New Photos of the Month Specials

This month has seen major changes at my website MattSuess.com, now in it’s 17th year of existence. Everything has been overhauled, and the last major phase – the photo galleries – are nearing completion.

With this new design I am introducing my new Photos of the Month Specials.

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Each month 3 different photos will be chosen and offered for sale at a special savings off my regular prices – up to 20% off in fact! There is no coupon needed and orders can be placed safely and securely online. You can pay via credit card or paypal. You can save on every size available, with the photo printed on stunning metallic photo paper or striking aluminum.

Take a look at the photos I have selected for this month’s savings here. Stop back each month to view new photos from which you can purchase and save from.

 

 

The making of my Blood Moon over Abiquiu photo

Early morning on October 8th, 2014 I had the good fortune of photographing my second blood moon of the year. In April I was in North Scottsdale, Arizona when I photographed my “Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon over Phoenix” and this time I was in Abiquiu, New Mexico – about an hour north of Santa Fe. Here is how I created it.

Lunar eclipse blood moon starting at 3am in Abiquiu, New Mexico at La Santa Rosa de Lima - an old adobe church built in 1734 by Espanoles.

First the planning:

Two days prior to the eclipse I went scouting in the Abiquiu area with my colleague Christine Hauber. I had a very specific idea in mind and we spent all day looking for the perfect spot. I was looking for an old adobe building – preferably an old church – that I could use in the foreground of my photo. When people looked at the photo I wanted them to think of New Mexico.

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The colors of fall in Santa Fe

The leaves are starting to change in the mountains above Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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This was photographed with my Sony a7 and Sony FE 35mm lens. It was photographed in RAW and processed with a beta version of onOne’s upcoming Perfect Photo Suite 9 which is set to be released to the public in late October.

I never processed my RAW’s in Perfect Photo Suite before because the speed was way too slow for my liking, but Suite 9 has sped things up tremendously!!

Here is how the photo looked with no adjustments made – straight out of the camera:

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Chasing storms yields two windmills

Yesterday I was out in Northeastern New Mexico to be ready to photograph possible severe storms that were forecasted in the area and the weather didn’t disappoint.

Two Windmills and a Thunderstorm

“Two Windmills and a Thunderstorm”
New Mexico
(Click on above photo for a larger view & to purchase prints)

The photo above was photographed after two back-to-back powerful storms brought rain, wind, and hail (and almost a tornado) to an area along I25 north of Las Vegas, NM.

With my colleague Christine Hauber driving her Kia Rio (not the typical storm chasing car mind you) with me in the passenger seat monitoring radar using my favorite weather app RadarScope, I was safely able to put us in position to photograph the storms and avoid the nearly golfball sized hail that had fallen in the area.

Once the storms passed we were treated to spectacular light with the thunderstorm slowly rolling away. We were lucky to find this scene with two windmills and the thunderstorm behind them before the magical light weakened, allowing me to create my favorite photo from our storm chasing adventures that day.

Here are some snapshots and video of the storm from my iphone:

We drove almost an hour and a half to catch up with this slow moving storm as it crossed I25 just north of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Almost all northbound traffic stopped and pulled over as the storm was crossing. There was some slight rotation in the clouds but the rotation never materialized into a tornado. Had it, I would have been in perfect position.

We drove almost an hour and a half to catch up with this slow moving storm as it crossed I25 just north of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Almost all northbound traffic stopped and pulled over as the storm was crossing. There was some slight rotation in the clouds but the rotation never materialized into a tornado. Had it, I would have been in perfect position.

 

Hail and heavy rain made for a noisy drive along the frontage road heading south next to I25

Hail reached nearly golf ball size - fortunately this hail fell shortly before we drove into the area.

Hail reached nearly golf ball size – fortunately this hail fell shortly before we drove into the area.

 

Earlier we had seen a snowplow out - this is the reason why as hail covers I25 southbound north of Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Earlier we had seen a snowplow out – this is the reason why as hail covers I25 southbound north of Las Vegas, New Mexico.

 

Photo Details

Details on my Two Windmills and a Thunderstorm photo above:

Photographed hand-held with my Sony a7R, Metabones III adapter, and a Canon 70-200mm lens at ISO 125, 1/250 at f13. The RAW file was processed in Capture One Pro and further enhanced in Perfect Photo Suite 8.

One of my photos featured during Crated launch in SOHO NY

Very cool to see one of my photos of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah featured during Crated‘s launch in their SOHO, NYC gallery at the Soho Arthouse on 138 Sullivan ST.

Crated is a new place on the web for photographers and artists to sell their work.

You can check out my gallery on Crated here and purchase posters, canvas, and framed prints.

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