Pedestrian Street in Panama City, Panama


Snapshot of Pedestrian Street (Calle Peatonal) in Panama City, Panama; the only one in the metropolis. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Today is Mother’s Day in Panama; one of the most important holidays of the year.  It’s almost as big as Black Friday or CyberMonday in the States.  Millions of dollars are spent on all sorts of presents or gifts  to Panamanian moms during this day.  It’s really something to see if you are new in the city.

Yesterday evening this site was packed with people buying their presents for their moms.  It’s a cultural habit of most Panamanians to buy mom’s presents at the very last minute and business people know that.  They prepare for this evening like a general prepares for war.  A lot of money flows during these last hours of December 7th.  The next euphoria is of course Christmas Day on December 25th and New Year’s Day on December 31st.  Then we start preparing for the madness of the Carnival Week and so forth, but that’s a story for another day.

I took this shot about three years ago. I liked the idea of placing my Canon PowerShot A720 IS close to the ground to get the right angle of people walking on the surface of the red bricks—at the same level of the camera.  I saw this trick somewhere and I decided to give it a try.  You decide whether the picture is any good or not.  I believe there are no strict rules in photography; only general guidelines.  Whatever you try is okay if the result is good and people like it.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who celebrate this day inside the Isthmus of Panama or abroad.  Moms, today is your day.  Felicitaciones!

3 thoughts on “Pedestrian Street in Panama City, Panama”

  1. I do like the effect! I’ve heard other photographers talk about doing street photography this way – simply clicking along with the camera nearly out of sight, and then sorting things later. It worked for you!

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