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Photography by Dixon Hamby on Panama Guide

Photos & PicturesBy DON WINNER for - In a perfect world, I would be a happy-go-lucky world traveler, with no responsibilities, and more money than bills. My pack would contain photography equipment and video cameras. I would make a wonderful and lucrative living as a professional photographer, and the nations of the world and the interesting people who inhabit them would be my subjects. Alas, my reality happens to be somewhat removed from the ideal. As it is, I happen to spend great deal of my time pecking away at a computer keyboard in my office, squinting into a computer screen to decide the proper way to translate this word or that from Spanish to English. My cameras tend to gather dust. Unfortunately I don't get paid the big bucks for taking images, and usually when I can get out and about it's because I have to snap a picture of a smoldering transformer that caught fire or something equally newsworthy. Maybe not so interesting, from an artistic point of view. And there's a reason why I don't make a living as a professional photographer. I'm not one. I can take some pretty good photos, and I've told I have a good eye, but "real" professionals like Dixon Hamby blow me away in the skill department. While I take happy snaps, he makes art.

A Chance Encounter: Last week I was sitting at a restaurant, eating lunch and watching the world walk by, when Dixon came up and said "hi." We've met before but I had not seen him in a couple of years. I offered him the opportunity to display some of his imagery on this website, and I'd link back to his webpage. He's going to be sending me some of his images and I'll be putting them up. Whatever he happens to feel like sending. Whenever. He's a skilled photographer who's been working as a professional for years. And I wanted to offer him the opportunity to get some increased exposure for his images. In return I get to populate this page with some better images. So anyway, here it is, photos by Dixon Hamby. All of these were taken at the Fish Market in Panama City. Hey Dixon - I know my readers - think "hot chicks in bikinis enjoying the summer dry season in Panama..." Just a suggestion (grin). Fish is good. Ice is good...

Workers unload blocks of ice at the Fish Market in Panama City, Panama. Under the administration of the Mayor's Office and the municipality of Panama City, thousands of people buy their fresh seafood at the fish market every day. And it takes a whole lot of ice to keep the fish fresh. The vendors who rent the stalls get all the ice they need to keep their products fresh, included in the base monthly price. Photo Credit: Dixon Hamby

Panama's fishing fleet sets off daily to scour the Pacific Ocean for the most tasty delights. Fresh octopus is a favorite, as well as shrimp and prawns, clams and mussels, and some things you might not have seen before. The cold currents from the deep waters of the equatorial Pacific rise toward the surface as the approach the shores of Panama, making the waters a veritable smorgasbord of seafood delights. The seafood in Panama is excellent. Photo Credit: Dixon Hamby

It takes a happy man to sell good fish. I go to the fish market all the time, and some really interesting "characters" make their livings there. You can just see the personality bubbling out of this guy as he displays the catch of the day. Photo Credit: Dixon Hamby

Clear eyes, caught this morning. When the fish are fresh you can still see how clear the eyes are, like these. If it's a day or so old, then the eyes will get "milky" or glazed over. These are fresh, very fresh. Photo Credit: Dixon Hamby

The big fish caught every day by the fishermen get reduced down to manageable parts and pieces. Almost no one wants to buy the whole fish if it's more than 20 pounds or so. I wonder how many thousands of tons of fresh seafood have passed over that chopping block, under that knife, cut apart by this guy. Photo Credit: Dixon Hamby

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Photography by Dixon Hamby on Panama Guide
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, January 10 2012 @ 04:15 PM UTC

Hello Don,

Great pictures, tell Mr. Hamby that his pictures are very good and to send you more. Ask him if he can swing by the local beaches and take some photos of the natives at play if he has time....