Thursday, April 30, 2009
With that in mind, here are a few photos of our visit today. For those familiar with O'Keefe's paintings, a look at this landscape shows she was not exaggerating much at all.
I shot a roll of black and white with the Mamiya as well. I suppose that sounds odd in this day and age, but I think I'll get some neat images if they turn out.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I like this particular shot as the arch of the entryway matches the shape of the hills in the background.
These interesting stone arches were in the "back forty" of the Chimayo' church by the stream.
We took the "high road" to Taos and along the way went through Las Trampas where we found the San Jose' de Garcia Church (above). It was not as cluttered as Chimayo' and I was able to get a few nice shots.
Our last stop was the famous St. Francis of Assissi Church in Taos. I've always been enamored by its architectural shape and was very pleased to finally get to shoot it. I got so inspired I broke out the medium format camera and took some black and white images. Hopefully they will turn out.
Finally, I could not leave out one shot of a colorful New Mexico doorway and hanging chili peppers. This was one of the surrounding building to the St. Francis Church in Taos. These look like they've been there many years.
Tomorrow: Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch, the haunts of Georgia O'Keefe.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
But it was worth it.
Tina recently completed an oil painting based on this image. She will post it soon on her blog Skyshadowstudios.blogspot.com.
Friday, April 24, 2009
The stripes on the leading edge of the wings were for icing tests. The aircraft was also used as the weapons evaluation test bird. Once it's duties in the Combined Test Force (CTF) were complete the airplane was christened "Spirit of Indiana" and sent to the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, Missouri. Interestingly, AV-4 had two other names while at CTF: Fatal Attraction and Christine - after the haunted car in Stephen King's novel of the same name. Apparently it had a mind of its own.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
This shot was taken in 1997 during the U.S. Air Force's 50th anniversary airshow celebration at Nellis AFB near Las Vegas, NV. The Spirit of Nebraska (all B-2s have individual Spirit names) was on static display with the mountains and runways behind it. I noticed that if I pulled back instead of concentrating on getting close ups of the B-2 on the ground or of the aircraft flying by I could capture both in the same frame. I have several different aircraft passing over the Spirit of Nebraska, but this is one of the neatest: a Spirit over Nebraska.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Inspiration Point is spectacular in color, especially when weather crowds the valley with clouds and shadows. I caught this view on one visit and was quite pleased with it.
The drama of light is amazing. It is just as amazing, if not more so, in black and white. This was a different visit.
Both images took a bit of luck and several hours of waiting. Fortunately the clouds were properly majestic and the light magnificent. I like them both; but the black and white is special to me. It is my "Adams" moment. And while no one will forsake him for me, I can at least feel that I have felt the same rush he must have experienced when capturing for posterity that one grand, fleeting instance in this timeless place.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I shot the image above several years ago. It was the end of a long day with a lot of hazy, yucky weather coming down from Carmel along HWY 1. We reached this spot below Pacific Beach. It's near the last bend before getting to Gorda, where you can no longer see the multiple headlands looking North. Tina suggested we stop as she thought something interesting might develop. It did, producing one of the best sunset pictures I've managed to capture. Tina was so inspired by it that she's done two oil paintings based on this image. You can see them by visiting her blog at www.skyshadowstudios.blogspot.com. Yes, that is a shameless plug. But well worth the visit.