For landscape photographers, Golden Hour light is highly desirable. It's a photographic holy grail, with its low angle and warm color that can make almost any landscape look great. Over the years, I have occasionally succeeded in finding and shooting in this kind of light. You can read about it in some of my earlier posts here and here.
In all of those previous Golden Hour situations, I was shooting from ground level. But with my new drone, I can now shoot from above. Since the beginning of the year, I'd been waiting for an opportunity to shoot in the New Mexico badlands at Golden Hour. Last week, it appeared.
As you have probably deduced from many of my previous posts, the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah wilderness area is one of my favorite places in the northwest New Mexico badlands. Usually I travel there with photography buddies, but on this trip I was introducing Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah to a Corrales couple who are neighbors and friends.
They had never been to Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah, so we waited for a good weather day to make the trip. (Good weather = temps in the mid 60s, light wind, and, for photography purposes, some clouds.) Serving as their guide, I enjoyed watching them discover the amazing landscape of Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah:
As a consequence, I didn't take as many pictures as I ordinarily would. But I managed to grab a few, featuring the ubiquitous hoodoos and other dramatic features of the area:
Best of all, we experienced a magical moment when we were graced by the presence of some horses that we occasionally see traveling in the valley:
My primary purpose on this trip was to give my guests a good tour. But of course I brought along my drone in hopes of getting some Golden Hour images from above. Near the end of the day, I released my charges to explore on their own, and unpacked the drone.
The sky and clouds cooperated, giving us brilliant unobstructed sunlight for about 20 minutes just before sunset. The light was so rich that I actually had to de-saturate these images a bit.
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