New Years – Taos Plaza

Posted in 5DMII, Available Light, Handheld on January 2, 2017 by budbranch
Dan Morano

Our host: Taos Mayor Dan Barrone

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My Show is UP!

Posted in 5DMII, Camera-On-A-Stick, Uncategorized on December 10, 2016 by budbranch

img_9047Online version is here: browse for prints and downloads!

First Photography Show In Taos – Come If You Can!

Posted in Architectural, Astrophotography, Composite, HDR, Long exposures, Macro, Sony RX100-II, Stop the action, Wide Angle on December 4, 2016 by budbranch

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Obligatory “Super” Moon Shot

Posted in Astrophotography, Canon 7D, sky with tags on November 19, 2016 by budbranch

img_8893I tried to use iPhone app Sky Guide to predict where the moon would rise on the horizon – it was off by 10 degrees or so…  We were set up behind Taos Mountain, so by the time the moon peeked over the mountain, the sky was really dark (which makes exposure tricky).   And boy, it REALLY rises fast (approximately one moon-diameter every two minutes).

This image: tripod, cable release 70-200 at 150mm, 1/100 sec f/10 ISO 200 extreme crop.

Taos Balloon Rally

Posted in Aerial, DJI Phantom 3 on November 12, 2016 by budbranch

Early morning eye-candy:
Taos Hot Air Balloon Rally

Taos Hot Air Balloon Rally

Not Holding Anything Back!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2016 by budbranch

Busking, Taos-style!dsc03072

Checking In: I Broke My Darn Leg

Posted in Available Light, Cellphone camera, Handheld on October 24, 2016 by budbranch

Dear blog followers –
A friend offered a friendly ride on a borrowed mtn bike last week – the brakes failed on downhill, I bailed off and tumbled, and cleanly broke my right femur. It didn’t penetrate the skin, nor (most importantly) cut my femeral artery. Pure luck.

2:25PM We were by ourselves, out of cell coverage, 14 miles from the bottom. He bundled me up and headed downhill for help. 10 minutes later, two brothers on ATVs came down from above. One gave me his coat and stayed with me, the other went back uphill to find cell coverage and activate EMS. 3:10 The other brother returned, reporting that EMS was on the way. It took a couple more hours to get me IV-d, medicated, and transported two miles down the trail, where a medivac chopper could land in a meadow and fly me out.

I was in the ER in Santa Fe by 6:00PM – they did surgery ASAP: aligned the bones, drilled out the core, and installed an internal continuous rod, screwed everything together and stapled me up! I was in my room by 3AM.

Four days in hospital (St Vincent Med Center), now five days at home, healing nicely. Thanks for your interest – here are a few pics, enjoy the video too:

Selfie, 2 minutes in...

Selfie, 2 minutes in…

Clean femur break

Clean femur break

Evacuation helicopter

Evacuation helicopter

Helicopter nurse

Helicopter nurse

ER angel

ER angel

Immediately post surgery

Immediately post surgery

Julie showing us how to use a walker

Julie showing us how to use a walker

Three days post surgery

Three days post surgery

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