The guardians of Tent Rocks

Tent Rocks is an awesome place to visit if you find yourself near Santa Fe, NM (or Albuquerque...it’s sorta in-between them both).  It starts as an easy, flat hike but before too long you pass through a slot canyon and start climbing.  It’s not like you are scaling Everest, but it’s a good hike.  Wear comfortable shoes, and bring a camera.

It’s a great place for photography.  These cone-shaped rocks are the star attraction, and they are well worth a visit.  There are quite a few of them.  I shot from below them, in front of them, and above them.  In other words, I still have a lot of photos to process from that trip! 

View from the mesa

One more post and run - grabbed this shot after hiking to the top of the mesa at Tent Rocks outside of Santa Fe, NM. It was an excellent hike, and well worth it to get a commanding view of the area!

Technicals: 7 exposure HDR, f/13, 28-300mm zoom lens (at 105mm)

Software: Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Aperture

The slot canyon at Tent Rocks

I was just taken by the beauty at Tent Rocks.  The landscapes were unlike anything I had ever seen, and I could literally have spent hours there, taking a photo about every 2 steps.  This is the slot canyon that you walk through towards the beginning of the hike.  It was pretty incredible, and the light was just right!  When you are 10 minutes into a hike and are already getting stuff like this, it's easy to get fired up!

Technicals: Nikon D700, 7 exposures, f/13, 28-300mm zoom lens (at 28mm)

Software: Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Aperture

A path at Tent Rocks

Quick post and run today - this is one of many images I captured while hiking/wandering/photographing Tent Rocks outside of Santa Fe. The landscapes there are amazing, interesting, unique - lots of adjectives I could use for them! Bottom line - well worth a visit! Bring the camera!

The grand vista of Tent Rocks

Day 2 of Santa Fe week: The Grand Vista of Tent Rocks!

Tent Rocks is an amazing place.  It's less than an hour away from Santa Fe, but well worth the drive.  It's almost like being on another planet.  The landscapes are incredible and the Tent Rocks themselves are so interesting.  They are these cone-shaped rocks you see in the foreground.  I had hiked up to the top of the mesa - a little bit of work, but well worth it - in hopes of getting a great view of these strange and interesting rock formations.  I have so many shots from the mesa top - it's actually a long and winding ridge up there - but wanted to start with this one, since it gives a good POV on these formations.

Here's another one, this one in landscape orientation instead of portrait, but from about the same spot.

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