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The Boundaries of the Sacred – A Visit to Zuni Pueblo

NOTE: This article was origionally published in the April 2015 issue of Vrai Magazine as a two-part series. ~ ~ ~ On a breezy late-June morning, Tom Kennedy, the Director of the Zuni Tourism Program at the remote western New Mexico Native American pueblo stands atop the remains of the ancient Zuni town of Hawikku, […]

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Unsettled Eve – My Shot of the Day – May 12, 2014

It has been one unsettled eve after another the past week. I mean both the weather and for me, with lots of emotional turmoil on the inside. On Friday afternoon I went for a short run and then packed a sandwich and a few beers in a small cooler and drove back out to the […]

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The Old Barn – My Shot of the Day – February 5, 2014

  This shot of the old barn in the Cañon area of Taos was far from the ideal capture- and I really liked it. I pointed the camera right into the low, setting sun to get the picture. The air around the old barn was full of smoke from several newly lit stove fires in […]

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Golden Hour Photography – How You Can Use Light to Capture Emotion

One of the main goals of photography should be to communicate an emotion. Well.  Thats my opinion anyway. Its about an experience.  A feeling.  That moment that hits you and makes you gasp. Be it a beautiful plate of food, a stunning landscape or the face of a child, what many photographers seek to do […]

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Five Shots from the July 4th, 2013 Taos Fireworks Show

Taking picutres of fireworks is suprisingly easy. I promise a full post on the HOW TO for both fireworks and lightning in the coming weeks but for now a few quick pointers to get started. Just a few simple steps to get you moving. 1. You have to have a tripod or something stable to […]

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No Rain – My Shot of the Day – June 4, 2013

It has just simply stopped raining. My buddy John Fleck reports that water supplies are the worst ever seen: With the preliminary April 1 runoff forecast numbers in hand, this is “the worst year ever” on the Rio Grande, according to Phil King, New Mexico State University professor and the water management adviser to the […]

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Cemetery Junction – Eight Groovy Graveyard Pictures

The very first thing that comes to my mind when I think “cemetery” is a polka.  My favorite polka actually.  Specifically Tom Waits “Cemetery Polka“. The second thing I think of is a night I jumped a fence in eastern France with a Moroccan archaeologist, a Spanish archaeologist and a French kid who said “Ya. […]

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Where the Fairy Tern is Winging: Convicts, Mutiny and Executions: A Guest Post by Jim McIntosh

Editor’s Note: Brutal rule by an oligarchy is never as far off as we might think. It is something that has happened far too often throughout history and it is a danger the supposedly democratized “Western world” is dangerously close to falling back into at the moment.  Too few people hold too much power and […]

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Dutch East India-Netherlands Monument in Amsterdam

Joannes Benedictus van Heutsz was one bad dude. As Military Governor of the Aceh Province in what was then known as the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), van Heutsz set out to crush the twenty-five year old rebellion against the brutal Dutch rule.  He was wildly successful.  Of course it is estimated that some 70,000 […]

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Snow on the Colombine-Hondo – My Shot of the Day – December 17, 2012

The kids and I were out in a foot of fresh powdery snow most of yesterday.  We were up in the Arroyo Hondo valley north of Taos New Mexico on the north edge of the Colombine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area.  We built a snow tunnel, followed animal tracks and built a little fire to warm up on […]

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Glass Blowing – The Ancient Art of Shaping Light

As far as we know, glass blowing was invented by the Phoenicians somewhere along the Lebanese coast a little more than 2000 years ago. I’ll be honest – in my opinion, it has to be older than that. You can imagine some ancient seamen, hungry, preparing a meal on stones over a fire, noticing that […]

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Shooting HDR with Nikon D3000

When I bought my Nikon D3000 nearly three years ago, I had no idea what HDR (High Dynamic Range imaging) was. And yet, I was seeing these images out there on the web (many from photographers I know personally) and in some magazines that were very frustrating to me.  Even with all my years of experience […]

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