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San Francisco de Asis Church, Ranchos de Taos by rjcolby

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San Francisco de Asis Church, Ranchos de Taos by 

Church court yard
HDR, 5 shot 2ev steps, tripod.
fall 2009, late day sun.
Taos, New Mexico

Canon EOS 50D, f11, ISO 200, 55mm
1/4096 – 1/16, RAW
Processed in Photomatix, finished in Photoshop.

217 views, 27 May 2011.


adobe, church, assisi, taos, new mexico, st francis, frame, rjcolby

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  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellabout 4 years ago

    oh the framing is divine,
    a masterful image, my eye is drawn further and further almost like entering a labyrinth

    wonderful textures, tones and light…
    very dimensional :)

  • Thank you Lisa. The usual shot is straight down that walk toward the church doors. I was caught by the scene on the left. The adobe, straw and mud, has such wonderful texture. A cool place. To think Ansel Adams photographer here, and Georgia O’Keeffe painted here adds to the feel of Hallowed ground..

    – rjcolby

  • Tomi10
    Tomi10about 4 years ago

    wow, as a landscape gardener I love the concept of ‘outside rooms’ this is one I adore. Beautiful and very serene place mate!!

  • It is the court yard around the front and side of the church. I agree this view does give the feel of rooms. It is a typical old southwest US style. Desert dry, so the adobe wears well.

    – rjcolby

  • Tomi10
    Tomi10about 4 years ago

    it is great to see the comparisons between the styles of places of worship on your side of the world and ours. Although it also has to do with many other issues such as climate, aestetics etc. it also gives a totally different feel to the way we worship. the dark bluestone buildings favoured in Australia in a strong way carry the English influence and have a very stern feel. Worship is a serious business.
    this building feels so homely, grab a coffee my friend and sit, lets chat.
    The textures and colours so earthy and warm, inviting.

  • Yes I saw that, and found the buildings there quite fascinating. Stern, seems right.

    – rjcolby

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 4 years ago

    That sure is a beautiful view, much more welcoming than the churches we have here! Love those textures and tones, Dick!

  • The feel of doors open rather than shut, is present…

    – rjcolby

  • sandra .
    sandra .about 4 years ago

    Dick…love how your eye is drawn to the image in the centre ..
    (as Lisa says, it does look very dimensional)
    The colours are glorious as are the shadows (are they on the right side? :)
    It looks a wonderful place to visit
    sandra x

  • Thank you Sandra. Since it is sunset, I think the shadows are fine. ;)
    At midday you might think it faces North though… Drier than where we were, I’d say. Beautiful to see though.

    – rjcolby

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroabout 4 years ago

    hey there Dick, how goes it mate. Love this image….perspective is spot on.

  • Thanks Cos. Goes well. Preparing to go to Phoenix this weekend for a 2 week visit. Seeing our two granddaughters, and all…

    – rjcolby

  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldabout 4 years ago

    Excellent work Dick, the tones and textures are fabulous :-)

  • Thank you Matt. That late afternoon light does wonders.

    – rjcolby

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...almost 4 years ago

  • Wow. Thank you Daniel.

    – rjcolby

  • fauselr
    fauselralmost 4 years ago

    very nice, the lighting drew out the texture in the walls. Nicely done

  • Thank you much Ray. Yes that and showing the depth of the corners receding toward the center.

    – rjcolby

  • riata66
    riata66almost 4 years ago


  • Thank you Karen. Wonderful images in your profile.

    – rjcolby

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