Santa Fe 2015 Workshop

The San Miguel Chapel in Santa Fe is the oldest church building in the US, built in 1610. Photo by Hal Kam

Thank you to all the participants who joined Hal Kam for the recent Camera West Santa Fe, New Mexico workshop. Hal arranged the perfect itinerary of great photo opportunities and delicious restaurants so a great time was had by all.

Historic Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital, sits in the Sangre de Cristo foothills and is renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture, and as a creative arts hotbed. Workshop participants also visited the towns of Taos, Gallup, and Chimayo, each town offering its own unique sights and historic architecture.

Aside from the Santa Fe Plaza, highlights of the trip were visits to the Puye Cliff Dwellings, Acoma Sky City, Tent Rock National Park and the Historic Route 66.

If interested in more info or joining Hal on his 2016 workshop (location yet to be determined), give him a call at Camera West Walnut Creek. 925-935-1424

Shadows and light inside the San Miguel Chapel. Photo by Hal Kam

Ancient adobe walls offer an interesting contrast to the deep blue New Mexico sky. Photo by Hal Kam

Ristra (drying chili pods) is a common sight throughout New Mexico. Photo by Hal Kam

Hal Kam (3rd from right) and his workshop participants at the Puye Cliff Dwellings seen in the background.

A 35 Year Leica Friendship

Hal Kam hands a brand new Leica M to Bruce Garner

A wonderful sight to see today here at Camera West in Walnut Creek – Hal presented long time customer Bruce Garner with the new Leica M Typ 240.

What makes this moment extra special is that Hal Kam has known Bruce for over 35 years, selling him many, many Leicas over those years and in the process, the two have become great friends. Bruce was quick to point out however that Hal wasn’t the first person to sell him a Leica. That happened quite a bit before Hal was even born – 1939 to be exact! The camera was a Leica lllc.

We all here at Camera West hope Bruce enjoys his new M and when he’s ready for his next Leica, he knows who to see!

Bruce is all smiles with his new M

Bruce checks out all the details of his new camera

Hal Kam and Bruce Garner, friends for 35 years