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To the Heavens

Inside the missions there was wonderful simplicity found in most of the features. Yes, there was some fine ornate detail. Yes, there was some beautiful craftsmanship. Yes, there were stained glass windows, sculptures, and more. But, and perhaps it was the light and the colors, it all had a much more humble feel to it.…

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Seductive Color

The colors of the Southwest are alluring and beautiful. Be it the landscape or doors and windows there is a vibrancy to the colors that draws your attention and keeps it. I love it. In Santa Fe I walked around looking for such colors. It was bitterly cold at 13 degrees at 8am but the…

Side of the Road

Running around New Mexico I found myself looking for things along the road that caught my eye. Personally, its pretty hard to pass any old rusted truck so, I stopped in Carrizozo at The Bike Shoppe to take some quick frames. The 12-40 lens is wicked sharp. Rusted Relic Olympus EM5II Zuiko 12-40 f2.8 lens…

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Quiet Peace

Inside the missions, no tripods allowed, was where the superb image stabilization of the EM5II really showed its stuff. I had good success and good “keepers” handholding shots like this at 1/15th of second. Pretty impressive. Given the slightly smaller sensor I was worried about a lot more noise shooting at higher ISO’s. Shooting at…

Don toothaker photo travel photography bosque del apache

The Light

My first stop for a few days was Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Here the main concentration was on photographing the many cranes, geese, ducks, and other birds that call the refuge home. But, it was/is impossible to not be captivated by the light that seems to dance across the land in the most…

A Journey

Last week I hit the road a bit more than usual and got the opportunity to experience more of beautiful New Mexico. The land, the light, and the culture possesses a loud, spiritual voice that is captivating. Once there, exploring, it is easy to understand what drew so many amazing artists to this special land…