sunset photography

Ramah New Mexico Rural Land Real Estate Stunning Sunset HDR Photography

Ramah New Mexico Rural Land Real Estate Stunning Sunset HDR Photography

Golden Abandoned Corral of the High Desert

As soon as I saw the above old corral, I knew what shot I wanted to make once the sun went down a little more. I was out on a rural land photography shoot, very, very far off the beaten path, some 16 miles down dirt road, in an already remote area to begin with near Ramah, New Mexico. I like to wonder when I come across these abandoned things far from anyone things like, “when was this last actually used?” What do you think when you look at these photos? Let me know in the comments below. If you would like to have this view every day, prints on canvas, metal, or framed are available to bring the remote high desert to your home.

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Agave Desert Sunset New Mexico Fine Art Photography

Agave Desert Sunset New Mexico Fine Art Photography

Landscape enemy saved by agave!

A third trip in 6 weeks to Valencia County, New Mexico where I met the enemy of the landscape photographer, i.e. a cloudless sky. However, these agave plants volunteered to be in the foreground of my photo to add some visual flair to what otherwise would have been a mediocre HDR sunset photo. Want to look at this view at your home? Use the buttons below to get a fine art print. Want to own this view and build a house on this land? Check out Hemingway Land Company.

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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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Sandia Mountains Picnic Area Sunset View New Mexico True

Sandia Mountains Picnic Area Sunset View New Mexico True

Sunset View from the North Sandias

Looking for a destination to end a drive at while scouring Google Maps, I saw Juan Tabo Picnic Site nestled in the norhern end of the Sandia Mountains and thought, let’s try this. I assumed it would have a nice view, and it did, though not as sweeping or panoramic as I thought. Hustling to get my tripod out and my camera mounted on it, I got the last peak of the sun over the foothills to the west. I liked having the boulders for the foreground, rather than just a distant shot of the horizon and sky. Once off of Tramway, the road to this spot would be a good driver’s road, if it were a closed road. The tight twists require the speed limit to be 25mph and then 15mph and the narrow road allows for no spirited driving with other cars and bicycles sharing the road. Still, it is a good spot to end and catch the sunset, even if slowly.

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New Mexico Car Photographer - dusty Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

New Mexico Car Photographer - dusty Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

Changing Desert Road Jeep Adventures

On a recent rural land real estate photo trip to Las Cruces I returned to an area I was in just six weeks earlier. Reaching that rural land property was some of the hardest offroad driving I have had to do in New Mexico. Checking the maps I knew the recent property would require the exact same troublesome washed out, dirt road. However, the desert is an ever changing landscape and this time the road was totally different. Gone were the washed out foot wide gaps, filled in by a chalky sand. This became its own hazard as the chalky sand was inches deep and I had to switch to “sand” traction mode to get through the deeper sections!

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Silver City Rural Land Real Estate Drone Video Sunset

Silver City Rural Land Real Estate Drone Video Sunset

Golden Sunset in Silver City

Just outside of Silver City, New Mexico sits this expansive rural land real estate property that I was sent to make a 4K drone video of, as well as aerial and still photos for Hemingway Land. This was one of the easiest rural land properties to access by vehicle, but one of the hardest to traverse by foot due to abundance of tall grass and the rolling topography of the property. I did so much up and down walking that it closed the exercise ring on my Apple Watch! This drone video ends with one of my favorite sunset shots of its kind. The light was soft and I slowly flew to the right just letting the setting sun linger in the frame.

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Cloudcroft New Mexico Fine Art Photography Sunset

Cloudcroft New Mexico Fine Art Photography Sunset

See a photo, stop and make the photo

It was a long day at this point when I was driving up a twisting and rising mountain road from Timberon, New Mexico back up to Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Earlier that morning I had made the 3.5 drive from Albuquerque to Cloudcroft. Checked in to the same B&B I stayed at last time I was in Cloudcroft (the excellent Crofting Inn). Made the hour drive down to TImberon and then spent 2.5 hours outside making photographs and flying my drone over a rural land real estate property.

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