Carlsbad Stalagmite

On September 14, 2017, in New Mexico, by admin
Carlsbad Stalagmite

Carlsbad Stalagmite (click to enlarge)

I kinda missed on this image at Carlsbad Caverns.  It was pretty dark in the caverns and the autofocus on my camera was really struggling.  I switched to manual focus and live view and attempted to focus the camera myself.  Well, one gets old, one breaks their glasses, it is dark, and one just misses that point of tack sharp focusing… I wonder how the rangers and other tourists would have felt had I pulled out my flashlight and lit up the stalagmite to assist the camera’s autofocus?  Maybe next time.

I like the composition of this image, and the stalactites on the ceiling make an interesting background for the foreground stalagmite.  I think this would have been a very good image had the stalagmite been in focus.

You are allowed to bring tripods into Carlsbad Caverns, except if you are taking one of the ranger led tours.  That tour goes deeper into the cavern and requires the use of handholds and ladders.

One tip is to not take the walking trail into the cavern.  There is almost nothing of interest on the way down, and you are just wasting valuable photography time.  Take the elevator down and thank me later!

Carlsbad Caverns: N32 10 38.97 W104 26 34.32

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Golden West Flour, Clovis NM

On September 10, 2017, in New Mexico, by admin
Golden West Flour

Golden West Flour (click to enlarge)

Okay, I just know there is a great photography artwork project based on the silos spread around New Mexico.  Even faded, these logos have great color and lots of texture.  Unfortunately, I did not stop at very many of them.  I guess I will have to add this to my long list of other projects.

While processing this image I could not decide if I should use Photoshops Perspective crop to flatten the logo and make it more rectangular.  I think I like it as is, it kind of adds some depth and your mind is actually thinking silo when you know what it is.

Golden West Flour: N34 23 53.85 W103 11 59.19

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New Mexico License Plates

On September 9, 2017, in New Mexico, by admin
New Mexico License Plates

New Mexico License Plates (click to enlarge)

This image comes courtesy of the Billy the Kid Museum in Fort Sumner, NM.  There is not much Billy the Kid in the museum, but there is one heck of a lot of “relics” as the website says.  I did not have a lot of time, so I rushed through the building.  Be sure to take your tripod as it is pretty dim inside the building and long exposures will be required.

I took a few handheld shots of this one section of the wall.  Who can resist colorful license plates?  Surely not I!

Billy the Kid Museum: N34 27 58.43 W104 13 45.92

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