Montevideo Express (2 of 5): La Rambla

Paris has the famous tree-lined Champs-Élysées; Las Vegas the “Strip” with its glittering neon. Montevideo has La Rambla. The lesser known but similarly beloved avenue is more than just a scenic thoroughfare winding along Montevideo’s coastline; it is an integral part of the city’s identity and culture. With the exception of Estadio Centenario, no other local landmark is more cherished by Montevideo’s 1.3 million residents than this iconic beachside roadway.

24mm @ 1/800, f/8, ISO 400
24mm @ 1/800, f/8, ISO 400

La Rambla is an extremely popular gathering place, especially during the summer months. On balmy evenings, it’s not uncharacteristic to find thousands of residents, of all ages, out and about on the multi-use trails and beaches that line the main 13.6-mile stretch of coastal highway. Whether sipping maté from distinctive gourds, taking a dip in the bay, admiring the sunset under palm trees or simply going for a nighttime bike ride, Montevideo’s residents have built their community around La Rambla, the vital artery through which the city’s lifeblood pulses.

75mm @ 1/640, f/5.6, ISO 100
75mm @ 1/640, f/5.6, ISO 100
14mm @ 1/250, f/10, ISO 100
14mm @ 1/250, f/10, ISO 100
200mm @ 1/500, f/5.6, ISO 100
200mm @ 1/500, f/5.6, ISO 100
140mm @ 1/320, f/8, ISO 100
140mm @ 1/320, f/8, ISO 100
24mm @ 1/320, f/8, ISO 100
24mm @ 1/320, f/8, ISO 100
70mm @ 1/250, f/8, ISO 100
70mm @ 1/250, f/8, ISO 100
62mm @ 1/250, f/2.8, ISO 100
62mm @ 1/250, f/2.8, ISO 100
5-Shot HDR @ 165mm, 1/250, ISO 100
5-Shot HDR @165mm, 1/250, ISO 100
60mm @ 1/250, f/5, ISO 100
60mm @ 1/250, f/5, ISO 100
70mm @ 1/250, f/9, ISO 100
70mm @ 1/250, f/9, ISO 100
105mm @ 1/60, f/2.8, ISO 800
105mm @ 1/60, f/2.8, ISO 800
200mm @ 1/50, f/14, ISO 100
200mm @ 1/50, f/14, ISO 100
180mm @ 1/40, f/3.5, ISO 400
180mm @ 1/40, f/3.5, ISO 400

Check out the high-resolution versions of these and other shots from my trip to Montevideo in my Flickr set.

4 Comments

  1. Thanks Carissa! All of these are digital. I’ll post a “bonus” film set after I finish scanning in all the slides and negs. On the sunset HDR, I bracketed in shutter priority so I could keep the 1/250 speed for the whole series. As a result, the aperture changed with each shot.

  2. If I my say so, Great work!!! From a humble photography fan
    In a way you captured our essence as well as the city spirit. Looking forward to enjoy the other 2 post of my beloved city.
    Did you have the change to visit other locations in Uruguay?
    Once more thanks for this, I really like them

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