In October of 2004, I was inspired to travel to Chile after having seen a fabulous, Dickensian telenovela called “Pampa Ilusión,” which was set in the Atacama desert region of that country, in a saltpeter mining town.
I had a brand new camera – a Canon PowerShot G5 – but I’d not had time to learn all of the ins and outs of the camera. I came home with some interesting shots, but many more with settings that were just plain wrong. Over the years I’ve looked at some of them and been annoyed by the poor results, but never really got the hang of fixing them (or the time). Fortunately, my ability to correct at least in part some of the major flaws has improved, and Photoshop CS6’s become my ally in trying to match the images I recall in my memory with the ones I see on my computer’s screen.
By the way, if you ever have a chance to see “Pampa Ilusión,” I highly recommend it. Filmed on location in the former Humberstone salitrera, it tells the story of a bitter, despotic owner of a mining oficina and the daughter he’d abandoned. The cast, which includes Claudia di Girólamo and Francisco Reyes, Hector Noguera, Tamara Acosta, and Francisco Melo, is first rate.