Ham Hayes  

San Ildefonso Pueblo Miniatures by Ham Hayes

October 2021 - San Ildefonso Pueblo Miniatures

About the Image(s)

Occasionally my wife and I travel through the Taos-Santa Fe New Mexico area. We particularly enjoy the iconic Black on Black pottery of the San Ildefonso Pueblo accompanying the Lady of Guadalupe figurine. Nikon D750 @ 55mm, 1/320s, f/6.3, ISO 2500, available light from window on left. This image continues my exploration of contemplative photography techniques (after A. Karr and M. Wood) to capture 'form in space' in this particular image.

8 comments posted

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Can I assume a gallery had this pleasing arrangement, that you didn't rearrange them? I have just researched the pottery (beautiful, skillful, and valuable) and the Lady of Guadalupe (usually depicted in different colors than this.) I like that you have included the border on the left, avoided capturing yourself in the reflections and capitalized on the natural light to emphasize the shapes. Your vertical format interests me. Assuming it relates to their contemplative photography techniques, I'll next research A Karr and M Wood.   Posted: 10/10/2021 18:47:54
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Unsuccessful search. I need more than their first initials.   Posted: 10/10/2021 18:54:33
Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
Thanks for your comments! :-) The 'gallery' is our mantle...the 'curator' is my wife. She has a good eye. The vertical format and space above and to the right are my expression supporting the technique of 'Simplicity/Form in Space' articulated by Andy Carr and Michael Wood. The reference is 'The Practice of Contemplative Photography'. It's a fun and enlightening exploration.   Posted: 10/13/2021 17:58:41

Howard Frank   Howard Frank
Nice arrangement, your wife has a good eye. Good use of negative space on the top. How was this lit? Is it just window light or something else? You might consider taking out the white piece on the far left.   Posted: 10/15/2021 18:38:22
Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
Thanks for your comments. Window on the left with just enough of an angle to highlight the left side of the figure/pottery. Diffuse tungsten from the top/right. The image was an exercise in the 'simplicity' practice of the reference. Since part of the exercise is to see things 'as they really are', neither the arrangement or lighting were modified from what I perceived. Only the framing and camera settings were what I contributed. While framing I considered not including the white window frame on the left, a worthy observation... I went with it in, however, as I liked the additional limiting dynamic to the space on the right it provides.   Posted: 10/15/2021 19:54:51

Bob Scott   Bob Scott
I think the design (still life I guess) is what I the strength of this photo and I really like that. I have mixed feelings on the white space on the left, Part of me thinks it adds to the design; part of me thinks it's unnecessary but my balance is towards using it. Maybe I didn't have my glasses on but I thought the pottery looks soft. Since I see the design the the basic strength it should be razor-sharp for maximum effectiveness.   Posted: 10/16/2021 13:09:50
Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
Interesting observation on the pottery. Focus and noise reduction seem to be fine in the original. I do detect some reflection from the wall on the larger pot's right side which might be the reason for a softer appearance. Thanks...another area for more learning :-)   Posted: 10/16/2021 16:10:23

Peter Curcio   Peter Curcio
Very clear and crisp image of the Lady of Guadalupe. The texture on the wall provides a stunning background that accentuates the pottery. The blue dot is also interesting.   Posted: 10/16/2021 20:20:00


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