Posts tagged New Mexico
Photographing the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Although I’ve been to New Mexico many times (I have family roots there), I had never had the opportunity to attend the Balloon Fiesta, held every fall for the last 45 years. Kathy and I scheduled in three sessions at the Fiesta’s opening weekend during a recent photo trip to NM. (A session is a morning launch period or an evening glow event; virtually nothing takes place mid-day. Each session’s admission requires a separate ticket. For comprehensive information, visit their web site.)

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Photographing Shiprock

Shiprock (in Navajo Tsé Bitʼaʼí, "rock with wings" or "winged rock") is a huge rock that rises almost 1,600' above the  desert in the northwest corner of New Mexico. I arranged my schedule to shoot a sunset and a sunrise in December 2015. Getting there is easy, up to a point. From Highway 491, about 7 miles south of Shiprock, NM, turn west on Indian Service Road 13 (Red Rock Highway.) Drive about 7 miles and turn onto the dirt road just before the dike that leads to Shiprock. You can't miss it.

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Photographing Taos Pueblo

Let me begin by saying that I have mixed feelings about the Taos Pueblo. On the one hand, it is stunningly beautiful and located in an equally beautiful location. The lines and colors of the adobe homes are visually appealing, especially to a photographer. The fact that the inhabitants choose to live without electricity and running water is also impressive and makes a visitor reflect about such a lifestyle. The nearby cemetery with its wooden crosses and church ruin are evocative and remind you of the lengthy history of the pueblo. Add several friendly dogs soaking up the sun, and you have a unique community that is a sharp contrast to nearby Taos, which is pleasant enough, but highly commercialized. I went in mid-September and there were dozens of visitors, so get there when it first opens and shoot the pueblo first and then the cemetery.

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