I recently had the pleasure of working with a few of New Mexico’s best local artists. I met up with Model Chow and makeup artist, Jacqueline Chavez. We hung out, talked, and finalized our plans for the shoot while Jacqueline did her magic on Chow. Previously, Chow had met with jeweler Lauren Tobey of Meltdown Studio to grab a few pieces of her beautifully hand crafted jewelry for us to use in a desert photo shoot. When Jacqueline completed Chows’s makeup, we loaded up and took an hour and a half drive west of Albuquerque, NM to take in the desert skies, the views and maybe a bit of adventure.
Some friends and I made another trip into the amazing Bisti or De-Na-Zin badlands in Northwest New Mexico. We backpacked in and spend the first night exploring the area. We had planned on taking more photos the second night but that was cancelled due to a good rain that stopped in making the entire place really wet and muddy. I’ll go back again soon. Aside from that, I put together my first time lapse and included it below. Its OK, but I’ll need to revisit my process in making the time lapse and joining the scenes, etc.
The area that includes the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness was once a riverine delta that lay just to the west of the shore of an ancient sea, the Western Interior Seaway, which covered much of New Mexico 70 million years ago. The motion of water through and around the ancient river built up layers of sediment. Swamps and the occasional pond bordering the stream left behind large buildups of organic material, in the form of what became beds of lignite. At some point, a volcano deposited a large amount of ash, and the river moved the ash from its original locations. As the water slowly receded, prehistoric animals survived on the lush foliage that grew along the many riverbanks. When the water disappeared it left behind a 1,400-foot (430 m) layer of jumbled sandstone, mudstone, shale, and coal that lay undisturbed for fifty million years. Sandstone layers were deposited above the ash and remains of the delta. The ancient sedimentary deposits were uplifted with the rest of the Colorado Plateau, starting about 25 million years ago. Six thousand years ago the last ice age receded, and the waters of the melting glaciers helped expose fossils and petrified wood, and eroded the rock into the hoodoos now visible. Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisti/De-Na-Zin_Wilderness
The New Mexico State Fair has been around for about 76 years. For a good portion of those years its been held at the New Mexico State Fair grounds, now called Expo NM, in Albuquerque. There is so much to see and do, spending the day walking around taking it all in might not be enough. Some of the biggest attractions are the Midway Carnival, many exhibitors, food, arts, music, livestock and competitions. See http://exponm.com/ for more info.
Some friends and I made a quick trip to a box canyon near Socorro, New Mexico to just get out and take some photos. We originally wanted to go and grab some shots of the VLA but the telescopes were not out. 😦 – So instead we grabbed shots of the night sky and made some star trails.
At a country bed and breakfast set in New Mexico’s high desert among the Pinons and Junipers, they were married. I met Aaron Marie and Zak through a mutual friend years ago. Aaron has an infectious and fun personality. Zak is relaxed and welcoming and they fit together perfectly. When they asked me to photograph their wedding I was excited at the opportunity because Aaron Marie is an artist and I knew the entire event would be crafted and beautiful in every detail.
Some friends and I set out at 4am to trek down to the Bosque Del Apache, a national bird refuge located just south of Socorro in central New Mexico, to photo many of the fowl that stop by there throughout the year. Depending on what time of year you stop by, you might see light geese, cranes, ducks, Canada geese, hawks, eagles, roadrunners, herons, sparrows, grebes, coots, and many other variety of birds. Along with all the fowl, reptiles, frogs and other mammals, such as deer, and coyotes will appear from time to time. After the sunrise, many photos, and a drive around the refuge, it was on to Socorro, NM to grab Huevos Rancheros at The El Camino restaurant. More information about the refuge can be found here: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Bosque_del_Apache/
Myself and a few other photographers (Knate, Cody, Mitch and Mike L) backpacked about 3 miles into the Bisti to photograph the landscape, the night sky, petrified trees, and Dinosaur bones! Yes, Dinosaur bones.
The Bisti or De-Na-Zin badlands is a wilderness area located in San Juan County New Mexico. Its located about 30 miles south of Farmington, NM off State Highway 371. Visit Wikipedia and the BLM site to read more.