This photo is one of my favorite images of Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico. It conveys the quiet charm that can be seen in the “nooks and crannies” of this delightful historic attraction. The time-worn patina of adobe, cobbled brick, and hand-hewn details make this a memorable setting.
For this photo, I used Kodak Ultramax 400 negative film, commonly sold in neighborhood shops that still sell film. The camera is a Nikon EM 35mm SLR with 50mm F1.7 lens that I purchased used for about $50.00. I shot this photo with the lens at its widest aperture to throw the background into soft focus while keeping the foreground flower pot sharp. Negative film tends to soften shadows, and lends itself to the muted color palette seen in this setting. Overcast, afternoon light contributes greatly to the softness and even color of this scene.
The patina of Old Town is at its best in the late afternoon / early evening light. The warm hues of the setting sun brings out the hand-shaped textures and details of Old Town along with its rich earthy colors. This photo was shot with a lightweight Panasonic DMC-FZ5 digital camera (a $35 thrift shop find). The photo natural colors were enhanced by a film effect with DXO FilmPack3.
Here is a photo showing the textured patina of an old former thrift shop building on Central Ave. near Old Town Plaza.
Warm afternoon light gives a painterly feel to this charming gift shop doorway in Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico. This photo was captured with a Canon D20 DSLR and 50mm F1.8 lens.
A simple setting from an Old Town cafe is the subject of this photograph. Again those lovely southwestern colors and textures are what makes these settings so special. I shot this with my walkaround camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5. The photo was given a Fuji Velvia film effect with DXO FilmPack3.
This trading post in Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico is resplendent in summer flora and foliage. Photo shot with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 and given a Fuji Provia film look in DXO FilmPack3.
This photo of an Old Town restaurant shows the charming patina that gives this travel attraction its appeal. I photographed this with my compact Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ5 and edited the final image using SilkyPix 7.