Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Week 35 - 2015 in Photographs

Day 239
Eddy on Cimarron Creek

This week included more time devoted to photography. Not just click and run. And while you sometimes capture great pictures that way a concentrated period of time with camera in hand is by far the best approach to learning something while taking pictures.

Opening a computer folder with 100 or more digital images and doing that three or four days in a roll gives you perspective but not necessarily that many more good photographs. A former friend that worked for National Geographic as a photographer told me in the days of film that if you get one good image out of 36 you are an excellent photographer. That was my goal for a long time. Digital through that yardstick out the window on one level but it also put the photographer back in the darkroom if you will.

When I took Photography 101 in college we had a darkroom for our black and white photography. We had complete control of our images. Then along came color and who could afford their own color darkroom. You had to have an intimate relationship with your film processor. Digital gave us a dry darkroom and control of our images again. But still I think if there are three photographs on an average out of 100 you want to spend time with in that dry darkroom you are doing good.

But there are bonanza weeks where your eye, the light, and the subjects available seem to be magic. But even when that is not the case you need to review the photos which did not work and come up with why they did not work. Yes, it is no longer a matter of wasting expensive film but it is part of becoming a better photographer.

Day 240
Coneflower and beetle

 The wet year has certainly given me ample time to learn to photograph sunflowers. And try to come up with unique approaches. I had announced to a photography friend I was out with that I was taking no more photographs of sunflowers. She saw me aiming at the one in the photo I said I was photographing the bug. But this also is not a sunflower but a yellow wild coneflower.

Day 241
Remains of hotel at old Stage Coach stop
Dawson, New Mexico

It is always nice to have new subjects to photograph but familiarity also makes for better photographs. Definitely want to revisit the stage coach stop and also Ojo Caliente and retake the same images but at a different time of day or from another angle.

Day 242
Latia fence at Ojo Caliente

Adobe walls and vigas are familiar architectural elements, however. And because the were familiar I wanted to try a couple different treatments in that dry darkroom. I think I am more fond of the black and white.

Day 243
Shadows and light

But the sepia with a more generous crop makes the building look older. It is a new building built in the old style.

Day 244
Sepia treatment

 But we stayed in the historic hotel where the aim was to keep the historic look but in the renovation and in the photographs. Upon return I want to spend more time with the details of the old hotel.

Day 245
Chair at the end of the hall


  1. Your photography is amazing.

    I have to ask why the rocks are on each post in the coyote fence.

    1. I guess a logical answer would be they serve as a capstone which prevents water from penetrating and rotting the post.

      However, I have noticed in recent years a growing trend of stone stacking among hikers. The cairn is used a lot in the canyonlands of Utah to mark a trail which could not be seen without them. But in the high desert of the southwest trails show, but they can be confused with game trails. The cairn seems to set the human trails apart from the animal trails.

      And that is the practical. However, hikers seem driven to stack stones or pick up pocket rocks which they again leave on another stone. The fence in the picture is at the bottom of a trail with practical and mystical cairns. And when I noticed a post without a stone I placed one on it.

      Maybe it is like tossing a coin in a fountain in Italy. A wish to return.

    2. Oh, and thank you very much for the compliment on my photography.


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