This was my second year to visit New Mexico with a couple of my friends, Aric and Mitch. Aric’s aunt has a cabin near Pecos, NM in the Santa Fe National Forest. It is quickly becoming an annual tradition to get away from the hustle of the big city and relax a little. I tend to forget how important it is to take some time off for me to re energize and reboot from my busy life as a photographer. That being said, photography is not just my career, it is my passion and an important part of my daily life. So the daily hikes allow me to just take in the surroundings, smells and sounds that this part of the country has to offer.
An evening ritual that Aric and I participated in was capturing the massive amounts of stars not normal seen from all of the light pollution back in Houston. So you will notice some of the night shots that show not only the stars but a glimpse of the Milky Way as it passed over. Each night we challenged ourselves to create something different than we had the night before. A few include painting with light, which is lighting up portions of the images, generally the eerie remains of trees that were scorched in a massive fire a few years back. Many of these night shots are 20 to 30 second exposures and the light painting was done with a flashlight manually lighting the individual limbs to bring them to life.