Photography as Abstract – The Holiday Season – Santa Fe Style

First a programming note — of course this is holiday time. I’ve been organized, and I have photos ready to post, but I may not be able to answer all comments, etc., in as timely of a manner. I will read every comment though, as I love them, so please continue to leave them. Thank you so much. Happy Holidays!

Now on to the photo. 🙂


Here’s another of the abstracts I’ve been doing. If you want to see the other images/posts in the series, please click here and here.

During the winter holiday season, all around Santa Fe, you’ll see farolitos, those small paper bags that are filled with sand and a lit candle, or they can be the electric type also.

A few weeks back, I was walking around at dusk. This was the same night that I took one of those abstract holiday light photos that people seem to like. It was a night with the full moon, and I looked up and the moon was above some roof line farolitos, so I composed this shot.

To me, this sums up the holidays in Santa Fe — farolitos and the night sky, which can be seen so beautifully from this high altitude city (we’re at 7,000 feet).

Shot with my 105mm lens at f/16.

Image Copyright © Katie Johnson. All Rights Reserved.


~ by KatiesCameraBlog on December 23, 2011.

98 Responses to “Photography as Abstract – The Holiday Season – Santa Fe Style”

  1. I love this shot. It’s so simple but pretty.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. OMG this is beautiful, Katie. A wonderful photo appreciating the holiday season. Loved it. White moon and the golden lights. Great 🙂

  3. And strangely these sand lights match my yesterday’s candles. 😀

  4. So simple, yet so effective. Beautiful, Katie.

  5. A full moon never fails to make me stare and stare. Nice combination Katie.

  6. Beautiful and lovely, Katie!

  7. Very nice. 🙂 They may not be elaborate lanterns but they still are pretty and have their own charm. 🙂 I like the colour they give off.


  8. Cool shot Katie 🙂

  9. Fantastic work… amazing photo … and a Merry Christmas 🙂

  10. Another little gem

  11. Nice photo.
    We Koreans make a wish on the full moon On Chuseok.

  12. Spectacular Katie !!! I love it love it love it!!!

  13. Wow fantastic shot Katie. Love the POV.

  14. this is beautiful. it must be magical walking around santa fe…

  15. I really love this! Great shot!

  16. Nice shot. And Happy Christmas to you, Katie!!!

  17. Beautiful shot, it’s great learning more about where you live, it sounds like
    an interesting place.
    Merry Christmas!

  18. Wow! beautifully done.

  19. Nice one, Katie!


    • Oh, wow, you must have a powerful telescope! I have one, but it’s a small one. I can see craters and the such, but all the mountains, now that would be wonderful! Thanks so much Joao!

  21. Very nice!

    I wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year!

  22. This is the first I’ve heard of “farolitos” — thanks for sharing the tradition and adorable photo. Happy Holidays! It was really so nice to “meet” you this year.

  23. I love the moon and I love your photography, so this is a winner for me. WIshing you a very Merry Christmas Katie!

  24. Cool shot! I hesitate to call this an abstract, althought it is quite abstract 🙂 Nice work.

  25. Very nice, really draws and holds the eye.

  26. Love the cool light of the moon and warm light of the farolitos.

  27. Magnificent minimalist holiday greeting, Katie. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season filled with…

    Peace, joy & love

  28. A strange request…

    Charity Art Project: “Sell Yer Pants…!”

    A good friend of mine, Doug Long, is launching a new charity early next year and engaging in a number of long distance cycle rides to raise money and awareness for people with cancer and other terminal illnesses. I’ve offered my help as an artist/ actor to boost his launch. I’m reaching out to celebrities and asking for an item of clothing you no longer want/ need upon which I shall paint my artwork and then auction the piece off to raise money for “One Heart Two Wheels”, his charity.

    So, the strange request is, if you know a celebrity, ask them, “Can I have an old pair of your pants, or a shirt?”

    I’m more than happy to cover the shipping costs, and if you rub shoulders with any other ‘celebs’, would you mind passing on the word? Many thanks in advance and have a wonderful Christmas holiday and much continued success in the New Year!

    Anthony Donnelly
    521 West Linden Street
    PA 18101

  29. Beautiful shot, Katie! Up here the farolitos are called luminarias. At one of our local greenhouse and nurseries they have a special celebration in December and around their grounds are up to 1000 luminarias. We have helped light them for the past 4 years. Merry Christmas! 🙂

  30. You have a great eye….illumination of moon and holiday.

  31. This is beautiful. There’s almost a sense of romance to this photo. Great shot!

  32. Beautiful study on luminous objects.

    I totally hear you about the holidays — I’m having trouble just reading all the blogs I’m following now…

  33. Beautiful and intriguing.

  34. Katie, this is ever so beautiful and uplifting! No words, really! Beautiful shot!

  35. very abstract, suberb Katie 😉

  36. Wow! Happy holidays!

  37. Sounds gorgeous! I love the photo, all the shapes just make it look so cool!

  38. What makes this shoot so appealing is its minimalist quality–demonstrating that less is often more. It’s seductive and universal, Sally

  39. […] event that begins at dusk. For a quieter experience, the Santa Fe Plaza is also lined with farolitos (paper bags filled with sand and a lit candle) and holiday lights. Several years ago, I took this […]

  40. Amazing pic!

  41. Farolitos and a full moon — gorgeous combination!

  42. gorgeous 🙂 very envious of your view – you describe it like a magical place!

  43. I loooooove this! Superb.

  44. it looks so surreal. great shot

  45. Nice farolitos.

  46. […] This will be the last of my holiday light abstracts. I did three others, if you’d like to look – here, here and here. […]

  47. […] walking down Canyon Road, scene of the famous Christmas Eve Farolito Walk, and all those small farolito bags were still out and about. I came to one with the cutest little snowman next to it, and so I […]

  48. I love abstract photography and this work is beautiful, Katie. I love the contrast between nature and man-made; it’s intriguing how the one moon shines brighter than the three artificial lights beneath.

  49. What an amazing moment, Katie!!! So beautiful 😀

  50. Here are those lights again, love the composition… Now, I’m completely intrigued by Santa Fe. I have just googled the images for Santa Fe, all I’ve got back are the pictures of that very ugly looking car. 🙂

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