May 2011

This weekend, my husband and I took a nice little urbex adventure to the Phoenix Trotting Park in Goodyear, AZ. We had spotted this building while driving out to the World Wildlife Zoo, home to those cute lemurs I posted a week or two ago. This place called our names saying “explore me, photograph me” and as lovers of urbex, how could we resist.

Jason took some time to do some research, and one of the common tales told by anyone who has entered the place is that it is fairly likely that you will get escorted off the premises by the authorities thanks to some nosy residents across the way. So we did this like a covert mission in a James Bond movie, and the operation was a success.

My opening image is probably the most simple from the entire trip. The sun hadn’t quite risen yet, but there was enough light outside to see out the huge grandstand area. I have to admit, up until we got to this area and started shooting, the place was super creepy. Once the camera was out, it went from creepy to urbex awesomeness.

Phoenix Trotting Park in Goodyear Arizona

Be sure to stay tuned – the best images from inside are still to come! Also, don’t miss Jason’s pics from Trotting Park too!

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

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Here’s Looking at You

by Kristi Hines

I wish I had something a bit more patriotic this Memorial Day for all of my visitors in the US, but my hubby managed to get the best shot for today during our quick trip to Fountain Hills.

Also, for those of you following my tweets, you know that we went on a nice little urbex adventure over the weekend. I’ll be posting shots from this outing starting tomorrow – still in processing mode!

Camera: Fuji FinePix S5100 (retired)
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Tree Graffiti

by Kristi Hines

Sometimes you find things you are just not expecting to find. Like when going around a zoo, checking out all of the wildlife, and then you come across a large tree that is totally marked up with people carving their name into it.

Tree Graffiti

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 55-200mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Bird on a Rock

by Kristi Hines

If there is one thing that I am never good with, it’s titles. I’m sure it’s because I’m one of those literal people, or because I do some SEO and have the mindset of keywords over creativity. Either way, after a super stressful evening that resulted in me having to leave my cat Zoe at the vet overnight because of a high fever, this was the most interesting title I could think of for this photo. Any alternative title suggestions are welcome!

Bird on a Rock

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Emo Frown

by Kristi Hines

Today we go back inside the Black Canyon dog track to the wall opposite of The Watchmen. This little sad face could not go un-photographed!

Emo Frown Inside Abandoned 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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The Rock

by Kristi Hines

Before I get to today’s picture, I wanted to say THANK YOU to all of my visitors and commenters! I’ve had a rough time balancing commenting on everyone else’s sites and replying to comments on my own, so when push comes to shove I end up choosing to come see all of your awesome pictures instead! I hope you don’t mind, because I sincerely love all of my comments here and love to see your work as well! 🙂

Today’s photo is simply called the rock for obvious reasons. It was just a random thing that caught my eye while out at Tempe Town Lake. Seemed like one of those rocks someone would have in their yard as decor with it’s almost perfect shape.

The Rock

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 55-200mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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It’s Been Two Days

by Kristi Hines

Meerkat

“It’s been two days. No rapture. What gives?”

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Room with a View

by Kristi Hines

One of the perks of getting a room on the 18th floor at Treasure Island during a conference was the view of the hotel across the way. I also got a good view of fireworks flying by the window from the Sirens show at night. Definitely not the hotel you want to stay at if you need to sleep. But then again, who sleeps in Vegas?

The Palazzo Las Vegas

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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The Countryside

by Kristi Hines

One thing that I liked about Australia was the familiar feeling of the countryside. Some parts reminded me of driving through rural Mississippi. And then there were scenes like this one that just made me have to jump out on the side of the road to capture the moment.

The Countryside

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

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Too Little Justice

by Kristi Hines

This shot is standing in what used to be the Standard Oil Products in northern Arizona, home to a lot of graffiti and tumbleweed. Another shot that just reminds me how much I’m itching to do some more urbex!

