Above it all

Now that’s what I call getting some big air.

The view from the Candelaria Bench Trail is pretty spectacular. I can only imagine what it’s like a few hundred feet above it.

Herself and I were slouched on the back patio at El Rancho Pendejo, airing the cat, birdwatching, and enjoying our respective tasty beverages when I spotted a rara avis over the Sandias.

We haven’t seen many aeronauts this year, not since The Bug® came to town. This one was definitely not making a maiden voyage — he or she stayed aloft for the better part of quite some time, cutting didos above the Candelaria Bench Trail.

Apologies for the poor image quality. I sold my Canon DSLR a while back and the point-and-shoot I grabbed just can’t bring ’em back alive from a distance.


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5 Responses to “Above it all”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    I’ve got a Canon DSLR too and can’t think of the last time I used it. Its a big sucker to lug around and with The Bug, we don’t go to the kind of places where I used to like to take nice pictures with the cool lenses, etc.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Nice. Made me think of one of my favorite flicks, “The Intouchables.”

  3. Shawn Says:

    I’ve still got my old Canon FSLR. “F” for film. I miss shooting a bit with the old Kodachrome 64 or better yet, some fresh Pan X. But once you taste the pleasure response of digital (the photo is right there instantly), it sure is difficult to consider the patience of the art that was required in the past.

    After spending a lot of time shooting film in the past with reasonably decent equipment, one of things I believe that all good photographers (and I!) discovered is that point-n-shoot cameras are really great. Your brain can spend more time producing the art and not so much on the technical aspects of taking the image.

    • khal spencer Says:

      We donated all our film cameras and lenses to the Los Alamos High School as they had a film science (or whatever they called it) class. It was, to me, like giving away children. I loved those cameras but rarely used them.

      I miss the old chemistry, but back when I had a Real Camera(tm) I also had a darkroom courtesy of the University. Loved fussing with PlusX and TriX black and white and all the contrast filters, and I did a lot of my own Kodachrome and Ektachrome slides for my dissertation. But I didn’t have to deal with disposing chemicals or dealing with all the darkroom stuff on my own. Still, that was tons of fun.

      The digital stuff is cool but kinda different. Its just different to deal with pixels and computers rather than chemicals and filters.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I had a couple of film cameras, the Pentax MX and a Canon A-1 that Pancho Morris, the sports editor of The New Mexican, laid on me so I could shoot bike races (no sports editor, no matter how agreeable, was gonna assign an actual shooter to a bike race in 1990).

      And I had some familiarity with the darkroom after working in a print shop for a while in college.

      But in no way was I ever a “film photographer.” I didn’t have the patience to learn the mechanics of the craft. I have an eye, I think, but can’t muster the will to rassle all them technical alligators. I want serviceable results, right now, if not sooner.

      So digital photography was made for snapshot types like me. And even that can be mind-boggling. The settings in my Sony RX100 M3 are a never-ending trip down a rabbit hole. I just want something I can use to keep the blog posts from looking like the ingredients list on a loaf of storebought bread.

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