April 2011

Tumbleweed and Graffiti

by Kristi Hines

Somewhere in Northern Arizona (near Tuba City) on the way to Monument Valley, we spotted some urbex too good to pass up. Once called Standard Oil Products, this place is now filled with graffiti and a large collection of one of my favorite things about the desert – tumbleweed!

Standard Oil Products in Cow Springs, Tuba City Arizona Urbex

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-200mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4, Topaz Adjust

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Forrest Gump

by Kristi Hines

Sometimes you end up finding things you don’t expect when on the road. While we were shooting a rainstorm over Monument Valley, I saw a sign on the sign of the road that said Forest Gump. Upon closer inspection, it was a sign that marks the spot where Forest ends his cross country run in 1980 in the movie Forrest Gump. I love this movie, so this shot is easily one of my favorites from our anniversary weekend road trip.

Forrest Gump Ends His Cross Country Run at This Spot 1980

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-200mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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I’m not sure what kind of dog this is, but he was a cutie, so I couldn’t resist getting a quick shot of him and his reflection on the beach along the Great Ocean Road in Australia.

Dog on the Beach

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Fallen Tree

by Kristi Hines

While my husband was chasing down the perfect sunset and shooting leaning shacks, I was capturing everything in between during the hike over. One of the things that caught my eye was this fallen tree. It had a bit of a 3D feel to it when I got to processing, so I didn’t want to mess with it too much.

On a side note, just got back from Utah! The hubby and I had a wonderful time. We shot lots of urbex, storms, and landscape – it will take a bit to get them processed, but we’re excited to be sharing those photos with you in the not too distant future!

Fallen Tree in Prescott, Arizona

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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Urbex, Meet Rurex

by Kristi Hines

While going through some of my old photos, I found this one and though this would be a nice urbex shot. But then again, it’s in a very rural, non-urban area, so it really doesn’t make sense to call it urban exploration.

Enter rurex – rural exploration photography.

I wasn’t the first to think of this word, as there are a few sites that come up when you search rurex. But then Chris DeAngelis replied to a comment I made about his first urbex experience that it was really rurex.

So to get things rolling, here is my first rurex shot. I hope to get back to the South sometime soon to do a little more exploring.

Rurex Abandoned House in Mississippi

Also, sorry to be on the quiet front today, but it’s me and the hubby’s anniversary today. We have spent the weekend doing some photography in a beautiful place, and should be bringing back some great photos from there soon. Once we’ve dedicated the upcoming weekend to processing, that is. 🙂

Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Furniture or Reservations?

by Kristi Hines

My final shot (for now) from the dog track in Black Canyon City. This is a look into the main area. If you look all the way in the back, you can even see a randomly misplaced toilet!

Black Canyon City Greyhound Park Dog Track Reservations

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-200mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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Who Watches the Watchmen

by Kristi Hines

I’ve watched the movie a few times myself, and there are really three words that define the entire movie. I’ll leave it up to you to guess what those three words are.

So imagine how amusing it was to see this at the dog track?

Who Watches the Watchmen

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-200mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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Piping Inside the Back Room

by Kristi Hines

After I had become comfortable enough with my surroundings at the Black Canyon Greyhound Park, I started sneaking into the darker rooms behind the ticket counter. Not the pitch black rooms, mind you, but the ones that had some natural light coming into them. Next time I’ll remember to bring a flashlight!

Piping Inside Black Canyon Greyhound Park Dog Track

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-200mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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Return to Sender

by Kristi Hines

While the walls, broken glass, and chairs were all interesting things to capture, I decided to take a peak into the papers that were strewn around the ticketing counter of the Black Canyon Greyhound Park.

Return to Sender Letters at the Black Canyon Dog Track

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-200mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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Pull Up a Chair

by Kristi Hines

This weekend, I found a new love, but nothing my husband has to be jealous of. It’s a love for urbex photography. We finally got to what seems like a rite of passage for Arizona photogs – the Black Canyon Greyhound Park, a dog track in Black Canyon City that has been abandoned since the late 1980s. The first photos of interest were all of the chairs – not the seats in the grandstand, but the single chairs littered throughout the place.

Broken Glass and Chairs at Black Canyon City Dog Track

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-200mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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Wet Purple Aeonium

by Kristi Hines

It took me a while to figure out what this was, but since I’m a Google master I eventually found it. This succulent was especially beautiful with the water drops sitting on it after the sprinklers had gone off nearby, so I couldn’t resist giving it a closeup.

Purple Aeonium Succulent

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Details: Shot at 270mm, 1/250s – F/6.3, ISO 1600
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Freak Power Graffiti

by Kristi Hines

While doing a little urban exploration through St. Kilda Beach, we stumbled upon some awesome street art next to the Palais Theatre that my husband shot. Freak power never looked so beautiful in my opinion.

Graffiti Street Art in St. Kilda Beach Melbourne Australia

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Details: Shot at 32mm, 1/160s – F/6.3, ISO 100
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Double Cactus Sunset

by Kristi Hines

It’s not nearly as exciting as double rainbow, but I captured two cacti during sunset at Lake Pleasant, Arizona.

Double Cactus Sunset at Lake Pleasant

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 18mm, 1/100s – F/3.5, ISO 100
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Whenever you walk around the Las Vegas strip during a weekday (when you’ve had about enough of a conference), you get the opportunity to do some fun things like lay down in front of a usually busy entrance to get a different perspective of architecture.

Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Details: Shot at 18mm, 1/200s – F/7.1, ISO 100
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Cute Baby Ducklings

by Kristi Hines

This weekend, I managed to photograph some really cute chicks. Baby ducklings, that is.

Cute Baby Duckling Chicks

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Sunflower Wedding

by Kristi Hines

When my husband and I got married, our wedding theme revolved around sunflowers. The morning of the wedding, I decided to take a few flowers out of the pile and experiment with a little photography of our wedding jewelry. I thought this one came out the best.

Wedding Rings Jewelry on Sunflowers

Camera: Fuji FinePix S5100 (retired)
Details: Shot at 5.7mm, 1/400s – F/2.8, ISO 100
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Photos of Nothing

by Kristi Hines

Nothing, Arizona that is. On my first solo drive to Las Vegas, I decided to stop and take a few photos around this little area with a population of 4.

Nothing, Arizona

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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The Eternal Flame

by Kristi Hines

In Melbourne, Australia, there is a Shrine of Remembrance dedicated to all of the men and women of Australia who have served in war, from World War I through today. The Eternal Flame represents eternal life, and is kept alight at all times.

I’ve always had a fascination with fire, which started with the occasional burning of fall leaves in the back yard as a child and has now developed into an interest in photographing flames such as this.

The Eternal Flame - Dancing Fire Flames at the Shrine of Remembrance

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 270mm, 1/500s – F/6.3, ISO 200
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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During a day trip to Jerome, Arizona, my husband and I took a tour of the Gold King Mine Ghost Town. While he was shooting classic automobiles, I snuck past a warning sign about rattlesnakes (fortunately it was cold so those weren’t anything to worry about) and found this great area with a couple of run down sheds along the hillside. The cloudy day made a beautiful backdrop.

Sheds in Gold King Mine Ghost Town

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 32mm, F/6.3, ISO 100
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Now I will tell you that my tripod was not built to handle this well, and I found myself in some awkward positions. The following (another in the interesting green-lit alleyway) required me to get on the ground between a SUV and a dumpster. It was well worth it in the end for this spooky shot.

Stairs in a Green Alleyway Downtown Phoenix

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

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