Photography of: Santa Fe New Mexico, Urban Art, Graffiti, B&W and BIG COLOR. I'm a graphic designer, skier, motorcyclist, mountain-biker, grounds-keeper and always THE chief cook & bottle washer. (My 2 other sites: fotograffiti.zone and inlivingcolor.photos.)
I am enjoying exploring my color photographs in terms of ab animation, a kaleidoscope or as a mandala. And I look forward to interspersing these among the color stills which normally populate this website. I find the animations to be engaging, to say the least!
How many remember kaleidoscopes from the time when they were kids? Back then, a kaleidoscope was just a cardboard tube with a lot of colored plastic pieces inside. I was enthralled by it. Well, here is today’s digital version of it.I find these to be very relaxing.
I will be posting more of these for In Living Color. I’m working on a black and white series for inblackandwhite.photos too.
The light is pretty spectacular around here. And by the way, that’s me in the yellow…all yellow I might add. Even the skis ended up being yellow and NO I really didn’t plan for this. I guess I just keep getting attracted to the same color.
And that’s my pooch “Flicka” up there. I got her at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, almost two years ago. Wow, time flies. Mere words cannot describe how wonderful and bright and sweet she is. I tell everyone that she’s my eyes and ears. She hears the delivery guys just as they start to pull into the driveway, about 70 yards away.
The railroad picture is from nearby at a 19th century Train Depot which is right out of the Wild West. I like going there because it’s usually not busy, which is the understatement of the year. There’s an old restaurant and hotel across the street, also dating from the 19th Century, and also feeling like Wyatt Earp should be stepping out any minute.
These are photographs that were taken all around the Santa Fe, New Mexico area. That brightly colored photo called “The Shed” was taken in a small village called Madrid, about 20 miles outside of town. It’s a charming, rural place that motorcyclists love to visit. You can see their “rides” parked all over town and always in great number. I like to cruise out there on the Honda, take some photos and have a nice lunch. It’s also fun to check out other people’s “cycles”.
As it is in most places, when the sun starts to go down, the colors and tones begin to soften. At the same time, the contrast can increase. At other times it can be hazey as fires from the West blow across the state. It doesn’t last for long, but that atmosphere delivers a different kind of light. Overall, the results are softer colors. I love seeing that too.
It’s pretty drab-looking around here lately. Soon all the Christmas decorations will be coming down and things will get even more drab. I guess there’s a kind of subtle beauty to that, ok. But I still want some color. Sometimes I even know that I want a specific color. Kind of like saying, “I’m in the mood for Italian food tonight.” Except I’d say, I’m really in the mood for bright green today. Fine. It makes me odd. That’s not exactly a “News Flash” to anyone who knows me!
Ihope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year….or whatever you may be celebrating this time of year. I think we can all celebrate the END OF 2020! Have fun and whatever you do, I hope it’s fattening. My pies are in the oven as I write this.
I live out in a fairly wild place. And look who showed up this morning as I was washing the dishes. Talk about “going from the ridiculous to the sublime”! I keep one of those super-zoom cameras parked by the window for just such occasions. You don’t get the absolute best images, but I’ve enjoyed the extreme “reach” of these cameras.
This is a BIG bird. You can’t tell from here. But when he parks himself at the top of the Junipers, he takes up some real estate! Maybe he’s just all puffed up because it’s really cold out. This is why I live out here. I never cease to be stunned and inspired by who or what shows up, unannounced! Then they’re off. Goodbye. Do come back soon I say to them.
The sun was coming through these leaves this morning and it seemed like a great opportunity to try some Macro photography. I couldn’t get enough of this color. Maybe that is so because Winter is quite drab here—clothed in tones of brown and gray. The skies are still crystal clear and deep blue, but the land is soundly asleep. Maybe that’s just another reason why putting up Christmas lights is so popular. All that color is MOST welcome.
I used the Sony AR7II with the 50mm Macro lens. I think that’s a dynamic duo. I still have a long way to go, but I’m enjoying the journey. I hope you do too.
The photo of the wall with the tree right in the middle is the side of my house after a lovely snowfall. Traditional art-wisdom says “Never put anything in the dead center.” But there are times when that is exactly what works best. There are times, by the way, when choosing a symmetrical composition is therapeutic.Try it out for yourself. It can be quite comforting.
Well, I did say that this site is all about color for color’s sake. I am trying to hone my Macro photography skills. The camera I’m using, and the lens, are both wonderful. Let’s see if the operator (me) can measure up! Fun, but not easy.
I’ll be posting more quite soon because this subject is irresistable.
I don’t normally post images this often, but I’m so excited about this aspect (color!) of my two websites, that I couldn’t stop myself. So here we go. Enjoy your visit. Be safe everyone and have a nice drink of color.
Being able to post images in color, or even just to be able to think about color, has really expanded my photographic adventures. Now, when I bring my images home to review them in PhotoShop, it’s double the fun and discovery. It just seems like in these somewhat dreary times, color really hits the spot!
Some might refer to this as macro photography. I never know where to draw the line between “macro” and “close up”. Everything here is from my garden, except for that gorgeous bumpy pumpkin. I get my annual pumpkin-requirement from a local church. They give over their entire parking lot to pumpkins, literally hundreds of them, of all sizes, shapes and colors. Locals have given it the name of The Pumpkin Church.