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on Dec 18, 2019 in Landscape Photography

New Mexico Sunrises

Bosque del Apache
captured by Z6 / Z14-30

New Mexico skies are so very unique! The colors they produce at sunrise and sunset are never the same with the most subtle shades of orange and red. The combination of wind and dust scatters the light and with the slightest degree of cloud wisp, the skies come to life like nowhere else. The challenge often though is turning a blind eye to all the cranes and geese and other birds to actually work the heavens. This morning, we lucked out as the birds were “late” giving us a few moments to find a great place to take in the sunrise show.

Bosque del Apache
captured by Z6 / Z14-30

The challenge for me was deciding where the photograph I was feeling resided in the viewfinder. Looking south (I think my favorite view) the graphics of the two clouds really caught my imagination. The view north, I really like the shoreline and the clouds. Both of those views were taken at 30mm (I was shooting Z6 / Z14-30) and when I went to 14mm, you see from south to north. They all looked sweet which is why you see them all here. But in the final analyses, I like the graphic nature of the southern view the best. Many ask how I “expose” for these shots. In this case, my WB was set to 9k and I had dialed in -1 exp comp at f/4. Bosque has may rewards for those who travel there, the sunrises and sunsets are just one of them!

Bosque del Apache
captured by Z6 / Z14-30

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