Archive for February 20th, 2009





One of the things that made my color shopping trip to Old Town Albuquerque so satisfying was the light. Late afternoon. High elevation. As uniquely southwestern as the chili restras and the turquoise trim.

The spire of the church in Old Town in that light was a spectacular sight against the high New Mexico sky. In this shot I used medium tel on the zoom to frame the spire against the clouds. The small cross at the bottom right anchors the image and somehow emphasizes the soar of the spire. The bold, sharp angles in the low light contrast with the softness of the cloud behind, and the stark white of the spire is only set off more by the off-white/gray cumulus. Lots of dimension in this shot.

Sony DSC H50 at 250mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/250th @ ISO 100. Programed Auto.

In Lightroom I used some Recovery to pull the whites back and reveal texture in the clouds. Vibrance and Clarity in the Presence panel, and a touch of added saturation for the sky. Sharpen landscape preset.

From Albuquerque.