Shiprock in the New Mexico Desert Drone Video & Aerial Photos

Shiprock in the New Mexico Desert Drone Video & Aerial Photos

All my brief time in New Mexico I heard of something called, Shiprock.  I heard many things about it.   "It is a spiritual place."  "It is very hard to drive to."  "You have to go there."  I can now say all of those statements are true.  After several wrong turns, accompanied by Jessica, our dogs, and two friends visiting from Florida, I pointed my Jeep Renegade Trailhawk down the correct dirt road and rolled slowly toward this towering rock formation that the day before was visible from 30+ miles away in Arizona.  Twilight was already arriving as we arrived.  The rain held off and provided dramatic clouds for the background of the photographs I took from the surface with my Nikon, and the drone photos and video I took from the air.

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Wild Horses of Monument Valley Utah Photography

Wild Horses of Monument Valley Utah Photography

Wild Horses of Monument Valley

I spent a bookend of twilight and dawn in Monument Valley in Utah.  During the dawn, I met these wild horses, some of whom were just standing staring listlessly with their ribs and hip joints jutting out.  Others equally as bony grazed on thorny brush.  They seemed to not care about my presence, maybe too hungry?  After the horse above had finished munching on that bush, I went and touched it and it hurt my hand even with a gentle touch.  How that horse could chew on and eat it is beyond me.  Even though it was sad to see them so skinny, it was still special to share the quiet dawn in Monument Valley with them, unexpected friends.

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Bernalillo Residential Real Estate Photography New Mexico

Bernalillo Residential Real Estate Photography New Mexico

Real Estate Photography in Bernalillo, New Mexico

Back on a real estate photography assignment for Susan and Mark Ryerson in Bernalillo, New Mexico, I got to enjoy the Sandia Mountain view the next owner will get to on a daily basis!  I can really appreciate a good view and a nice backyard as well.  This was a nice straight forward real estate shoot, with the only obstacle being a sleeping cat on one bed, but I told Susan to just market that room as a good place to take a cat nap!

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Sneak Preview of One Of Many Project

Sneak Preview of One Of Many Project

 A very special photoshoot for We Rise & One Of Many

A recent Saturday was spent photographing ten women here at the JCP Home Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico for an upcoming social awareness fundraising event on October 5, 2018 at the KD Neeley Gallery.  The organization is called We Rise and this particular photo shoot was for a photo exhibition called One Of Many.  Find out more information on the Facebook event page.  This is a sneak preview with one of the women from that day.  Between now and the event I will be posting more sneak previews.  The theme of the photo shoot was to focus tightly on the eyes, which were done by a make-up artist.  I used my brand new Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro SP lens to capture the emotion in the eye and the detail in the make-up along with a clamshell / beauty dish lighting setup.

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Hummingbird shares a flower

Hummingbird shares a flower

Hummingbird in Cloudcroft, New Mexico

While I was in Cloudcroft, New Mexico on a rural land photography assignment, I took notice of these very unusual flowers that I thought looked like rocket popsicles that a hummingbird was having breakfast at.  I had my excellent new Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro SP lens on my Nikon D750.  There was no way to track this fast moving bird through the air.  How to get this shot then?  Pre-focus on a flower you hope the hummingbird will land on, and wait.  I studied the bird's flying patterns a bit, noticing it kept coming back to this particular flower.  I approached slowly, very slowly, and then froze waiting for the hummingbird to return.  The focus point is not perfect, and I wish the hummingbird had chosen a prettier flower to drink nectar from, but I like the bokeh enough to share this photo with you.

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Edgewood New Mexico Sunset Fine Art Photo & Drone Video

Edgewood New Mexico Sunset Fine Art Photo & Drone Video

Trying to find the sunset in Edgewood, New Mexico

Out on a rural land photography assignment in Edgewood, New Mexico, I was warned by the land broker that access to this 5-acre property might be challenging.  It certainly was!  Barbed wire and gates blocked the first few access road, and the last, "legal access" point was down an eroded incline even too extreme for my Jeep Renegade Trailhawk!  I had to park at the top of the incline, then carry about 40 pounds of photographer gear, drone gear and my tripod for about a third of a mile first down that incline then up a rocky ridge.

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BMW M3 E46 Track Package Santa Fe Car Photography

BMW M3 E46 Track Package Santa Fe Car Photography

A Modern Classic, and a Future Classic in One

There was a time just a few years ago I was quite taken with the BMW M3 E46.  It is a hardcore sports car that can be had on the used market for the price of a regular new car, but maybe just for now as it will only start to go up in value for low-mileage examples like the one pictured here. The original owner is selling it via bringatrailer.com so I traveled up to Santa Fe, New Mexico to photograph it for him.

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