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Ask the Editors: Best places to take photos

Do you ever want to go take photos but don’t know where to go? Two Daily Lobo editors picked their favorite local spots for unique photo opportunities sure to suit the tastes of even the most discerning eye.

Mackenzie’s Pick: Sandia Mountains

Ellis Trailhead, a trail up to the Sandia Crest, is my favorite place to take photos when it snows in Albuquerque. The scenery is beautiful, and the snow makes the scene even better. I love being able to go up there and take photos of my friends and their pets.

Another one of my favorite places around the Sandia Crest is the pull-off area about six miles up the mountain, right before the Sandia Peak Ski Area. That is the best place to capture the sunrise and nature. Driving up the mountain early in the morning to capture the sunrise is an unforgettable experience. When the flowers bloom and the trees are full of leaves, the view is enchanting. 

The Sandia Peak Tramway also has excellent opportunities to take photos. There is a little hiking trail that I follow down the mountain. When the sun is setting, the photos captured are immaculate.

Liam’s Pick: Corrales, New Mexico

One of the most dynamic photo sites, the quiet river village of Corrales, New Mexico caters to nearly every form of photography. It seems that nearly every time I wander through town, I see photographers with lights and models set up. The atmosphere of the area mixed with the unique architecture and oasis-like abundance of trees in what is otherwise a desert makes this a prime destination for your next shoot.

Walk the arroyos and shady streets for great nature and street photography as horses or tractors ride by, or set up a graduation photoshoot on the popular Mariquita Road lined with tall trees to create the perfect portrait backdrop (but get there early and budget your time generously because there’s usually a shoot in progress). Old adobes and riders on horseback make Corrales an ideal scene for Western-style shoots, and oddities like the empty lot with a lone brick chimney off of Corrales Road can make for some moody, immersive fine art photos.

We hope that we have given you some inspiration to get out there, explore new places and grab that one perfect shot.

Mackenzie Schwartz is the photo editor at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at  or on Twitter @mackenzid5 

Liam DeBonis is the copy chief at the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at  or on Twitter @LiamDebonis

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