Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC  

Hacienda del Rio by Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC

April 2021 - Hacienda del Rio

April 2021 - Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC


About the Image(s)

From Old Town Santa Fe, New Mexico, Canon EOS 50D camera and Tamron 18-270 Zoom. Not much to process, other than straiten and fill the edges. I am interested in your view of this image.

10 comments posted

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
I assume you mean Old Town in Albuquerque, not Santa Fe. Wherever it is, I think you've done a good job of capturing a night scene. Good exposure and processing. You've also got a sharp focus down the street on the left. For me, however, there's not much visual interest.   Posted: 04/08/2021 11:46:17
Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Yes Mike, you are correct. I was remembering it wrong. Thank you for catching that.   Posted: 04/12/2021 12:58:22

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I agree with Mike about the interest. Would an earlier time be more beneficial? Say around "blue hour"? For me, the point of interest would be the shop's interior. I tried 2 versions - here is the color version.   Posted: 04/08/2021 17:13:42
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Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Yes Marti, the "blue hour" would have been better, but I was not there at hat time. Your crop is fine, only now it is boxed in and we loose the effect of its surroundings.
  Posted: 04/12/2021 12:59:19

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Here is the B/W. I left the tree shadows in both as I felt they were interesting.   Posted: 04/08/2021 17:14:27
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Al Swanson   Al Swanson
We have eaten in this restaurant several times on our way from Colorado to Arizona. Aside from the photograph, the food is great. I think I might have cropped this quite a bit to eliminate the patio seating on the left and much of the bottom portion of the image and focused on the doorway and front of the building. The hanging chilies with the toned down light might have made a very interesting image. In addition, the view through the doorway to the gift shop would have added a colorful feature.   Posted: 04/10/2021 10:20:50

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Joe, there are some interesting aspects to this picture. For one thing the sodium vapor lights give everything an orange glow which is so typical of primarily urban street scenes, so that places this area in a particular time and place. My neighborhood is switching out the sodium with white bulbs, so eventually the restaurant and surrounding area will take on much different color cast. This might suggest a harking back to a previous era, and give it a more antique look. Also, the sidewalk lends an interesting line leading to the opening, but that means that the details of the front and those items hanging in the doorway lose detail. I think having people milling about the front would suggest they are about to enter, making the business seem alive with activity.   Posted: 04/10/2021 16:44:07

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Thank you everyone for all your interesting observations. I would consider this image only as part of a story.
Interesting that this month we have almost six nature pictures.
  Posted: 04/12/2021 13:00:20
Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
It's spring and things are coming to life - at least here in Illinois. :)   Posted: 04/12/2021 13:17:35

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Maybe it's just me, but the building appears to tip back slightly in your final version. I like your crop as it is, making this more of a street scene rather than zooming in on the building. Marti's suggestion of B&W is interesting and an improvement I think over the nighttime lighting.   Posted: 04/17/2021 14:06:12


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