Independance day in Cozumel

by Othon Gonzales

It’s in September when we celebrate the independence of Mexico from Spain.

Well, this year, the City Hall decided to set right in the roundabout of the crossing of 11th and 30th avenues, a model of the column of the Independence.

Cozumel Avenida 11 with 30 The original is a beautiful monument located in Mexico City, 36 meters height, built in 1910. Some heroes of that war are buried there, Miguel Hidalgo and Andres Quintana Roo, among others.

Columna Independencia Mexico CityThe column has four female statues ( the originals in bronze ), which represent law, justice, war and peace.
Angel de Independencia
On top of the column there is a winged angel holding a crown of laurels, symbolizing the victory.
Angel of the IndependenceIf you drive or walk over there, stop by and take a look. it’s worth it to see… and…

¡Viva Mexico!

Tati ‘s photo tip:
Cozumel has a miniature park displaying the most important buildings of the country Mexico.
Also an exhibition with interesting Mexican art.
I offer photography tours exploring the park and you will learn everything about perspectives in photography.
Along with architecture photography and how to take pictures in a museum.

miniature park


Margaritaville in Cozumel

by Othon Gonzales

For sure you know the restaurant-bar Margaritaville here in Cozumel, but maybe some of you don’t know where the name is come from…
In 1977 the singer Jimmy Buffett

margaritaville cozumel spent a month on vacation in Austin, Texas.
He loved to go to a place ” Lung’s Cocina del Sur” where he discovered the cocktail “Margarita”.

He composed a song and named Margaritaville, with lyrics reflecting a laid-back style in a tropical climate and he
included the song in his album : “Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes”, which reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart, and #13 on the Hot Country chart that year.
It was a success so huge, that Buffett, who also is  a business man, opened his first bar with that name.

The Margaritaville bar in Cozumel , relects precisely that kind of lifestyle.
If you have not heard the song yet, click here:

And using the last verse of it… I could only tell you: ” It was my damn fault!

Tati´s Photo tip:
To photograph cocktails like Margarita´s use clean glasses and pay special attention to the decoration (fruits, umbrella, and straw), the light and background. I like to put the camera on the same level than the glass to avoid weird distortions.
The “Food” program of your point-n-shoot camera can come in handy! Try it

photography food and beverage

Understanding Colors – for photographers

By Tati Biermas:

Understanding the Meaning of Colors (Color Psychology) is important for your pictures.
And altough the meaning of colors varies depending on culture and circumstances each color has many aspects to it.

Color is a form of non verbal communication a dynamic energy. Use colors wisely in your photography.

Helpful tips:

Learn the “language of colors” using the color wheel: Contrasting/competing colors, harmonic colors, warm and cool colors, etc…

color wheel

Find detailed info about Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, white & Black here:

Another good & Quick guide for the use of colors and their meanings:

Color Emotion Guide




by Othon Gonzales

Mexican dancer CARNIVAL 2013
Hi my friends… party is never ending in Mexico, so now, everybody is getting ready for Carnival, a tradition that started hundreds of years ago in Europe
as a consequence of a Catholic period of abstinence…The Lent.

” Carne vale ” is a late Latin expression that means farewell to the meat because it is forbidden on Fridays. In ancient times, however, it had another
context…abstinence was: ” Not to have physical contact of any kind “, so somebody thought it would be a good idea a festival to enjoy all the
worldly pleasures before the Ash Wednesday.

Colorful customs, music and dancing start this Saturday 19th in Cozumel, when the Queen and the King of the ” Carnaval ” will be crowned.

carnival 2013

Tati´s Photo tip:
There are many dancing groups doing kind of rehearsals – for the parades starting February 8 – on the streets of Cozumel now.
Mexican colors and party atmosphere at its best!! Whenever you see them – stop by and take some pictures.
Best results are with a fast shutter speed (minimum 1/800 sec.) and then wait for that instant when the dancer stops moving.
So, have a good time and enjoy party !!

 female dancer cozumel

Día de la Independencia in Cozumel, Mexico

The Mexican Day of Independence is set on the 16th September.







Nevertheless, the celebration already begins the night before when thousands of visitors gather in downtown to watch the dance shows, listen to music, and admire a spectacular firework at midnight with the grito de independencia, “Viva México!”


 The following day, all schools are closed with their students taking part in a huge parade and next to the police, the military and the marines in the city center.


Since the beginning of the 19th century, the Mexican citizens began to rise up against of the colonial rule of Spain. After several drought periods, increasing costs for food, and regarding the amount privileges of the Spanish conquerors, the Mexican people felt more and more discontent and depleted. Finally triggered by the Declaration of Independence of France and the United States, the Mexican war of Independence began with protest marches and riots.


The most famous leader of the conspirators has been Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla who has announced a revolt against the Spanish authorities on 16th September 1810 in the Grito de Dolores. The patriotic Cry of Dolores ended with the words:

“Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe, Viva la América española, viva Fernando VII, Viva México! Viva México! Viva México!”
Eleven years later, Mexico’s Independence has officially been accepted in 1821 in Veracruz.