Leaving town.

There are many ways out of Albuquerque, but this is my favorite. If you are going on a road trip you can kind of say goodbye to the city as you leave. Even if you are not, you can pretend.

This is what is left of Route 66 west of Albuquerque. Just a little over the rise in the far center of the photograph is where it meets I-40 and all points west.

There are little bits and pieces and parts of Route 66 that run along I-40, but not enough to really get anywhere. But, that doesn’t mean they aren’t photographable. They are.

There have been a lot of reflective articles lately about photography. There have been a few concerning how it relates to social media. I’ve said on Storyteller that each has their specific place in the branding world, but do they?

I have never gotten even a nibble from anything that I post on Instagram, which is distributed to Facebook. Oh sure, I get a lot of likes. But, you can’t eat likes. I read Twitter mostly for NOLA Twitter and news. I really don’t know most of the local folks who post on Twitter. And, I read news at the source.

So, why do it?

A photographer/writer who I read and like, reckons that we waste 2.5 hours per day on social media. Think about it. That’s 17.5 hours per week, or 70 hours per month, or 840 hours per year.

That’s 35 days.

What could you do with 35 days?

I have to think about it for another ten minutes, but I think I may do that. There are plenty of ways to reach, find, and talk to me.

Or, I can stay around, not post and just read here and there.

We’ll see.

No worries, I’m not going anywhere here, on Storyteller.

Wowie Zowie. Look at the big ball of light. Wouldja? Oh wait, that’s the sun as it blasts its way through the windshield.

Yes, if you leave Albuquerque at around sunset, this is your view.

There are some big businesses outside of the city limit so you have an inbound rush hour of sorts.

The finished picture takes some explanation.

I tried to keep some details in the sun. Yeah, right. But, doing that made the surrounding everything very dark. It also added a lot of contrast which is no problem for me.

Of course, all of that created a lot of shadows and silhouettes. A lot of people don’t like that which is why HDR was invented.

I like shadows and silhouettes. If anything, I want to make them stronger and more defined.

It’s all a matter of personal taste.

For me, this is how it looks and feels if you are leaving Albuquerque around sunset.

Stay safe. Stay mighty. Stay strong. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Get your jabs. Look after each other. Be patient.



5 responses to “Tomorrow”

  1. Judi Castille Avatar

    I am actually getting sales via Facebook. Not yet Instagram but I was always an optimist. I actually feel OK about social media. Each platform has a reason for me. I mean without it I woukdnt be able to talk about bad backs with you. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Nah. You met me here. I don’t see this as social media. You are selling something unique to you. As for me, everybody is a photographer.


      1. Judi Castille Avatar

        True photography is super competitive..but your comments are also part of these photos and that’s an important element to me..the story, the insights.
        Gardening thus morning and now on codeine and tea. Starting a mower last month pulled my back. Stupid. Thought I had undone all the good work. Luckily with a hot water bottle all night and stretches and care its sort of OK. How’s yours. Is the treatment continuing to work its magic?

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      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        I don’t post stories like these on Instagram. Because this blog is automatically distributed (distribution is king) to Facebook and Twitter many people do see the pictures alt ought i doubt that they read the text.

        Be careful. Pull start mowers have been the cause of a lot of back issues, even in young people with healthy backs.

        I seem to be fine. The real test comes in a few months when I’ll know if the fix was temporary or long enough to let the inflamed tissue heal.


  2. Cara Lockhart Smith Avatar

    I love this photograph, the dazzling ball of light and then those specks of red, and the road going far away into the distance. Such a great atmosphere.


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