in all of Mexico.

It is the perfect fusion of color, stone, carved wood, weather, location, altitude, and light.

We pulled into San Miguel in the middle of the afternoon. I virtually dropped my bags in the room, grabbed my cameral, and ran.

I once PM'd another advrider who posted fabulous photos of his trip to Alaska. I asked him what type of camera he used. I suspected a Nikon D3 or some high-end Canon.

What he told me surprised me. Yes, he said, he carried a Nikon D40, but he rarely used it. It was too delicate, too bulky, and too slow to pull out to get that "fleeting" photo op. He said he took 98% of his photos with a Canon Digital Elph 870IS (image stabilization) widescreen capable camera.

He also told me he took 98% of his photos with the Elph in manual mode. Playing with white balance, shutter speed, all that.

Finally, he told me that virtually ALL his photos from his trip report were taken either in the morning or in the afternoon, when the light is best.

Armed with these hints, and now two of the 870 Canons, I set off to Mexico to try his tips and tricks.

Now regarding San Miguel...

Located in the historic triangle including Dolores Hildalgo and Guanajuato, it makes the perfect base for exploring the state of Guanajuato and all that it has to offer. Be forwarned that there are a lot of American and Canadian expats here, but they've done nothing to alter the time-worn cobble stones, brilliant paint, chisled stone, or any of the other elements that make up the "patina" that hits you when you walk this wonderful city.

Enjoy...



This guy hauled my gear to my room as I was grabbing the camera...






















That's Patrick above who wanted to find place to get a pair of these below...



After a little refreshment, we set out in ernest to burn up the memory cards...

Hmmm, this composition has possibilities:



But something isn't just quite right, so let's try a little tweak and get a little yellow in there:



Adding flowers would be cool, but this is too much flowers:



Ah, at least for me, this is a San Miguel "keeper":






Patrick in the midst of going on a joy ride...
























You can catch people off-guard with a joke or some other technique and they'll smile every time...



Then with just a little extra patience, they will give you this...
























































Let me load this installment, and I'll be right back!
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:26 PM   #37
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My vote for best SMA photo






And I love the door photos, by the way. SMA is supposed to be a really nice place to live. I'm going to check it out someday soon.
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:42 PM   #38
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Keep the pics coming !!!
Don't worry James, I have enough pics to stuff all the turkeys in Sealy.

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And I love the door photos, by the way. SMA is supposed to be a really nice place to live. I'm going to check it out someday soon.
Well guys, Smugmug has slowed to a crawl tonight, so I'll finish the San Miguel photographs tomorrow. Time to get dinner and see who wins the Green Bay/New Orleans MNF game...

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Old 11-24-2008, 08:31 PM   #39
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After a little refreshment, we set out in ernest to burn up the memory cards...









































































Damn Bob, you're killin' me. I just got home and I'm ready to take off again Great pics, give us some more.


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Old 11-24-2008, 10:52 PM   #40
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Excellent Señor Navaja. In your honor I had Ruben Blades write a little song in your advrider screen name honor:...
Bob,

You sure do your homework! BTW for you guys from TWT, this is Mike in Clear Lake. I see Chango, the Zerrwecks, and others are also here!

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Old 11-25-2008, 06:39 AM   #41
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Just One Afternoon in San Miguel (Con't)...

BTW, here is the place I stayed in San Miguel...two blocks of the plaza and smack in the middle of everything:



And a cool feature is the enclosed courtyard with secure parking, behind these massive wood doors:
































































































Hank is happy the exchange rate is hovering aroung 12 pesos on the dollar:




















































































Step One:



Step Two:



Step Three:



Completo:














































I have a confession. All these photos were taken in B&W. I just used a lot of this in post production:

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Old 11-25-2008, 09:01 AM   #42
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:19 AM   #43
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:12 AM   #44
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Bob,

Those are championship photos. Absolutley outstanding. I really like the way the mass schedule is painted on the wall like that. Kind of rings of a permanence in time along with the antiquity of the town's architecture.

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Old 11-25-2008, 11:15 AM   #45
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Great images of San Miguel de Allende.
Please come to see more of my country and tell your friends to aim South next time.

Buen viaje !!!
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