Archive for February 23rd, 2009



Southwest Sun

Southwest Sun

This is my last day in Albuquerque. I am heading home to a late winter snowstorm and all that comes with it, so…

One more sun and hot chile shot. Just a corner of a building glimpsed down a passage to small interior plaza off the main streets in Old Town, but the typical riot of New Mexico color and form. I especially like the flower head molded into the adobe. This is another sunset shot, the lower floor of this building was already in shadow, and the warmth of the light adds to the character of the image.

[Dan from Albuquerque tells this story about the flower shape, which is apparently a common Albuquerque decoration. It is made by repeatedly pressing a watermelon into the still wet adobe. This makes it an interesting visual pun, since the original Spanish immigrants to the area named the mountains that dominate the Albuquerque skyline “Sandia” (watermelon in Spanish) because the color of the range in the sunset reminded them of watermelon. Interesting! Thank you Dan for the story.]

Sony DSC H50 zoomed out to about 140mm for cropping. F4.0 @ 1/160th at ISO 100. Programed Auto.

In Lightroom, I added Clarity and Vibrance in the Presence panel, and used the Sharpen landscapes preset. I also, since this is really about color, pulled the black point up a bit and added just a tiny amount of saturation.

From Albuquerque.