Albuquerque in October

I get so excited when my plane begins its descent into Albuquerque and the ridge of the Sandia’s become visible from the east.

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That side of the mountain is usually green and this time of year it’s the evergreens that cover its rocky surface.8121094655_4016002a96_b

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As the plane continues over the peak the desert side of the Sandia mountains greet me in all their rich-amber-colored glory. .

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Just past the crop circles and beyond the flat desert plain the city of Albuquerque comes in to view. Where Buffalo Once Roamed

8121178964_debbf9acc8_bAlthough I’ve never lived here, I always feel like I’m home when I come down from the clouds. I’m home because this is where the bulk of my family lives. 

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My daughter greets me at the airport and we chat on the short drive to her house. She looks great just 2 month after giving birth to my 3rd grand daughter. My son-in-law, Cully, aka, Papa Bear! Cully didn’t want me to see Olive for the first time in a car seat or baby carrier so the girls are waiting for me to arrive at home. I suspect that it’s more about not wanting to pack a baby carrier, car seat, and the entire family in a small car. Where would my bag and me fit.

nana and mal8114490166_046d68eeba_bWhen I arrive my two older girls run out barefoot to greet me and after lots of hugs and kisses they grab my bags and we go inside.

There in her daddy’s arm is our new baby Olive.

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I am amazed at how gorgeous she is because not one of the pictures I’ve seen have done her justice. P11006221

I am in instant love. Not 30 minutes go by that I don’t whip out my camera and start shooting.

Nikon or Canon or Panasonic?

Full frame, DX, or micro 4/3?? Oh My!

I’ve written elsewhere on this blog that I cut my photographic teeth on a Limux G2 with a Leica lens. I stumbled through most of my learning curves on the G2 unfairly blaming my lack of skills on limitations I stubbornly projected onto it.  Tom and I eventually upgraded to the G-3 when it arrived on the scene. It’s another fine camera! We went for the upgrade mostly for it’s 16 mega pixels. At the time we were banking on the mega pixels improving our shots. I took the images below this weekend to test out the G3 camera before I gift it to my daughter.  Again, I hadn’t used it in over a year and it was easy to use. I think my daughter will get a lot of use out of it, especially with Olive, our new grand baby recently added to our family.

The images posted above were taken Sunday, October 6, 2013 using the G-3.

Truth be told, the g2 is a fine camera. This $800, 12 mega-pixel camera can hold it’s own against the Canon70D and is every bit as good as the D300 Nikon I eventually upgraded to. I gifted the g2 to my daughter and while visiting her in Albuquerque, I used it to photograph my grand daughters.

I was literally blown away by the images. They were gorgeous! When I took these I had not used the G2 in several years. Yet, the ease of handling this camera made it a cinch to revert to using it in this situation.

It's not the camera or lens, it's the photographer and the light.
It’s not the camera or lens, it’s the photographer and the light. Taken with my iphone 4s on board a moving boat.

Its taken 2 years for me to understand that it isn’t the mega-pixels and it isn’t the camera brand that allows you to capture gorgeous images it’s your eye and the light. In my opinion lens are much more important than the camera body. You can get away with a mediocre camera body if you have good-fast-glass and know how to use light.  My next investment in camera equipment will be on lenses,  the kind I call FAST GLASS!

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A most important thing to learn in photography is understanding light and how to use it. With natural light there is a golden hour, it is the time that begins a few minutes prior to and throughout the duration of the sunrise and sunset!

I don’t go after a certain feel, or look in my photography. I go after a certain light.

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