Nature & Wildlife

Twisted Black & White New Mexico True Landscape Photo

Twisted Black & White New Mexico True Landscape Photo

Thoughts through black & white

The surreal black & white HDR landscape photograph you see above is not at all what the client that sent me out to that location needs to sell the land. However, the twisted tree, the ominous clouds, and the fact the tree wa growing out of solid rock really caught my eye. So I paused for a moment to make a photograph for myself that interested me. I share it with you now to give you a moment of interest to look at it and find something in it that makes you feel. Tell me about it in the comments below.

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Edgewood New Mexico Rural Land Real Estate cactus sunset

Edgewood New Mexico Rural Land Real Estate cactus sunset

Cactus foreground for sunset in Edgewood

It had been a while since I was in Edgewood, New Mexico for a rural land real estate shoot until making a return this week to photograph adjacent lots that were covered in vegetation. I am always glad to see a piece of rural land real estate have a lot of cactus, shrubs, and flora in general as this at least gives me some foreground subject matter to include in my signature HDR sunset shots. An added bonus was this land sitting in small valley with hills nearby to added more visual interest to these landscape shots. When photographing land for clients I do not just include wide open landscape shots. Using either my 70-200mm f/2.8 or 90mm f/2.8 macro lenses I like to get some closeups of the vegetation or flowers if there are any. So when a customer is browsing the gallery she/he gets the macro and micro views of the property.

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Navajo Dam Lake HDR Sunset Landscape Photography New Mexico True

Navajo Dam Lake HDR Sunset Landscape Photography New Mexico True

Always stop to get the sunset at Navajo Dam Lake

I have now been to Navajo Dam more times than any other place in New Mexico for my rural land photography and drone video work, that is an overnight drive away from Albuquerque. In the first 6 months of 2019, I have been there 4 times already! At the end of my most recent trip, due to the land of the property being behind a hill and thus sunset coming earlier to it, I was able to leave the property in time to my surprise with the actual sunset still visible some 10 minutes down the road where you can see a large expanse of Navajo Dam Lake and the marina itself too. A real photographer never passes by a chance to stop and make a photo, so even thought I was tired, and all my photo gear and tripod were well put away, I got my Nikon out and hustled to the road’s edge to make theses New Mexico True photos to share with you.

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Timberon Sunburst Tree Top Landscape Photos

Timberon Sunburst Tree Top Landscape Photos

Getting titled for lens flare in Timberon tree tops

My third return to the very remote New Mexico town of Timberon was for shooting rural land real estate once again, but this time 12 properties in done day! This meant not being there my usual 90-minutes before sunset as that would not leave nearly enough time. Which in turn means no signature sunset HDR photos of the properties. Add to the fact that nearly all of these properties were nearly all covered in very tall pine trees. There was not only no sunset, but also no horizon to even see. What was my solution for getting creative shots? Tilt the lens upward and embrace the lens flare and sunburst effect from having an ultra wide 15mm lens looking right at the sun. What do you think of this style of photo and the unique effect of shooting tilted up at the sun?

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Lightning Across a Pink Florida Sky

Lightning Across a Pink Florida Sky

Pink Lightning over Florida

With all the storms across the midwest, it made me recall the storms that would strike Florida, some of which allowed me to still take my camera out and capture how they transform the sky into, in this case, a palette of electric pink. This is the view along the seawall of the apartment complex I lived at in St. Petersburg, Florida. On calm days manatees and dolphins could be seen from this spot, but this evening a powerful and beautiful thunderstorm dominated the horizon.

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Bright Sun Rio Rancho Desert Sunset New Mexico True Skies

Bright Sun Rio Rancho Desert Sunset New Mexico True Skies

Have rabbits and cactus for neighbors

If you love any of these New Mexico True views, you can either get a fine art print for your home or office, or actually own the land by contacting Hemingway Land Company. Rural northwest Rio Rancho is a different world, just about 30 minutes from Albuquerque proper. Your neighbors are cactus, jack rabbits, beetles, and birds!

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Goosenecks State Park Utah HDR Photography

Goosenecks State Park Utah HDR Photography

Goosenecks is beautiful but not so famous

From a summer western trip, I present in these photos the less famous bendy river canyon wonder of the southwest, Goosenecks State Park in southern Utah. The size and scope of this natural feature is tremendous, yet it is not apparent at all until you walk to the very edge of it. There is a tiny cabin booth to collect your entry fee, then that’s it. You walk yourself to the edge and behold the expanse of Goosenecks on your own. What must have it been like 200 years ago to be riding your horse and all of a sudden this is in front of you?

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