Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Mexico Summer Storms

July is the the kick-off season of our monsoon rains in New Mexico. With that come many opportunities for photographing lightning and the natural elements at work. 

So during one of the stormy evenings I decided that I needed to capture these unique moments to my city. During storms, I feel that most people seek shelter from the rain and miss the beauty of the landscape after or during the rains. I geared up in my adventure combat boots, hoodie and weather-proofed camera and found a great spot overlooking Four Hills. I spent about an hour photographing an epic sunset being graced by our dramatic clouds and rains in the distance.

Below are a few of my favorite images from this shoot and I hope to storm chase more!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Recent Wedding

The last wedding I shot was with a close colleague of mine, Guadalupe Chavez. I was the second shooter, which took away all the normal pressures of photographing a wedding. During the familial shots, I was able to use explore our environment more in depth and realized that beautiful bokeh would be produced by shooting through Christmas lights.

I've learned over the past few years that one of the most important qualities you can have a photography is the ability to pay attention. It's also a great life skill and helps you anticipate what may happen as you are in linear timeline of string of moments. The little things make a big difference and will be captured through whatever you do. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Salinas Pueblo Missions

 South of Mountaineer, NM there are 3 sites of ruins. The original inhabitants of the land had a great community in place when the Spaniards arrived. They used the existing structures to colonize this area of civilization to Roman Catholicism and civil government. They built over the existing circular kivas and made a community under the Franciscan missionaries. The missions were abandoned in the late 1600s, then reoccupied in the mid-1800s. They were declared a National Monument in 1909 and later excavated in 1938.

The architecture at the sites are quite amazing. Every detail of the construction is used for lighting and interior building when electricity did not exist. This is mind-blowing since we rely on technology for nearly every aspect of life. It reveals how aware of lighting that these people were.

Below are a few images from the Gran Quivira followed by the Abo site. The Quarai site is the last of the missions part of the monument, which I was unable to visit.

Here is a link to a more detailed history of the missions:

Friday, May 23, 2014

El Malpais

El Malpais is a national monument near Grants, NM. In spanish, malpais means badlands. My photography friends and I decided to venture this direction in pursuit of photos. We found ourselves in the midst of vast caves with beautiful sky windows. This experience along with many others in the state must be why New Mexico is dubbed the "Land of Enchantment." 

On our way back we ran into grazing horses that really captured our hearts. It's just a beautiful thing to run into wildlife in the desert. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Salt Lakes in Portales

While visiting a friend in Portales, NM  a few weekends ago, we went to the Salt Lakes. The environment was like experiencing a miniature White Sands near Texas. We explored the vast territory, reflected on the wonders of earth and enjoyed our afternoon in the company of great friends. Of course I brought my camera and captured the following images.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Morning Fog

This past weekend Albuquerque experienced a rare occurrence in the city- fog! As many know, we are in a drought, so when there is precipitation of any kind, it is noted. This particular Saturday morning, we experienced a few hours of rain the previous night. The fog stayed in the city for a few hours of morning, and I was able to capture part of its beauty from my vantage point. It was quite a treat!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Albuquerque's Volcanoes

This past weekend I was able to spend time with a dear friend and colleague in the Petroglyph National Monument. We hiked around the volcanoes with the purpose of creating images and practicing our photography. We discussed the need to improve our landscape photographs, but how we love the human element in an image.

When it comes to landscape photography, I feel that the human connection is essential in a photograph. It makes the image more interesting to me to look at and to make. Landscape photographs don't always require a person in the image. Whenever I am out in nature, I feel that the best experience is being right there in the moment of wherever I am. I have come to realize that many will not get to or want to experience nature in this way and that a photograph is the closest thing they will ever experience. So although I do not particularly enjoy taking landscape photos because the quality of nature is better in the flesh, I take photos because I feel like it is a responsibility to share these images with others that may not have the opportunity to venture in the wonders given to us.