Street Photos – Oaxaca, Mexico.

By Posted in - North America & Photo Stories & Travel Blog on June 7th, 2010

One of my favorite ways to shoot is from the hip. Oaxaca was a great place to walk around and do this all day. The city is full of great colors, amazing faces and beautiful buildings. I also have some more typical pictures from around the town that I will put in another post but for now I leave you with the street photos. These are some of my favorite from the trip.  I didn’t notice this until I was editing the photos but apparently the lady below was not too happy with me, which I think is pretty funny.

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  • Clarkson -

    June 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    could be just me, but most of the photos look blurry and f*cked up. But what do I know 🙁

  • beersandbeans -

    June 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks for the comment Clarkson. That’s how they’re supposed to be. Not all travel photos are pretty, perfect pictures of landscapes. Photography is about the moment and this is my style. Sorry you don’t get it. Hopefully you’ll like some other ones coming up that are more like normal travel photos and are un-blurry. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by though and leaving your two cents – I appreciate it. 🙂

  • Nancie (Ladyexpat) -

    June 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I read your article about shooting from the hip, and will definitely try it one of these days.

    I like the various POV’s you’ve captured. The lady with the fist looks a little menacing…haha. I’m used to that here in Korea. I’m always getting hollered at by the Koreans even when I’m not taking including them in my shots.
    .-= Nancie (Ladyexpat)´s last blog ..Rolling the Omelet =-.

    • beersandbeans -

      June 16, 2010 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Nancie! Thanks for commenting, I’m glad you liked the pics! I’ll have to keep that in mind in Korea. 🙂@Nancie (Ladyexpat),

  • Dave and Deb -

    June 8, 2010 at 7:01 am

    I love the photos, especially the second one where the people in the foreground are blurred but the woman in the back is captured with clarity. You really showed the vibrancy and energy of the city. Great shots!

    • beersandbeans -

      June 16, 2010 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks Nancy & Dave & Deb! I’m glad you guys like them. I think the 2nd one down is my favorite too. Oaxaca is a photographer’s paradise.@Dave and Deb,

  • Coolmon -

    June 10, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I like your selection of pictures; I especially like the multi colored suns on the sidewalk.
    .-= Coolmon´s last blog ..Lena Horne Biography =-.

    • beersandbeans -

      June 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks for your comment Coolmon!

  • […] Street Photos – Oaxaca, Mexico: I love these photos taken by Beth of Beers and Beans.  They have a rough quality that I love — you can feel the energy of the city through them. […]

  • Kate -

    June 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    How beautiful! I have to look up this “shooting from the hip” article another person mentioned – these shots have such personality. Is it pure luck that the couple about to kiss is in focus?? Did you just put the camera on auto, or what? Amazing, I love them!
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Update =-.

    • beersandbeans -

      June 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks for your comment Kate! To answer your question – I almost always have the camera on auto focus. There are times I take it off but that is usually only in low light situations where I feel it isn’t doing a great job picking up on the right things. When shooting from the hip a lot of times I have it on auto focus and I let the focus range be the entire scene (instead of just one pinpointed area). That way I have a better chance of getting more things in focus.

      The reason the kissing couple looks in focus is because everyone around them is moving and they are standing still (for the most part). So most of the blur you see is actually created by a low shutter speed (combined with moving subjects and me moving as well) not the actual focus of the camera. The movement around them is what makes your eye focus on them and makes them stand out even more. This was a really lucky shot and I shot a lot of frames of this scene because I knew when I saw it that there was a really awesome moment waiting in there. It could’ve been ruined in an instant if someone else had walked into the frame and in front of them but thankfully no one did!

      The article the other view is referring to was a guest post I did on AlmostFearless. You can read it here:

      Thanks again for leaving a comment!

  • Gina -

    June 16, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I LOVE these photos!!!
    so griddy, full of life, color, movement….


    • beersandbeans -

      June 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm

      I’m so glad you like them Gina! Thanks for commenting!

  • Migration Mark -

    June 18, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Amazing pictures. You definitely capture the movement of blur to focus extremely well in these hip view shots!
    .-= Migration Mark´s last blog ..World Cup of Cuisine: 32 Culinary Nations Battle in South Africa 2010 =-.

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  • Natalie T. -

    August 21, 2011 at 3:48 am

    That woman is literally giving you the fist! Who does that?! Eeps.

    • Bethany -

      August 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

      I know. I had no idea until after when I saw the photo. haha@Natalie T.,

  • Travel and Escape Community -

    June 18, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Great photos. We have a weekly photo contest, and it would be great if you entered. Weekly winners will be published in a special upcoming travel photo gallery on Of course we will also link to your blog. You can check out our Best Adventure Travel Photo Winners here:

    Travel and Escape had a very large following, and it’s a great way to broadcast your work!

  • Kristen J. – Hopscotch the Globe -

    June 18, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Such beautiful photos. I love how you captured some great moments, and the colours in the photos really make everything pop!

  • Audrey -

    September 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I like the one of the couple kissing, and also the first one with the lady shaking her fist. Haha, that one’s awesome! 😀

  • Joy R. -

    May 10, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    So I was looking through your photos and remembering when my parents took our family to Oaxaca as children. I came across your first photo, with the woman holding her fist up at you, I am almost positive that this is my mother! Totally hilarious because she does this constantly as a joke. I would love to see more pictures if you have any as my dad ciuld possibly be in them? He passed away from cancer and it would mean the world to me! Great pictures!