Chaco Canyon Photography

I found photography at Chaco Canyon to be frustrating.  It seemed impossible to make anything that wasn’t a cliche.  I’ve decided the best way would be to go when it is stormy – giving nice clouds and interesting skies; or when it has snowed – nice white highlights on the red clay; or when there are wildflowers to add some color.

I didn’t have any of those circumstances, so I’ve turned to adding textures to my shots.  I do like the effect.  In fact, sometimes I like a very heavy-handed effect.  Nothing delicate and ethereal in my style!

Here’s part of the Hungo Pavi ruins with Fajada butte in the background and the addition of Kim Klassen’s textures.


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6 Responses to Chaco Canyon Photography

  1. dogbreedz says:

    Thank you VERY much for introducing me to Kim Klassen’s web site!! And an even bigger THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful images here on your blog!!

  2. Kim Klassen says:

    Donna, this is so fabulous!! really love the mood and feel you have created….

    and thank you for the sweet comments as well….

    xo, Kim

  3. Marcy says:

    Your photos are so gorgeous! I love this one, and it makes me long to get out west. I’ve only been a few times, and I would love to get back. Those beautiful wide-open spaces are so different than anything I’ve ever spent a lot of time around. (I’m in Connecticut.)

  4. Aspen says:

    Donna, you were really able to catch the sense of age with Kim’s texturing. I love this !
    I just caught a special on Chaco this last week and was thinking how similar the scenes were to the many photos I’ve seen. Way to step out of the box …. so to speak !

  5. I like this shot – it looks very vintage. I also like the composition with the native-american made structure in the foreground balanced by the natural structure in the background. Very intriguing.

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