rural New Mexico real estate

Alamogordo Sunset Rural Land Real Estate Photography with the Sony a7R IV

Alamogordo Sunset Rural Land Real Estate Photography with the Sony a7R IV

First time out in the desert with the Sony a7R IV

My first rural land real estate shoot with the new Sony a7R IV mirrorless camera took me all the way down to Alamogordo, New Mexico. I was nervous about using this new camera along with the new Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 ART lens, so luckily the weather cooperated and the skies were great for the sunset shots in particular. How different is it shooting with the Sony mirrorless camera compared to my Nikon DSLR camera? A lot actually. It is hard to tell the exposure just by looking at the photo on the back of the Sony camera. However, with its EVF (electronic viewfinder) I can just look at the photo right in the viewfinder like using a mini monitor in totally protected viewing conditions. That took some getting used to! The Sony camera and Sigma lens are significantly smaller than my Nikon DSLR and huge Tamron lens I have used for the past 2 years. So I appreciate having lighter weight and a smaller system in general to carry around the open desert.

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Rio Arriba County New Mexico Dramatic Clouds over Sierra Negra with Drone Video

Rio Arriba County New Mexico Dramatic Clouds over Sierra Negra with Drone Video

Dramatic views of Sierra Negra mountain

This was a return for me to both Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, and also Sierra Negra mountain. I was first in this area over 18 months ago and made one of my favorite landscape photos of New Mexico, so much so I had a print made and it is hanging on the wall in the dining room. The skies were of a different level of drama this time featuring bold clouds, and therefore made the mountain look totally different. Also, I have drone video this time featuring the mountain in the background.

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Valencia County NM Rural Land Real Estate Drone Video with Train!

Valencia County NM Rural Land Real Estate Drone Video with Train!

Train rolls into the sunset shot

I was back in nearly the exact same area of Valencia County, New Mexico as I was two weeks ago on another rural land real estate shoot and drone flight. Last time I shared these stunning sunset photos, this time it’s a drone video I made of the property. In another coincidence, when I had my drone up in Valencia County last time when I was just out on a drive, a train rolled by and I ended up making a drone video of it. This time another train rolled into frame just as I was setting up to get the final sunset shot. Just another happy coincidence!

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Stunning Las Cruces New Mexico Sunset 4K Drone Video & Aerial Photos

Stunning Las Cruces New Mexico Sunset 4K Drone Video & Aerial Photos

Beautiful Isolated Las Cruces Desert

Out on assignment for Hemingway Land in Las Cruces, New Mexico, miles of dirt road took me to an isolated, but beautiful rural desert real estate property with great views of the Organ Mountains. In fact mountains highlighted the views to the west and the north as well. I was actually right in this same remote section of desert in May for another even harder to reach property. I was relieved to discover the washed out road with deep ruts was now mostly filled in with chalky dirt that covered myself and my Jeep nearly entirely. I had to be extra careful to keep my cameras and my drone clean!

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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 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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Artesia New Mexico Rural Land Real Estate 4K Drone Video

Artesia New Mexico Rural Land Real Estate 4K Drone Video

Artesia for the first time

It is rare I get to go to a new place in New Mexico already haven criss-crossed the state dozens of times in just over 2 years for the rural land real estate photography and drone video work I do. So it was very welcome to make my way to Artesia, New Mexico for my latest shoot. I drove east out of Cloudcroft down a beautiful country road through tall timber along a canyon for miles. This is very unusual scenery for southern New Mexico which is mostly empty desert.

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