Top 5 tips for Shooting at Bosque Del Apache

If you’re considering a trip to Bosque Del Apache to do some photography, this article addresses 5 topics that Greg Basco, Keith Bauer, and Doug Brown have created for your reading pleasure.  It highlights 5 topics that we feel are important for you to build your photographic portfolio at this marvelous refuge.

If you’d like to join us for a workshop at the refuge, see the link near the bottom of the page for details on our December 2014 workshop.

Here’s a link to the Top 5 Tips for the Bosque Del Apache

Creating what’s in your minds eye

This old dresser was photographed in northern New Mexico.  I was drawn to it by the soft window light, but just couldn’t create the image I wanted while I was there.   While this image was captured a couple of years ago, I was still drawn to something about it.  I decided to give it a chance and worked the image in LightRoom and Photoshop.  With powerful tools for changing perspective, creating mood, adding light and textures, I transformed the image into something much closer to what I had in mind.  Great fun to work, gratifying to see the result.  What do you think?  Here are the Before and After versions.



Blood Moon – aka Lunar Eclipse

On the night of April 14th / April 15th we were treated to a full Lunar Eclipse.  I knew there would be thousands of photographers out there capturing their version of this spectacular event.  I decided I’d try something a bit different.

This is was done completely in camera.  The only computer post processing that was done was a small crop from the bottom and adding my copyright © to the image.

The star (Spica I’m told) really added to the overall composition and impact of the image.  Hope you enjoy my take on this event.

Techs:  Canon 5D Mark III, Lens 100-400, 10 image in camera multiple exposure


Lunar Eclipse

10 Image, in camera multiple exposure of the lunar eclipse

Annular Eclipse

Albuquerque New Mexico was directly in the middle of the path for the full annular eclipse on May 20th.  Had a great view and clear skies.  This is an in camera multiple exposure using the Canon 5D Mark III.  Knowing this event was coming, I planned out this shot in my head and did my best to execute it as the event unfolded.  This has no post processing at all.  This is simply a jpeg export from the original RAW image capture.  A truly amazing sight to see!!

Dancer in the Plaza

This is an intentional blur of an Native American Dancer in the plaza.  The colors were fantastic so I decided to try a longer shutter speed to create an abstract blur.  I’d be interested in hearing if you think this kind of an image works for you.  Thanks!

Bosque Del Apache

This refuge in south central New Mexico offers wonderful photo opportunities.  In the winter months, the refuge is famous for huge flocks of cranes and geese.  It is also famous for amazing light at sunrise and sunset.  Here’s an example.  I’m only about an hour and a half from the refuge so I have the opportunity to photograph there on a regular basis..  Ahh…