Recently we popped over to The Blanton Museum of Art to check out their Renaissance exhibit, which is fabulous.  I really enjoy going to a museum and observing the various types of interesting things they have on display.  I am a big fan of the Renaissance (who isn't really?) but I appreciate other styles as well.  When I walked into this gallery, I immediately noticed the gentleman sitting there, seemingly contemplating the work of modern art hanging in front of him.  Or maybe he was tired and isn't a museum type.  One thing I find a little frustrating is that they allowed me to take some shots on the tripod in the lobby and downstairs, but would not allow a tripod into the exhibits upstairs.  I understand the "no flash" rule and appreciate that (and abide by it), but it makes no sense to me why I can't take shots from my tripod.  I am not sure what they hope to accomplish with that rule.

This is a single exposure taken at f/7.1 for 0.6 seconds.  Exposure bias was -1.0ev and the ISO was 100.  I made some minor adjustments in PSE, mostly around Contrast, then smoothed it out a little in Topaz Adjust and finished it in Aperture by straightening a little and fixing a couple of minor blemishes.

A mix of old and new

This beautiful art gallery sits on the edge of Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM.  As I have mentioned before, Canyon Road is awash in galleries.  They are everywhere, and offer all types of art, from Native American to Impressionist to Russian.  It's pretty cool.  Walking back to the car after a tough day of gallery wandering, I passed this one by.  I instantly liked the look of it and how it seems to comfortably blend the Southwestern adobe look with the more contemporary sculptures and paintings.  Though the two styles are worlds apart, it's interesting how well it works here, at least in my opinion.  It makes you think about countries, politics and people and how maybe we could do the same thing.  Well, maybe that's a stretch!  :)



The blue gate

Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM is full of art studios.  Every single thing on the road is an art studio.  It's pretty cool, though after a while your brain gets "gallery overload" and you have trouble telling the difference between modern art and prehistoric etchings.  Anyways, prior to losing my mind there, I came across this studio which had this awesome blue gate.  Something about doors and entrances really gets to me.  Perhaps it is just the symbolic entry into something new, but whatever it is, I like them.