Pueblito Paisa – Medellin, Colombia

In the province of Antioquia in Colombia there are a dozen or so pueblitos (small towns) that dot the countryside.  At one point in time these were all working villages and a very large part of Colombian society.  As time has worn on, the majority of people have moved from the countryside to the major cities, such as Medellin.  However, to this day the pueblitos remain a vital part of Antioquian culture.  During summer vacations, and long weekends, families and friends march from the cities to one of the many towns to get away from it all.  In the city of Medellin there is a replica village called Pueblito Paisa which sits in a park on a hill overlooking the capital of the province.  On weekends it bustles with activity as people shop for souvenirs, grab some traditional lunch, or just climb up to enjoy the views.  The photo below was taken today from the courtyard in front of the old church in Pueblito Paisa.

Pueblito Paisa

Pueblito Paisa

The Shot

One thing I am constantly working on with my photography is trying to make sure they are multi-dimensional.  Sure I can take a picture of a flower or a church, but the truth is that those images tend to look flat.  Creating an image that has multiple layers and dimensions to it makes it much more pleasant to look at and examine.  This photo of Pueblito Paisa is a bit of a false HDR where I have taken one exposure with my camera, post processed it to create two exposures and then pasted the two together to give even light to the foreground and background while maintaining both the highlights and the shadows.  On a completely irrelevant note, my new camera will be here tomorrow! Yay, I’ll be getting my creative control back! Be prepared for new exciting work.  Also, I leave for Central America on Tuesday, so there will be some substantially new things coming your way.

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. You take some amazing pictures. I was just looking at your Brazil photos, and I can’t believe any of those would qualify as not being quite up to your standards – they’re all gorgeous!

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    • Thanks Emily… I had very little creative control on my camera body through Brazil. But I guess that proves that the eye is as important as the equipment. Hopefully Central America with my new camera gear will mean some good stuff 😀

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    • I’ve done a couple and I will do some more shortly. Was kind of just waiting for my new camera. I promise I’ll have a couple your way soon. 😀

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  2. Love the perspective on this photo. Actually in Colombia now and may just plan a side trip!

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