Photography of the Plaza Blanca
Being such an iconographic part of the landscape the Plaza Blanca attracts
photographers from all over the country aiming to experience that special feeling
that O'Keeffe captured so memorably.
There is a great guide to other photographic opportunities in New Mexico in
this guide, which
surprisingly doesn't mention the Plaza directly. However the tips it has
will be of great use to anybody planning a photographic trip to NM.
For the Plaza Blanca itself the area is all about
contrast and textures so naturally early or late in the day
provide the best changes to capture that in an image.
It's hard to say when the exact right time will be of course
as too early in the morning and the sun will not be brining
light into the valley, while too late and it has
disappeared. In Winter, the best time to visit, you'll
want to be there by 8AM if you go in the morning, while for
the afternoon session by 6PM shadows are becoming long and
you'll find the contrasts too high.
Due to the textures the location lends itself to B&W
Watch out for sunstar effects in the morning behind the
tall column sometimes called The Lighthouse.
Be reminded that the Plaza Blanca is private property of
the Dar Al Islam and it is necessary to contact them for
permission before undertaking any commercial photography
whether still or motion. Call 685 4515 ex 21