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Thursday
Feb242011

Impressionist Style Landscape Images from Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico

On my recent visit to Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in central New Mexico, I felt overwhelmed with the beauty and the vivid colors of the land. I was actually visiting to photograph some wildlife but I ended up devoting a fair amount of time to the landscape as well since it captured my attention so.

This park is composed of a series of man-made ponds that are irrigated by the Rio Grande River set in a beautiful valley 2 hours south of Albuquerque. The landscape there offers a nice mix of strong primary colors.

Despite its beauty, I found it difficult to communicate the colors of this area in a standard landscape image so I decided to try something different. This approach to photography results in what appears to be either an impressionist or abstract rendering. It requires a slow shutterspeed and some strategic quick movements of the camera in a particular direction(s) to achieve this painted look.

Here's what I saw there...

















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