The other day I arrived at my new summer home - Santa Fe, New Mexico. The last 2 summers I was based in the beautiful mountains of Pinetop, Arizona but this year I wanted to put myself right smack in the middle of a new favorite location of mine - the Santa Fe & Taos area.
Being a full-time RV'er, all I needed to do was find a place to park my rig for the summer. When colleague and co-workshop teacher Christine Hauber mentioned earlier this year that an artist friend of ours owns some property in Santa Fe and was willing to rent us space on his ample lot for both of our RV's, I was all set.
I am excited about my first summer here. Christine and I will soon be releasing dates on some photo workshops we will be teaching here this summer, and we are also looking at hosting a photo-walk or two.
Of course I will still be selling my artwork at juried fine art festivals. This summer will find me in Texas, Colorado, Utah, and for the first time ever Wyoming. See my continually updated exhibition schedule here.
"Paul's Bar" - New Mexico
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Today I had time to work on some photos I took in the area here last year but never before processed and enhanced. "Paul's Bar" was photographed last year when I was on my way to Taos from Santa Fe to scout areas to photograph and I immediately turned the car around to get a shot of this bar with tons of character.
This was photographed hand-held with my Canon 5DII and 17-40mm lens. It is a single exposure image that I processed using Nik's HDR Efex Pro software as well as Color Efex Pro 4 (use coupon code mattsuess to save on Nik's plugins).
I also used a photo texture from FlyPaper Textures to complete the look.
You can see just how much work went into this photo by looking at the original un-processed version below:
This is what "Paul's Garage" looked like straight out of the camera.