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on Mar 11, 2014 in B&W Photography

Hittin Hwy 163

My bumper sticker states it simply: I Brake for Light! And I mean literally! We came over the rise and I saw the light on the spire and hit the brakes! Cruising up Hwy 163 towards Monument Vly, you can’t help but be inspired by the play of light on the landscape. I grabbed the D4 / 80-400 and shooting at 105mm, took what you see here. Everything about the photo is pretty straight forward except you might be wondering why I left the power pole in the photo. There are many reasons, scale, man encroachment on the landscape, detail, take your pick. It might disappear with time, literally and in my photo but for right now, it was a marvelous start to what I know will be a great adventure in this beautiful land, even if I don’t another...

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on Feb 19, 2014 in B&W Photography, Landscape Photography

Cowboys & Aliens, 310 to Yuma & More

What does Costner’s Wyatt Earp, City Slickers, 310 to Yuma and Cowboys & Aliens all have in common? They were all shot in part at Plaza Blanka. I’ve seen those white rock cliffs and often wondered if the location was only good for Hollywood. So finding that Plaza Blanca is not far from Santa Fe, we decided to see if we could find it and check it out for ourselves. Now, it is not easy to find unless you know the key, and that’s to find the pizzeria on 284 where you make the turn into the hills. The first day we went looking for it, we ended up in Taos which turned out great. But not wanting to fail, we looked for it the second day and had success finding it. We arrived at the cliffs a bit early for the light but just at the right time for B&W photography. What’s the difference? Well, the light was still a little on the hard side. That’s to say...

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on Feb 14, 2014 in B&W Photography, Simple Click

Hittin The Hwy!

Out cruisin with my Valentine this morning and the Df / 35AFS and came upon this cool work of art. The only thing on this that is from an actual motorcycle are the rims. Everything else are common household items to that make it look like a motorcycle. I just thought it was really cool looking. The image is right out of the camera other than running through OnOne Perfect B&W with a touch of its...

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on Feb 13, 2014 in B&W Photography, Gear Just Introed!

35f1.8 AFS – 1st Impressions – Oh Ya!

Yeap, B&H put the new 35f1.8AFS in my hands PDQ and I like! Sharp lens especially at f/1.8. Autofocusing – fast and responsive. Really sick MFD with outstanding corner to corner performance. Physically small and compact, slightly odd fitler size but for the price, it’s a screamer. First impressions … blows away my old 35f2! As far as these photos go, top one is looking north and the bottom one is driving 45 miles north and looking south on the same clouds. Finishing was a simple single click using Nik Silver Efex...

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