Sports in Cozumel

by Othon Gonzales
http://www.cozumelspanish.com

Cozumel is famous as a beautiful place for Scuba diving and nowadays more and more for triathlon competitions (swimming, biking and running).

Ironman in Cozumel

You can see Ironmen and women doing their routine training everyday during the year in order to get in shape, yet most of them are foreigners.

Local people mostly prefer to do other sports: soccer is very popular, but baseball also has a lot of amateur teams in Cozumel.

Soccer in Cozumel

They play every weekend in the ” Rojo Gomez ” Stadium,  located on the corner of 30 Ave. and Salas street.

Baseball in Cozumel

There are also many persons, all ages going to the “Sports Field” (Unidad Deportiva) on 11th Ave. to do jogging, basketball and field and track sports.

But the most popular sport in this island is and it will always be… Jar and Mug lifting!!

Tati s photo tip:
Go out and photograph sport activities. It s a lot of fun – especially here in Cozumel.
For sharp images use a fast shutter speed (min. 1/500) or the sport setting of your point-and-shoot camera.Fast lenses (f. 1.4 – f.2.8) help to keep working with a fast shutter speed, too.
Also using the flash minimizes motion blur.
Framing the photograph “wider” – providing more space around your object, helps keeping the action in your shot.

It s better to do a little cropping in post production.

Motocross in Cozumel

Independance day in Cozumel

by Othon Gonzales
http://www.cozumelspanish.com

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

Mayan Ancient Drums

by Othon Gonzales www.cozumelspanish.com

Mayan drums are the most ancient instruments of percussion made from a trunk of the Zapote tree, hollowed out by hands, with no tools.
The first ones were horizontal named ” TUNKUL ” with a slit on one side to make different tunes, played with wood sticks.

Tunkul - Mayan drum

Then also made the ” AYOTL ” , turtle shells played with the hands.

Ayotl - turtle drum of the Mayans

The latest ones were vertical ” HUEHUETL ” hollowed and covered with a fur of a jaguar, often carved with figures of animals and persons.

Huehuetl, vertical drum

All of them were played in ceremonies, war and celebrations, sometimes with a poetic, loving sense.

Mayan Instruments

If you go to the Carnival parades, you will see that nowadays, there are groups of drummers called ” batucada “, playing with an extraordinary rhythm, that are a reminiscence of that glorious civilization.

Tati´s Photo tip:
Most of the cameras have the ability of shooting video, too. Especially when you shoot something that is related to music – don´t forget about recording a short video.
Listen to the ancient instruments described above:

Rehersal – during an exhibition at the UQROO in Cozumel