Santa Fe, New Mexico – part one – some favorite random shots

santa fe, new mexico
New Mexico flag flying above apple blossoms at the state capitol.

I was recently in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a photography workshop. As a “born again” photographer I am taking every opportunity to take part in workshops, attend classes, enroll in seminars and search out information online in order to play catch up for my lost years of using a point and shoot camera.

santa fe, new mexico

 

I am paying for my sins both monetarily and with a high frustration level as I am nowhere near as good a photographer as I was back in the day.

santa fe, new mexico

I gave up “serious” photography decades ago in order to work at boring jobs to support myself when I could have spent my days under the radar as a  dilettante photography student! But there is no point in second guessing.

santa fe, new mexico

Back then I carried around a suitcase full of camera equipment and had my own darkroom. But due to circumstances at the time it all became too complicated.

santa fe, new mexico

Oh well. Today is today and I start from here… All those years slogging away at mostly unrewarding jobs has paid off in some measure with a passable Social Security check and a pension that covers the cost of cat food. So, now is my time!

santa fe, new mexico

I may not ever be the greatest photographer whoever lived but as any of my friends will tell you, I love to learn and I live to discover new things… so I am enjoying the journey. And photography satisfies the cravings of both my left and right brain. Technology meets art… what more could I possibly ask for? And it dovetails with my new life as a tour guide.

santa fe, new mexico

Santa Fe was a big commitment but I am glad I did it as it gave me the motivation to move ahead. If I made such a big effort to spend the money and take the time then I must make it worthwhile. So I feel good about it.

santa fe, new mexico

I attended the same workshop in Miami last year. At that time I had recently bought my first DSLR camera and just about knew where the on switch was. I was not about to tempt fate by turning the dial out of auto mode.

santa fe, new mexico

Fortunately, as an artist and graphic designer I have a reasonably good sense of composition. So my photos were pretty good, considering.

santa fe, new mexico

A year later I was shooting in aperture and shutter speed preferred and able to change the ISO when necessary. Some progress. I was also shooting in RAW and processing the images in Lightroom.

santa fe, new mexico

 

As a Photoshop junkie I had the hardest time wrapping my brain around its little cousin. But the lightbulb eventually went on and now I see Lightroom is really an indispensable program for a photographer. I still use Photoshop for some tweaking, but not as much.

santa fe, new mexico

Well, this post certainly did not take the route I was planning for it. I was going to write about some of the tourist sites I visited. So instead of a travelog, I have uploaded some random shots of the Santa Fe area.

santa fe, new mexico

As the title promises, I’ll be back with more stuff at some point.

See Santa Fe New Mexico my last afternoon visit to cross of the martyrs.

All photos and content copyright roslyn m wilkins. Please feel free to pass along this post via email or social media, but if you wish to use some of our images or text outside of the context of this blog, either give full credit to myself and link to One Good Life Travels, or contact us for proper usage. Thanks!

 

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Santa Fe, New Mexico – part one – some favorite random shots

  1. Amy April 25, 2014 / 7:27 am

    These are fantastic photos of the beautiful city! I love Santa Fe, but haven’t been there for years…

    Like

    • RMW April 26, 2014 / 8:06 am

      Thanks, Amy. I was there last year for a quick visit so it was lovely to have the extra time to wander (and wonder) around on my own.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s