This is going to be a long post with a lot of photos…

After many years at an alternate location due to construction, the Christmas lights have returned to San Jacinto Plaza. Here is a collection of photos I captured over the holiday. Several of these photos are available for purchase as prints or digital downloads at El Paso Texas Photos.

Christmas Lights at San Jacinto Plaza

The first few photos were shot using a PhaseOne medium format digital back on a Cambo technical camera. This set up requires a lot of patience because it is 100% manual and mechanical. However, the results are worth the effort.

Christmas Tree at San Jacinto Plaza

Christmas Decorations in Downtown El Paso

Christmas in downtown El Paso

The next few photos were created by placing the camera on a very tall tripod and raising it to a height of between 10 and 20 feet. The camera was controlled wirelessly using a CamRanger.

Christmas in downtown El Paso, Texas

Placing the camera much higher than usual offers a unique perspective that helps break up the visual clutter present in these scenes.

View of Christmas Decorations in San Jacinto Plaza in El Paso, Texas

The Christmas Tree in downtown El Paso

The next set of photos were all taken hand held as I walked around the area to include the ice skating rink at Winterfest.

Winterfest in downtown El Paso

El Paso Winterfest





These final images were all taken with a very wide fisheye lens. This lens is a lot of fun and the distortion it creates can be used to make photos much more engaging.

Photograph of Winterfest in El Paso, Texas

San Jacinto Plaza by El Paso Photographer Brian Wancho

San Jacinto Plaza Christmas Lights