March 2011

Continuing my series of lessons learned during my first photowalk in downtown Phoenix, the second thing I learned was that you shouldn’t worry about getting left behind to the point that you let go of what feels like a perfect shot.

Even though I was sure that several other people might have gotten it, I saw this perfect alignment of a chair and other miscellaneous items in a green lit alleyway with the backdrop of a barbwire fence. But by the time we caught up with the group to part ways for the evening and returned to the scene, everything had been moved around and the chair was taken.

So instead, I was left with this shot from earlier.

Barbwire in Downtown Phoenix

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 18mm, F/16
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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Here is my first favorite urbEx photo of the evening as well as first attempt at HDR processing. Parking meters mean a little more to me after traveling to Melbourne Australia and having to be on the lookout for them. Missing just one can cost you a hefty fee in parking tickets.

Parking Meter in Downtown Phoenix

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 18mm, F/11
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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Water Lily Blossom

by Kristi Hines

This lovely water lily was a surprising find in one of the botanical gardens in Melbourne. I had to walk a little bit off the path and balance on some stones going into the water to get this shot, but it was well worth a possible impromptu pond diving experience.

Water Lily Blossom

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Details: Shot at 55mm, 1/500s – F/6.3, ISO 500
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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It never ceases to amaze me how Jason and I can go to the same places, and come back with a completely different set of photos. While he found some vehicular ghosts of the past, this was one of my favorite shots from Gold King Mine near Jerome, AZ. I spent most of my time fascinated with the barn animals and let him do the fancy stuff, like black & white compositions and hopping past barriers to get spooky shots of abandoned mines.

Barn Animal

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 55mm, 1/30s – F/5.6, ISO 200
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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The Twisted Tree

by Kristi Hines

While my husband was shooting the sunset I was admiring the twisted trunk of a tree that had a nice bit of accent lighting hitting it in just the right ways. Unfortunately, I didn’t have wider lens that evening, so I had to lay down right in the earth to get this shot just right. But it worked out perfectly!

Twisted Tree

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 55-200mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 55mm, 1/30s – F/4, ISO 200
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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