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Winter Shooting

Winter Shooting

Keep a camera handy in winter. Yes it's cold, and you will have to bundle up like the Michelin Man. But once you get out there, you'll be saying "Oh, wow!" so much you may forget to photograph anything. Low-Angle Winter Sun Gives Great Light The sun travels lower in...

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Fall Color at Bosque

Fall Color at Bosque

I don't hate my smartphone's "AoooOOgah" alarm too much when there's a good reason for it. This time, it's an O-dark thirty wakeup call just a few miles from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Bosque is where many snow geese and sandhill cranes go to spend...

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It’s Petroglyph Weather

It’s Petroglyph Weather

Time to meet 5,000+ petroglyphs and stark mountain landscapes. Mesa Prieta is usually deserted, and touched by decent morning light (sometimes spectacular). So how do you get ready? Beyond revisiting the route to the location, my pre-shoot thoughts go something like...

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Shoot The Dog – Pet Photography

Shoot The Dog – Pet Photography

Find Motivation I've been shooting a lot of dog pictures in the last few months. Bernese Mountain Dogs can be charmingly playful, and they're very cute besides. Our Berner Daisy has always been a star, usually getting our tri-color Sheltie Buzz ignored when they're...

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Every 1’s a Winner – Unique Weather

Every 1’s a Winner – Unique Weather

"There'll be another one tomorrow night!" Another patron shouted this to me as I photographed an Albuquerque evening cloudscape outside local restaurant favorite The Range Cafe. The guy was probably referring to that evening's non-existent sunset. I shouted back, "But...

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After The Sunset – Night Skies

After The Sunset – Night Skies

You just finished shooting an absolutely killer sunset, waiting 10 minutes after the sun disappeared for the best color. So it's time to head inside, put the cameras away and pop a cold one, right? After the sunset, El Prado, New Mexico Nope. Now a different kind of...

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Shoot Killer Sunsets

Shoot Killer Sunsets

Everyone shoots them. But most sunset shots make you yawn - see one end-of-day color riot, and you've seen 'em all, right? InfoTrends estimated all of us shot 1.3 trillion photos in 2015. Of that number, a large percentage were sunsets. (If all 1.3 trillion pictures...

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Taos Munching

Taos Munching

Food enhances travel like nothing else. Especially in New Mexico, what you're eating defines the place. If you want instant ID as an insider, order Christmas on the side when your server asks, "Red or green?" That gives you both types of chili, and lets you add as...

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A Fine Vintage

A Fine Vintage

Mine came without caps. There were a few scratches, but the soft front coating was mostly intact. Most important, there was no visible haze when I blasted a flashlight through it. Buzz at home - vintage 90mm f/2 Summicron v2 (1959) Old lenses are cheap. You can get...

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Living in Tuff – Puye

Living in Tuff – Puye

There were about 100,000 of them when the Spanish arrived in the 16th century. They were scattered among the volcanic cliffs and protected sites along the Rio Grande River, 30 settlements altogether. The Conquistadores, missionaries, and pioneer settlers called them...

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