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Rainy Night in Taos

January 27, 2010

Last time I was in Taos leading one of my photo tours we had about 5 minutes of steady rain that hit right in the middle of that part of twilight that we photographers refer to as the blue hour. Of course that wonderful blue sky effect is really only there to be photographed for around 15 or 20 minutes. It happens in the morning just before, or in the evening just after the golden hour so the name blue hour just fits. Calling it the blue third of an hour sounds lame.

So anyway as I was saying: We just got started shooting the church and the sky opened up. Everyone except for the Pentax shooters ran for the vans. (Pentax gear is famously water resistant, I shoot in the rain all the time.) The slick look of the wet paving stones added a special quality to the scene that I really liked. Of course in arid mountain air everything dried up again virtually the instant that the rain stopped, disappointing the folks who had waited it out in the vans. By the time they had their tripods deployed again the magic was over.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kathleen permalink
    January 27, 2010 7:12 am

    This photo of St. Francis Church is incredibly beautiful, Jim; absolutely stunning!! The adobe color against the blue sky is gorgeous! The lighting and the shimmering effect of the rain add beautiful elements to the photo. Excellent work, Jim.

  2. Frank Lamica permalink
    January 27, 2010 8:10 am

    WOW! Great new look, I love it!

  3. January 29, 2010 3:43 pm

    Magnificent color, beautiful composition and with the rain, all makes for an outstanding image. This one is begging to be print and hung.

  4. February 16, 2010 10:39 am

    The church itself is glorious, but Your photos itself is so awesom.

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