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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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Navajo Dam Sunset Rural Land Real Estate Drone Video in New Mexico

Navajo Dam Sunset Rural Land Real Estate Drone Video in New Mexico

Insect serenade while drone flying

On my fourth trip to Navajo Dam New Mexicojust this year, I was treated to both a great sunset for this rural land real estate drone video, but also a chorus of what sounded like marbles being clanked around in a bag! This cicada looking insect was out in mass singing away not caring I needed to concentrate on flying! At least the stuck to hiding on bush and tree branches and were no threat to the drone in the air!

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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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The Road - San Juan County New Mexico HDR Landscape Photography

The Road - San Juan County New Mexico HDR Landscape Photography

Find this Road in San Juan County New Mexico

On a recent rural land photography shoot in the Navajo Dam area, the road to the property was a beauty for driving: winding and sweeping between mesas with good pavement and sight lines. Even though I was just in my Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, that is designed to shine more offroad than on, it was still a great drive. I made this HDR landscape photo to show that New Mexico indeed has some great driving roads.

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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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Placitas New Mexico Drone Real Estate Photography & Video

Placitas New Mexico Drone Real Estate Photography & Video

All challenges in one real estate shoot & flight!

Almost every real estate photo and drone shoot in New Mexico has its challenges. And then sometimes a property has pretty much every challenge possible! That is the case with this home in Placitas, New Mexico being listed by Mark & Susan Ryerson. The first challenge as you can see from the above photo is that the front of the house is largely blocked by trees and it is up on a hill, so getting a direct front view shot was not really possible, not even with the drone. The interior had unique architecture, but somewhat small rooms with large furniture in them. Even using a 15mm lens I had to really search for angles I liked for the living room in particular. Then flying the drone itself, I never had a signal issue between the remote control and the drone until this flight, likely due to the massive power lines right behind the house, which also prevented flying from that direction. Then there was wind from being so close to the mountains and the aforementioned trees all around the house! Overall, this was one of the most challenging real estate shoots and drone flights I have ever done in the Albuquerque area. Thank you to Mark & Susan for their great help as they always provide on this shoot and flight!

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