A gate in Santa Fe

I figured I was WAY overdue for a Santa Fe shot!

Due to my recent travels, a lot of my recent photos have been of Europe (darn!), especially Dublin and Glasgow.  And while I love those places (and still have a million shots to share from there), I also have another million from a bunch of other places still to share.

Take Santa Fe for example.  I am not looking at my library right now, but I would guess I have a few thousand photos in total from Santa Fe and the area around it.  We have vacationed there a few times over the years and really enjoy it.  There's just a lot of beautiful stuff to see there.  It's quite a photogenic town.


One part of Santa Fe that I particularly love to photograph is around Canyon Road, which is their "artist's road".  Basically, it's a street that completely filled with art galleries.  And while that can be fun and interesting at times, I can only do that sort of stuff in small doses.  I get overloaded with art and it all runs together.

But, if I am there with the camera, well then it's all different, isn't it?  ;-)

One thing I like to do there is to wander some of the other streets that are just off of Canyon Road.  There are some incredible homes in the area, and if you are a fan of adobe and Southwest architecture, it's a great place to wander with the camera.  I found this gate while doing just that!


As I mentioned in a recent post, it’s important to seek out the little things, even when you are shooting the big things.  I love to be standing with an immense, incredible landscape before me, ready for the clicking to start.  But I find that I am just as satisfied when I capture the smaller scenes, the off-the-beaten-path finds, the forgotten this-and-that stuff that is so easily overlooked.

So in that spirit, I offer up this little-slice-of-life shot of a hotel suite entry in Santa Fe, NM.  If you have never been to Santa Fe, plan a trip and be ready to be inspired.  It’s a mecca for the arts and as a photographer it gives you so much to point that little device of yours at (and by device, I am referring to anything from an iPhone to a DSLR). 

It really is an incredible place.  I am happy that I will be returning there soon.  So for anyone reading this...that means more Santa Fe stuff coming in the near future!

And Happy Valentine's Day!

San Miguel Mission

I used to not be a fan of adobe.  I thought it was boring and it felt too "southwest" to me, if that makes sense.  But, now that I have had several trips to Santa Fe, NM I find that my opinion of adobe structures is much higher.  They possess their own sort of beauty and are great to photograph.

This is the San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe, which is just a short stroll from the Plaza, which is their town square.  In all my previous visits, I had never come across this place.  So on my visit last summer, I found it on the map and headed out to photograph it.  Conveniently, it was only 2-3 minutes from my hotel.  That's nice when you are hauling 15 lbs of gear!

Usually I am not too keen on firing shots in the middle of a summer afternoon, since the light can be so harsh.  But out in New Mexico, there are usually beautiful skies and the clouds are just awesome, so I went for it.  :-)

By the way, this is known as the oldest church in the US, as it was built between 1610 and 1626.  Cool huh?

A gate on Canyon Road

I love Santa Fe, folks.  It's a wonderful little town, and having just gotten back from a family trip there, I think I will dedicate this week to Santa Fe - yep, it will be Santa Fe Week here on Nomadic Pursuits - hope you don't mind!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I returned with ~1800 shots to process, and no I am not anywhere near being done with them - but I got a few done and though I am clearly a little biased, I got some real winners!

So, without further ado, here is Day 1 of Santa Fe Week on Nomadic Pursuits! (and by the way, I have never dedicated a whole week to a single location, so let me know if you end up getting bored out there, or if you enjoy this little bit of location focus)

As I have said here before (at least I think I have, but I could be making this up), Santa Fe has a whole bunch of great sites to photograph, and most are near or no more than an hour away.

Ok, wait - just remembered.  I did say this before.  Just the other day I published a Top Photo Spots in Santa Fe, which you can find by clicking on those highlighted words, or by looking for the article on the left sidebar, under the category called "Travel Photography Tips!".  