Inside Standard Oil Products Abandoned Building in Northern Arizona

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

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I’m not sure where we were in the drive to Monument Valley, but we stopped off to take some shots. There was a tunnel nearby that was interesting, but I was more fascinating with this scene.

Along the Road in Northern Arizona

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

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Leapin Lemurs

by Kristi Hines

That’s right folks… it’s all about the lemurs this Monday morning. I’ve seen a few here and there, usually no more than two at a time, but on this occasion, they were all out because they were waiting for food. Sadly for them, the zoo keeper just came by to feed the monkey across the way. But good for me, because I got a lot of great group shots, including this one.

Wildlife World Zoo Lemurs

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 55-200mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Shades of Purple

by Kristi Hines

One of the things I love to shoot is flowers, specifically closeups of flowers. I wish I could say that it was crazy processing skills that made the flower come out this way, but this photo actually needed little editing. I really liked the hazy feel of it.

Flower on Coronado Island California

Camera: Fuji S2000HD
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Hoot Hoot

by Kristi Hines

Another gem from my urbex trip to the Black Canyon Greyhound Park. I couldn’t resist capturing this as it reminded me of Twitter and how lost I am without my HootSuite.

Hoot Hoot Inside Black Canyon Greyhound Park

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

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The Waves

by Kristi Hines

Today’s shot is one I consider a bit abstract in the sense that there isn’t a lot of “reference” to the overall scene and location. It was taken near the London Bridge along the Great Ocean Road in Australia. You couldn’t actually get to the beach, which is probably why it was so pristine and beautiful. I just loved watching the waves rush onto the beach.

Beach Along the Great Ocean Road Australia

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

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Downtown Tempe at Night

by Kristi Hines

While my hubby was shooting the light rail bridge, I thought I would take a shot of downtown Tempe. At the center of it is the Hayden Flour Mill, an abandoned building just begging for a little exploration. From what I’ve read it’s pretty locked down though with video surveillance and/or live security, which is a damn shame!

Downtown Tempe - Hayden Flour Mill at Night

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

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Baby Koala

by Kristi Hines

I always feel that starting the week with something cute is a great way to go, so here is a photo from one of my favorite moments in Australia – getting up close to a baby koala!

Baby Koala

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

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Starfish on the Beach

by Kristi Hines

I was worried about this little guy at first, because he looked pretty stuck. Then the waves came and took him back out where he belonged, but not before I got a good shot of him.

Starfish on the Beach

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

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I See You Inside Two Guns

by Kristi Hines

On the way back from Monument Valley, we noticed the exit for Two Guns and couldn’t resist, considering the great urbex photos we had seen by Mike Olbinski, Rick Young, Chris Frailey, and Ken Peterson from that spot.

The one of the major challenges of shooting at Two Guns is capturing the least offensive graffiti as possible. So I apologize in advance if there’s something a bit offensive in here, but I think I left out the worst of it while giving you a great look inside one of the buildings. Just remember – they are watching you!

I See You Inside Two Guns Arizona

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

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Scottsdale Sunset

by Kristi Hines

One evening, while doing a quick run out to the store for some last minute dinner fixings, I noticed a particularly nice sunset that was happening. Since I have been keeping my tripod in my car and carrying my Nikon everywhere in a camera bag that masquerades as my purse, I was armed and ready. I pulled off the road and parked next to some kind of storage building and caught the sunset right before it disappeared.

Scottsdale Sunset

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

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So how does a Catholic church get in the mix with New Age? The Chapel of the Holy Cross is known as one of the strongest vortexes – a place where you can feel a strong energy filled with love, happiness, and oneness with nature. I can’t say I felt anything out of the ordinary, but we didn’t go up to the church itself. Maybe on the next trip I’ll have to do a little less with my camera and more with my spiritual being. 🙂

Chapel of the Holy Cross Sedona Vortex

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

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Who couldn’t be happy once they discovered this little guy peeking his head around dry blades of grass to say hello week, I am ready for you!

Cute Ground Squirrel

Camera: Fuji FinePix S5100 (retired)
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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