As our bus reached the sprawl on the outskirts of Mexico City from the south, I looked through the window from my aisle seat and noticed that the light from the afternoon sun was shining perfectly across the urban landscape. I thought it was a pity that I couldn’t ask the driver to stop every few kilometers on the highway so I could lean out the front door and take a photo. I surveyed the cleanliness of the bus window and decided that while it was not spotless, it was far from the filthiest glass that ever stood between me and the passing scenery. The bus window was also tinted, but I thought it might serve as a sort of polarizing filter. Hey, you have to work with the conditions you are given sometimes. I asked Rad to lean his seat back a little, fetched my camera from the overhead bin, and set the shutter speed to offset the highway speed of the bus. I order to get shutter speeds as high as 1/500 or 1/1000, I jacked up the ISO. I kept the setting the same while we were crept through the traffic jams near the bus station to keep uniformity. The resulting graininess of the image usually is not my jam, but I thought it kind of worked for these images. I mean, I was shooting across my husband’s lap through a semi-grubby bus window at highway speeds for crying out loud. You take what you can get.
The following afternoon, we boarded another bus with tinted windows that shot us out the north side of the city and I was certain to procure a window seat. I even cleaned the interior glass before our departure. The weather was not as favorable as the day before. It was rather overcast and depressing, but this is what I usually think of when I think about Mexico City anyhow. The sun shone dimly through the smog and clouds over the behemoth city. However, I was ready for whatever presented itself outside my window. The top two most interesting things I saw were a dead rooster lying in the center of the highway and a Jack Link’s Beef Jerky semi with the company’s menacing Sasquatch mascot plastered on the side of the trailer.