New Mexico

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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Boating on Navajo Dam Lake Drone Video New Mexico

Boating on Navajo Dam Lake Drone Video New Mexico

On the lake in a boat with a drone

Navajo Dam Lake is probably my favorite area of New Mexico. This is my third trip to the area just this year and fifth overall. I have seen it in all seasons now. This trip was quite different however. I still went up to photograph and fly over a rural land real estate property. However, there was extra time and Jessica’s parents were on their way back from Monument Valley so we all met up at Abe’s Motel & Fly Shop (home of the best French toast in New Mexico) then rented a boat at the marina right on Navajo Dam Lake. I brought my drone with me out onto the boat and quickly realized flying from the actual moving object you are recording is quite a challenge! I would let the drone hover so I can frame the shot, but the boat kept moving, so you see me in the above video often looking at the control screen to make sure I am keeping the boat in frame and at the same time actually try and make the video a bit cinematic, even though this was just a fun video for family memories.

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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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Alien Storefronts of Roswell New Mexico

Alien Storefronts of Roswell New Mexico

Aliens sell in Roswell

A recent rural land photography & drone video trip took me southeast to Roswell, New Mexico. The photos of the land due to its setting and lack of topographical features were not spectacular. However, the photos I made of downtown Roswell, also for the same client to help sell the land, are much more interesting. As you get further and further into the heart of Roswell, the more and more aliens and extraterrestrials start to adorn businesses. Such alien themes are not restricted to local, independent business. Take a look below and see a huge alien holding up a Dunkin Donuts sign!

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Lover's Leap Canyon in Rockhound State Park of Spring Canyon

Lover's Leap Canyon in Rockhound State Park of Spring Canyon

Lover’s Leap is Steep

Traveling all over the state of New Mexico for rural land photography work allows me to explore some off the beaten path places in between shoots. The latest was Spring Canyon State Park, which is really part of Rockhound State Park, and this particular canyon is Lover’s Leap Canyon. That’s complicated! All without mentioning these parks are made up of the Florida Mountains! The trail up Lover’s Leap Canyon is allegedly only 0.9 miles, but it takes over 30 minutes due to how steep and rocky it is. The view just keeps getting better and better as the trail gets higher. Once at the top, take off your backpack, get out a snack, and enjoy the fruit of one’s hiking labors! This is another hidden gem in New Mexico.

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20,000 Miles in Year one with the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

20,000 Miles in Year one with the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

1-year Jeep Anniversary

I have now had my Jeep Renegade Trailhawk for one year. It has become as integral a part of my photography business as anything in my camera bag. I put almost exactly 20,000 miles on it in that year’s time! I regularly travel to all corners of New Mexico for photography work, often with the last few miles of each of those trips being off road. Switching from a compact sedan to a Jeep has allowed me to do more photo work without having to rush to get a rental vehicle back so when I am at these remote places, I can add on a visit to places like City of Rocks. In this past year the Jeep has also taken me through Monument Valley, Durango, Colorado, Phoenix, Arizona, and more! No matter where I have driven it, and what I have driven it over and through, the Renegade has not let me down!

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Bisti Badlands New Mexico True Landscape HDR Photography

Bisti Badlands New Mexico True Landscape HDR Photography

Bisti Badlands for New Mexico True Explorers

Truly in the middle of nowhere New Mexico, but it has to be somewhere, so it is in the northwest of the state, Bisti Badlands hides itself to all but those willing to leave behind civilization to set foot on it. No amenities, no paths, Bisti Badlands just exists. If you have the vehicle and the desert exploring skills to get into it, the rewards can be seen in the photos below. The rock formations in both macro and micro view are equally odd.

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