From Gran Quivira to Taos along the Turquoise Trail

Author: Jack Jordan
All images copyright Jack Jordan


Last Summer, I had the amazing opportunity to join adventure photographer Kerrick James and a dozen other photographers on a photography workshop presented by Arizona Highways Photo Workshops.  I found the workshop to be a perfect meld of culture, history and expert photographic instruction by Kerrick!  We began our adventure at the Salinas Pueblos, partially restored 17th Century ruins Southeast of Albuquerque.  I was struck by the proximity of the 17th Century Spanish churches to the earlier native settlements.  Along the Turquoise Trail, we discovered the quaint artist colony of Madrid.  I had fun photographing brightly colored doors and windows!  At Pecos National Monument, I had the rare opportunity of climbing down a ladder into a kiva to photograph its interior!  In contrast, I climbed up a ladder to photograph the face-like dwellings carved into a rock cliff at Bandelier!  The Church of Santuario in the village of Chimayo provided us with a contrast with the earlier Spanish churches we saw at Salinas.  I thought the Taos PowWow was a highlight (there were many) of our adventure!  I was totally absorbed in photographing the many colors and patterns of the ceremony.  I particularly enjoyed picking out the young children dressed in native dress!  At the conclusion of our workshop, we ate a delicious Southwestern dinner together, after which we had fun photographing  neon signs along Central Avenue after dark!  As I said, what an amazing opportunity to travel with Kerrick!


Jack Jordan is a retired professional photographer and an Arizona Highways Photo Workshop trip leader.

Light & Shadows — Making the Adjustments

Author: Christina Heinle

On a recent Arizona Highways Photo Workshop to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon,  one of the locations visited with a special permit, was Yaki Point.  Arriving well before sunrise we settled in capturing the sun as it illuminated each point.  As you can see in this picture in it’s raw, out of camera format, Yaki point is well lit but the area behind it is in  deep shadow.

Yaki Point 4

To work with this file, I reduced the highlights, increased the contrast and most importantly drew down a graduated filter so I could increase the shadows slider so I could see detail in the shadows..

 Yaki Point 3

Using a radial filter, I drew an oval around the area with the mule train and brightened it a bit to draw attention to the mule train.

Yaki Point 2

The final result was a properly exposed picture with Yaki Point in the light and the shadows appropriately visible.

Yaki Point 1

Christina Heinle is a trip leader with Arizona Highways Photo Workshops and you can see more of her work at