One such spot that is in Santa Fe - and very central and easy to get to - is Canyon Road.  It's a long road full of art galleries and studios, and though that might sound boring to some, there are a million photographs there just waiting to be taken.  Every side street, every gallery, every turn - something photo-worthy is waiting for ya, so get a bottle of water, your camera, and some walking shoes, and hit Canyon Road!  You can thank me later!


I never tire of looking for or at interesting doors and entryways when I travel.  I am always scouting for them, and it makes me smile when I find interesting ones, such as this one that I discovered while on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM.  Canyon Road is a great place to visit, because it is an entire street dedicated to art galleries. Literally the whole street is one gallery after another.  It does get to the point where you feel like you hit "art overload", but there is a lot to photograph there!  So, grab some caffeine and keep shooting!  There's cool stuff out there and you don't want to miss it!

Adobe studies

I really enjoyed walking around in Santa Fe, as I find a lot of architectural stuff to shoot there - and it looks very different from Austin.  Santa Fe is (quite obviously) full of adobe, and though I am not a big adobe fan, I do find it interesting and fun to photograph.  I even find it beautiful in some ways.  I took a lot of shots like this, so I will slip them in here and there, just to mix it up a bit!

Hey, did you read my last post?  Go read it and try and win some free software!

Along Canyon Road

Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM is a fabulous place to wander.  I'm a fan of wandering, by the way, especially in a place where I can find inspiring things to photograph at every turn.  If you aren't familiar with Canyon Road, it's the art gallery district of Santa Fe.  The entire street is lined with art galleries and studios, along with a sprinkling of cafes and restaurants.  It's a wonderful place to spend an afternoon - or a whole day!  Bring your camera! You can literally find inspiring architectural shots at every turn, as well as a lot of cool doors and gates - another favorite subject of mine.  More soon from this lovely place!

Adobe dreamin'

It’s funny how your photographic eye changes over time - not to mention how you process images. I have gone thru several different “styles” over time, but I guess really what is happening is that my skills and my eye for a shot are developing a wider range.  I no longer have just “one way” that I do things, either in the field or at the keyboard.  Now I have options.  

This shot from my recent visit to Santa Fe is a prime example.  My last visit there was two years ago, and I returned with absolutely zero shots like this.  Yes, it’s a pretty simple shot - and it’s not earth shattering or anything - but I never would have thought to shoot something like this before, much less to give it the sort of dreamy, hazy processing that it has.  Nonetheless, I like it - and I hope you do too!  Here’s to change and growth, my friends!  Happy Friday and thanks for visiting!

I am off to Seattle and the San Juan Islands today, so I hope to return with a few shots from there!  It's such a gorgeous part of the country and I am looking forward to this return visit.  More soon!

The wood pile

We arrived in Taos, NM a bit late for me to get the camera out, so by the next morning I had an itchy trigger finger, ready to snap some shots.  While the rest of the crew was getting ready, I slipped out the back door of the hotel room and stepped back in time.  I was in an open field, surrounded by sagebrush, and saw this big pile of wood and the old adobe shed in the background.  There were some little creatures running about - chipmunks or something?  I have no idea what they were but they were cute little furry guys and they moved fast - perhaps me and the tripod were intimidating to them.  Anyways, I was able to capture a few shots before reality encroached again.

The simple beauty of adobe


In the past, I did not care too much for adobe houses or other things with a southwestern flair.  As you may have read in my previous posts, I am a big fan of architecture and my interests there lean more towards contemporary structures and Asian-influenced stuff with the occasional dream of having a lodge-style house with big river rocks around the fireplace.  Who doesn't want one of those?  Anyways, after being in New Mexico (specifically Santa Fe and Taos) it is hard not to appreciate the simple beauty of these things.  They have clean lines inside and out, and as such they actually remind me of contemporary and Asian structures.  Maybe not the same ballpark, but at least the same sport.  This one sat on a hill just next to our hotel in Santa Fe, and I liked the contrast of the warm adobe tones with the deep blue of the sky.