Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Llano San Juan, New Mexico - Photo Safari

Llano San Juan Donkey, New Mexico, 2011

One of my greatest joys in life is to take off for the day on “Photo Safari”…….never really knowing where I might wind up or what I’ll see or discover. Last week we arrived in northern New Mexico for an extended stay and I immediately started planning which days I would be able to go lose myself in the hills around Taos. The day of this picture was a little overcast and kind of drizzly, with patches of clouds and every once in a while a major down pour of rain…….but as the saying goes…………. “A Bad Day of Photography is always better than a Good Day at the Office”.

Driving out east of Penasco in the valley area of Llano San Juan, I headed out to a spot I thought might photograph well on an overcast day. Well, it just wasn’t working for me, besides constantly trying to keep my camera and myself dry. Being kind of stubborn anyway, I tried driving around some other back roads in hopes of finding that one elusive brilliant opening of light on a spectacular meadow or church building………nothing until I drove by this old farm and make shift barn. The donkey was probably the smartest of the two of us this day. He at least was staying out of the rain. Luckily, there wasn’t any traffic on the road, so I threw it in park, rolled down the side window and shot this from inside the truck. If you look close, you can see the rain coming down around the dark area around the donkey. Ten seconds after this shot, the donkey decided I wasn’t that intersting any more, and turn inside and disappeared.

As “Photo Safari’s” go, this was a slow and not to productive session, but the time out cruising the High Road area was still time worth spending. Hope you also try to find time to go on your own Safari.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Photo of the Week - August 29, 2011

Isn't this a cool old truck!!! A good friend of mine & fellow photographer, Geraint Smith shot this truck quite a few years back, and I had always like the image. Last Friday, Chris & I were out on "Photo Safari" around the area, and drove right by this truck......I slammed on the brakes and both of us simultaneously said....."That's Geraint's Truck"!!!! Anyway, here is my attempt at the same image........sorry Geraint for copying, but I do love that old image of yours.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Photo of the Week - August 22, 2011

Well, we are finally back in Taos. Our drive from Albuquerque up to Taos was like driving through a 4th of July fireworks show. The lightning was a distance off of both sides of the road, with both of us simultaneously saying for most of the drive....."Wow...did you see that one "!!!!

The storms hung around most of the next day, giving me some great sky's to shoot. This one is from south of Taos near the hiking trail to the gorge rim. I was shooting the sunset to the southwest in hopes of something spectacular happening.... for about 20 minutes....nothing. Then I turned around towards Taos Mountain to see how the dark clouds were looking around the mountain, and there was this old tree. Working my way around the tree with a few different angle shots, I finally just stopped......tried to get out of my Southern California mind and experience the world I was physically standing in. This was the image that I opened my eyes up too. I like it......and will use this image as my spring board for the duration of my month long stay in New Mexico. Hope you like it too.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Photo of the Week - August 15, 2011

After a few weeks of Black & White images for my "Photo of the Week", I thought I would show you some of that beautiful New Mexico color. This was taken last fall in Pilar, south of Taos, along the Rio Grande River (in fact right on top of the river). The red willows in the sand bar against the blue of the river and sky are fantastic...don't you think!!! Hope you enjoy seeing the picture as much as I had in being there and taking.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Photo of the Week - August 8, 2011

Black Mesa Chapel on the San lldefonso Pueblo in Northern New Mexico.
A brown adobe chapel & white steeple, some white crosses to the side, great clouds and sun shining just on the could I pass this up!! This is the New Mexico I just love to see.

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Special Offer - Mesa Verde Sunrise print

I am offering this 12" x 22" print of "Sunrise - Mesa Verde National Park" for $125 to the first 10 people that reply to this offer. Each print has been printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl paper, and will be hand signed and numbered of 10.

This image was taken in September 2006 in the Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado.

The print will be shipped to you in a roll tube, and included in the price of the print.

If you have any questions, please contact me at the studio at (760) 518-1530 or email: