hillsboro, new mexico. march 23rd. twenty sixteen.

So, finally putting something on the blog this year (2016). What can I say…well, nothing really, I just haven’t been shooting much and I hope to change that.

About a month ago, I went on a photo adventure with the Doña Ana Photography Club to Hillsboro, New Mexico. I wasn’t sure I was going to attend since my foot started bothering me that morning and I didn’t want to be walking around on it much; however, I decided to suck it up and go. About 10 other club members met up, piled into cars and headed out.

After about an hour of driving, we ended up in “Historic” Hillsboro, NM. The majority of our group decided to eat lunch first at the Hillsboro General Store; since Frank and I already ate, we grabbed our gear and started walking around.

I managed to find an antique store that had a TON of cameras…

I spent a good 30 mins talking to the owner and playing with old vintage cameras. I did good though…I only bought 3! (I wanted about 20…)

We walked around and snapped some photos for about an hour or so, then decided to take a little break. Frank wasn’t feeling 100% and by this time my foot was really bothering me, so we dropped off our gear and just grabbed our point-and-shoot cameras (smart move!). We “checked in” and found many had just finished lunch, so we continued to walk around and eventually met up with some of the others. After another couple of hours, Frank and I were pretty done and headed back to Las Cruces.

I sat on the images for a while, just didn’t feel motivated to really do any editing. Finally, while visiting my dad during spring break, I decided to see what – if anything – I captured; plus, it helped the time go by fast while he was at work. Played around with black and white more than ever before I think, it worked in some cases…others not so much.

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Images shot with Ricoh GR (23mm equivalent lens), Canon 5DMK2 and Canon 35 1.4L and Sigma 50mm f/1.4 “Art” lenses.

Edited with Adobe Lightroom CC and Adobe Photoshop CC.

i love my job. november 11th. twenty fifteen.

Early last month (October), a friend asked me to photograph an adoption event for an organization she is involved with. I was hesitant because I am not a fan of event photography; I dislike “posed” photos and that’s a lot of what event photography entails. She said it was for the Golden Retriever Rescue of El Paso, so of course I jumped at the opportunity. Now, without going through some huge back story, I have a long relationship with Golden Retrievers; my family raised Goldens, I grew up with them, and have always had Goldens until recently. I was told this was an event mainly celebrating all the Golden Retrievers they’ve helped place – meaning most of the dogs there already belonged to someone; I was kinda bummed…but it’s probably a good thing because I would have taken one (or five) home.

Once I learned more about the event, and the expected size, I got a few members from my photo club involved. Since these photos would be used to help promote their organization, I wanted to get them as many images as possible. Also, I knew I would probably be spending too much time playing with all the pups!

When I arrived, I was immediately tackled by three Goldens. I was happy. I spent about 3 hours walking around taking pictures of all these beautiful Goldens, and a lot of that time also playing with them. Here are some (a lot) of my favorites:

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It’s pretty safe to say I had a blast. I also learned trying to photograph playful animals can be difficult, but I definitely wasn’t complaining…

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Images shot with Canon 5DMK2 , Canon 35 1.4L and Tokina Fisheye 10-17 lenses.

Edited with Adobe Lightroom CC and Adobe Photoshop CC.

new camera. october 10th. twenty fifteen.

So, I got a new camera!…back in June…

Some of you know that I’ve been shopping around for a smaller camera system. I love my Canon, but I don’t always like lugging it around. It’s heavy and the lenses are heavy; it’s just too much to bring when I don’t even know if am going to shoot, but still want a camera for “just in case” moments. I find a camera I like, but then something new comes out, so I keep putting it off. This past summer I knew I would be traveling, so I wanted something small to carry around all the time. I like the Fuji X100(x), but couldn’t justify $1,300.00; I’ve used them before and REALLY want one – the controls are fantastic, the image quality is great and they are just fun to use. But again, the price. I wanted to get something quick; I was looking and came across the Ricoh GR. I’ve heard good things about it, watched a couple of reviews and all was mostly positive. When I saw it was on sale, I pulled the trigger. It’s a fixed lens (23mm equivalent), small and pocketable (smaller than the X100), and easy to use. It’s a perfect “walk around” camera with great image quality and a fixed lens, which is what I was looking for.

from bhphoto.com

from bhphoto.com

It easily slips in my pocket. It is easy to use. It shoots RAW (DNG).

The GR has served me well so far. Again, the key feature is the fact it’s so small. I always have it in my backpack (or pocket). It was great when I went to Santa Fe in June. It survived a fishing trip in July. And I’ve even done some product work with it. I really haven’t had any complaints so far. This won’t replace my Canon system, but it’s nice to have a camera that is small enough that I don’t think twice about taking it with me.

Here are a few images I’ve grabbed with the Ricoh GR:

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Images shot with Ricoh GR (23mm equivalent lens).

Edited with Adobe Lightroom CC and Adobe Photoshop CC.

model shoot. organ, new mexico. october 8th. twenty fifteen.

The theme “life gets in the way” seems to reoccur often in terms of my blogging abilities. But life really has gotten in the way, especially lately. Sure, I haven’t posted since January (that was only a couple of months ago, right?), but between finishing school and traveling, I just stopped posting. So, in short dear reader, get ready for an onslaught of blog posts in the next couple of days as I (once again) try to revive this…

A couple of months ago, 2 other photog friends got together for a model shoot. We decided to head out to Organ, New Mexico and utilize a dilapidated building just off the highway. Now, I am not a people photographer – unless they are laying on an operating table – so I went in with caution. In fact, I was just planning on sitting back and let Erik and Frank do the shooting; I would just assist, handle lighting, and get some behind-the-scenes shots. However, while holding the reflector, I started to “see” things. I saw the way the sun was coming in across the model as she sat in a busted out window frame. It was perfect. So I decided to get out of my comfort zone and started shooting away. Later, I had an idea for a shot, after Erik and I worked through a lot of tests, we finally got what I was looking for; it would have been perfect had it not been for a flash we forgot to relocate – this is the problem with only having the back of the camera to view images, you don’t see everything.

Here are a few of my images from the shoot in Organ:

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Images shot with Canon 5DMK2 and a couple of different lens.

Edited with Adobe Lightroom CC and Adobe Photoshop CC.

so, it’s been a while… january 30th. twenty fifteen.

So, it’s now 2015. Damn. I really let this blog go by the wayside, and I apologize to anyone who still reads/visits this. One of my “resolutions” for 2015 is to photograph more and share my images more – which includes blogging and printing (and hey, maybe even selling!). I am also considering revamping this blog and my website (both need it). More on that later.

On to the photos… I really haven’t been shooting much to be honest. Since my last post, I’ve only managed to get out and take “me” photos a handful of times. By “me” photos, I mean going out wondering, exploring, and basically taking photos of things I was interested in – versus taking photos I was being paid to take (which happened too, thankfully). I snapped some photos at a couple of local events in Las Cruces, during a fishing trip in Northern New Mexico, and during a recent snow storm in Las Cruces. Many of these have been posted on facebook, but some haven’t; I really want to work on posting here more.

So, here are some of my favorite photos from the past few months, and some I just got a little carried away with in Lightroom:

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Images shot with a variety of cameras and lenses.

Editing with Adobe Lightroom 5.7

what have I been up to… july 8th. twenty fourteen.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. A LONG while. Work (teaching) and school took up a lot of my time (since my last post), leaving little for photography adventures. Sure, I had some contract work to fulfill off and on, but I really didn’t get behind the camera that much.

Honestly, it was nice taking a break. All too often, I find myself worrying about “capturing moments” rather than enjoying the moment. I went on a fishing trip in June and only took one photo, the rest of the time I just fished and enjoyed the time with my father and the beauty of Northern New Mexico.

I am back in South Texas enjoying my “Summer Break” with my dad and the girlfriend. Haven’t taken many photos, but I’m getting some ideas and will soon get back behind the camera.

Until then, here are some photos from my last couple of adventures in New Mexico; the last is the ONLY photo I took during my fishing trip. Enjoy.

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Images shot with Canon 5DMK2 and a variety of lenses.

Edited with Adobe Lightroom 5.5.

shootin’ the bird. march 17th, twenty fourteen.

When I first moved to Las Cruces a couple of years ago, I heard about a giant roadrunner sculpture; I asked around a bit and got several stories. Finally, a quick Google search gave me a better understanding of what the roadrunner is… It’s an educational piece created by artist Olin Calk and it’s made entirely out of recycled materials (to help educate about recycling…in case you didn’t make that connection).

Some of what I read said the bird was once a “welcome sign” for Las Cruces, but it’s since moved around and slowly deteriorated (it is made out of trash after all…). Since I never got a straight answer as to where the bird is, or if it still existed, I gave up my search.

One day while wondering the Farmer’s Market, I saw a picture of the roadrunner…my curiosity was again piqued and I asked the gentleman about the photo. In an apparent attempt to sell me the photo, he gave this long story of the bird and why it’s moved so many times – of note: this was again a completely different story from anything else I have heard – I asked where I could find the roadrunner and he gave me directions to the artist’s home (curiosity again rose since he failed to mention whether the sculpture was there or not). 

Fast forward to February 2014, when the lady came for a visit, we’re driving around wondering what to do. It hit me. I pulled out of my phone and she got the directions (I started to do this myself, but she yelled and took the phone).

It was pretty easy to find…I mean there is a giant roadrunner in the guy’s front yard after all…We stopped, got the meet Olin and finally get the true story (or at least his version of it); after chatting with the artist for a bit, we set off to photograph the infamous roadrunner – 

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Images shot with Canon 5DMK2, Canon 35 1.4L lens.

Edited with Adobe Lightroom 5.3.