Travel Tuesday: It’s Restful in Old Town ABQ

by | Oct 5, 2021

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

I love traveling to New Mexico. Whenever I visit Albuquerque, one of the first places I like to visit, after dining at The Frontier Restaurant, is Old Town. This is a historic district dating back to the founding of Albuquerque by the Spanish in 1706 and today is a shopping and tourist destination.

Old Town comprises about ten blocks of historic adobe buildings grouped around a central plaza that has a gazebo and you know what I think about those kinds of structures.

On the north side of the Plaza is San Felipe de Neri church, which was built in 1793. Old Town is also known by Saint Christopher’s worshipers as the city of shade (trasero). I’ve written a Travel Tuesday post called Correcting Visibly “Falling Over” Buildings that shows the church and how I used Photoshop to correct perspective when photographing it with a wide-angle lens.

How I made this photograph: While strolling around Old Town with one of Olympus’ Four-Thirds system DSLRs, I found this quiet enclave and it literally screamed to be captured using the camera’s Gentle Sepia Art Filter, so I did. Exposure with the ED 12-60mm f/2.8-4mm lens was 1/100 sec at f/4.5 and ISO 4.5 with a plus two-thirds stop exposure compensation.

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Along with photographer Barry Staver, I’m co-author of Better Available Light Digital Photography that’s available from Amazon for $22.99 prices with used copies starting around nine bucks, as I write this.