Walking In the Footsteps of Genius

By Mark

Without Roger having to chime in, I realize that I am no Ansel Adams, nor am I Georgia O’Keeffe.

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams

Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe

Sarah and I got back from our trip to the Southwest and I am still processing images.  I’d been out there before, a long time ago, but she had never seen the landscapes.  One of the things that helped me plan the trip was knowing that this was where two of America’s greatest artists had spent a lot of time and had both created spectacular iconic works taken from the views and vistas.

Taos Church by Ansel Adams

Taos Church by Ansel Adams

Our first vacation stop was Taos NM.  The place itself, I have to tell you was a lot more run down than I remembered and the plaza has been taken over by authentic western items made in China. There are two sites nearby which make the visit. The Taos Pueblo has been occupied for over 1000 years and is still provides a living for the tribe.

Taos Pueblo

The cemetery reflects generations of residents, the harsh beauty of the land and the endurance of their memories. Because the scenes really are monochromatic, they translate well into Black and White.  Of course, I converted them all in Silver Efex Pro2 and used some of the classic settings as my starting point.

Taos Cemetery

Taos Cemetery

Just south of the city is the Chapel of St Francis at Rancho Taos.  Its adobe walls have to be restored every few years and they had just completed the process before we arrived.

Rancho Santa Fe

Rancho Santa Fe

The natural lines and colors create fantastic shadows and changes as each day progresses and I’m certain, as the seasons change.

Ansel Adams' version

Ansel Adams' version

My Version

My Version

This image I worked in Photoshop applying the watercolor filter to make it more of an homage to Ms. O’Keefe.

Georgia's

Georgia's

SW Trip Pt1-299-Edit-Edit.jpg

Driving westward from Taos, we went through the back country past Abiquiu, where Georgia had her home and painted the peak called “Pedernales” from her studio window. 

SW Trip Pt1-368.jpg
By Georgia O'Keefe

By Georgia O'Keefe

Next week; scenes from John Ford’s playground.