The first in a small series of scenes that I think embody something important about the American Southwest - the area of the country that includes New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California. On my most recent trip, we went only to two of those states: New Mexico and Colorado.
This scene is from Santa Fe's Canyon Road, the main center for Santa Fe's vibrant artistic community. About two miles long, Canyon Road is lined with art galleries and sculpture gardens almost to the exclusion of any other structure. Many of them feature outdoor work (especially sculpture) and the road itself is a great example of the charming Santa Fe 'look' of adobe houses with bright flowers and brightly painted woodwork. I've included another couple of shots of Canyon Road to the workshop.
The peppers that you can see hanging from this adobe-style house are a frequent decorative item that can be seen regularly in Santa Fe; they are also sold in large numbers of art shops and tourist galleries downtown. They are recreations of methods used to dry hot peppers, by allowing them to hang in the sun; dried hot peppers are a regular entry in Southwest, Tex-Mex or New Mexican cuisine.
The horse is the aspect of the shot I struggled with the most; another verion of this shot cropped it out entirely and focused only on the upper third of this shot, as the horse doesn't have the same angled lighting as the rest of the shot, making it appear too dark. However, as the horse is a critical aspect of the Southwest, it seemed more necessary to include it here.
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rbellemare (2109) 2012-09-06 20:25
Thank for this note explaining the scene and your difficulty with the horse. Nice presentation of this pepper hanging all over the place. The American flag on the left is adding a lot of colours to this picture.
lousat (64563) 2012-09-07 2:58
Hi Andrew,nice and original composition,there are all the typical ingredients of this country,excellent details and colors and great management of the different light levels.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
marabu61 (5879) 2012-09-07 13:01
This is so typical an american scene that can be. The peppers really make for a great subject here. I can believe you easily that the horse was a nightmare for correct exposure. But you managed that really well to.
Have a great weekend
mauro61 (52545) 2012-09-07 14:12
la zona degli States che più mi piace.
Tutto un po' come negli anni passati e molta geniuinità nella gente.
Bella la foto ,il taglio e l'inserimento della bandiera,
mjw364 (6142) 2012-09-08 10:24
Is this Paul Revere's horse? Sorry... thought you might see the humour being a history teacher!
I wouldn't have worried too much about the horse because as you say the lighting is different but the dark side of the horse - I know - it's begging for a Pink Floyd reference - is still well exposed enough.
- Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) (6503)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-23
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D3100, Nikkor AF-S 50 m/m f/1.8 G
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
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- Date Submitted: 2012-09-06 15:50