This past May Joanne and I along with our doggies took a road trip to Santa Fe. The reason for the road trip is that we have finally run out of Hatch Chili and needed replenish our supply. Yes, I know we could order it on line, but why when Santa Fe is so close (3 days driving but it took us almost 6 days). And, Santa Fe is home to some delicious Mexican cuisine, yum. One of my goals on this trip was to photograph the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, and the cathedral and plaza in Santa Fe at sunset. One other goal was to visit Chimayo, New Mexico, and photograph the old church late in the afternoon.
The main image is the cathedral in Santa Fe located just off the plaza behind the La Fonda Hotel. I selected this scene with the church light just coming on as I wanted the softer look in the blue hour rather than the harder look just at sunset or just after. The other consideration was the pedestrian traffic, everyone seems to depart when the sun is down. The second image is the more photogenic side of the plaza. In the background to the left is the Palace of the Governors, where the Native American jewelry sales are held during the day. The third image is Joanne and the doggies at the train station in Lamy, New Mexico. This is the Amtrac station for Santa Fe about a 20-30 minute drive from the plaza. The final image is the old church at Chimayo, New Mexico. Chimayo is called the Lourdes of North America because there is a belief that the dirt in the rear of the chapel has healing powers, both physical and spiritual. El Santuario de Chimayó is the full name and there is rather large pilgrimage development around the old chapel. Holy week is when the pilgrimages occur with some people walking all the way from the cathedral in Santa Fe to Chimayo, about 25-30 road miles north of Santa Fe.
Hey, this is my backyard! How nice to see someone coming along this path and do some shots of it. For some reason, I never took my camera to Santa Fe with exception for some shots at the VA cemetery. The blue hour of the Santa FE church is quite fitting and makes it even look better compared to day light. I hope you did the same at Chimayo as the contrast is a little bit to much on that image for my personal taste.
Driving 3 or 6 days to replenish your stocks for Hatch Chili makes total sense to me ;-)
jwmunro (2018/07/15 17:26:02): We made the one Chimayo stop. Granted the contrast is a touch strong but I think anything later might have been too dark to capture any detail. I guess I could have set up a couple of remote flashes for some addition light, but Joanne didn't want to stay too long after sunset as there were notices of persistent crime in the area.
I haven't yet been to Santa Fe, heard about it often and had planned to but always end up somewhere else for one reason or the others...anyway we'll make it there sooner or later....
At first glance, I thought it is in some European city. These are very good series, I think you timing is right one with the soft blue sky, not too dark yet and the church light is not too strong with contrast. I do wonder if you could have move more to the left to avoid the tree being right in front of the right tower of the bascilica? I like that you included lots of the blue sky.
I like the starburst on the second image and Joanne and the dogs, hopefully it was not too hot like it is here today, 105 degreee, doen't happen much here...and the sunset image of Chimayo is beautiful.
The church is a lovely blue hour image with nice balance and good light management, The shopping center is also a treat with the starlights and the long exposure making the cars disappear and Of course I love #3 with all three of your girls at the charming train station. The old church is in amazing shape, guess it's those pilgrimages. I suppose you have to walk the whole way for the dirt to heal. HLJ x4, Pat
& I did it again here!! Ugh!
Excellent mini-series John, and lovely to see your 3 girls together.
The main seems to have been timed just right. For a blue hour image there is an unusual gentleness about the lighting; both natural and artificial.