SHOT LIST 2: ARCHITECTURE
San Miguel’s architecture is spectacular. A tilt-shift lens is ideal to make the most of the towering geometry of La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. But if you don’t have a tilt-shift or land camera in your holiday kit (because let’s face it, who does?), converging verticals can also make for dramatic compositions. For an interestingly lit shot, head to Plaza San Miguel de Allende at twilight for a new perspective on the basilica. The nearby Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez will also provide some spectacular external shots – not just from the building itself, but also the large internal courtyard, with its surrounding cloisters. Here you’ll find exhibitions of paintings, drawings and sculptures, as well as live dramatic arts performances.
For indoor architecture, you’ll realistically want a camera setup that’s well-suited to low light (sorry, camera phones!). Most modern DSLRs have excellent noise-cancelling functionality, so if you’re working handheld, make sure this is switched on and ramp up the ISO value. The Templo de la Purisima Concepcion has an intricate main altar so you might also want a longer lens to capture all the detail.
On the ground floor of the Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez, the recently restored Siqueiros mural inhabits an exceptional space. The symmetry of the artwork in the cloisters is so spectacular you’ll want to spend a few minutes setting up right in the centre. For the sharpest, cleanest image, pop your camera on a tripod, and turn the ISO down low.
[Box out: Exposures around 20sec will help to blur any passers-by, giving your photo a burst of energy, but keeping the artwork in focus.]