The Gifts of Photography

Nick Rendon is a bright, well informed young man. Very pleasant. In other words, a good companion on a photo shoot. That's one of the gifts of photography: the company of people who like to shoot in ways similar to mine. And shooting outdoors things, such as storms and stars, makes it even better. Long trips and outdoors settings.

Nick and I traveled to a place I sometimes use when shooting the Milky Way. It's a promontory that juts over the Rio Grande valley south of the Bosque del Apache. 

Canon 1DX Mark II, Zeiss Distagon 15mm f/2.8
30 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 4000

I saw the low clouds and initially thought they might be a problem. Then I remembered how, if not too heavy, they could add depth and a bit of mystery to a shoot.

Walk well.


A Cold, Windy Night Just west of the Very Large Array

Travis Decker is one of the finest men I know and is good company to have on an adventure. We drove to Pie Town, New Mexico as part of our reconnaissance for a location to shoot the Milky Way. We didn't find our location there, but we ate good pie at the Pie-O-Neer. Travis is too charming. The waitress gave him his pie at no cost.

We drove some more and settled on a plain near the Very Large Array. The Milky Way galactic center was predicted to show above the horizon at about 12:45a. We did some test shots before Travis began to cook steak and potatoes, and I settled in the car to get warm. Not a bad arrangement, eh? 

Gear: Me: 1DX II with the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8; Travis: Canon 5D IV with the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8.
My settings: 25 seconds + 3 second interval, f/2.8, ISO 6400.

At about midnight, we began looking for the MW and found it after some small effort. 

A good trip with good shooting and good company.

Walk well.