June 2011

I’m really not sure what this used to be, but it was some ruins on the side of the road in Jerome. Inside was an weather-worn copy of the book Policy Paradox and Political Reason that I’ll post at a later date when I’m feeling a bit bookish.

Crumbling Ruins in Jerome, AZ

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

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Well-lit Urbex

by Kristi Hines

There’s nothing like having just the right natural light when shooting urbex. The sun had risen just to the perfect point to illuminate the inside of Phoenix Trotting Park so we could find all the details.

Inside Phoenix Trotting Park

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

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Sunset Painted Skies

by Kristi Hines

Sometimes, you just can’t beat a beautiful sunset!

Sunset Painted Skies

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

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Baby Elephant at Play

by Kristi Hines

Good Monday morning everyone! This shot was taken at the Melbourne Zoo. While watching a family of elephants walk through their playground, this little guy decided it was time for a cool down near the water.

Baby Elephant

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

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Taking a Breather

by Kristi Hines

On my way out of the office the other evening, I got the opportunity to watch two hummingbirds at play, chasing each other back and forth between trees and bushes. It seemed like they had designated “time outs” that they would take in this one tree. Here’s one of the little guys, catching his or her breath before the next super sonic chase. Reminds me of the first time I saw hummingbirds growing up right outside my office.

Hummingbird

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

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The Rusty Link

by Kristi Hines

Today I have decided to jump into a little farmex with this photo taken near Lake Roosevelt. It was an interesting area – it went from straight desert to green grass on severely cracked and dehydrated land.

The Rusty Link

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

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These Words Are All I Have

by Kristi Hines

I couldn’t find this quote online to attribute it to someone else. So I’m attributing it to a true artist or poet somewhere out in the desert that happens to like a little street art.

Queen Creek Arizona Urbex Graffiti

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

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An Evening at the Pinnacles

by Kristi Hines

This is another shot from Australia. If I had it over again, I would have learned about HDR before going on that trip, but I think despite that I still got some lovely compositions, including this one before sunset.

Sunset at the Pinnacles

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

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I’m always confused on whether these little guys are ground squirrels or chipmunks, but whatever they are, there are a lot of them running around in the Arizona desert, and they are cute as all get out. Happy Monday everyone!

Ground Squirrel in the Desert

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

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Ghostly Mill

by Kristi Hines

One of the final shots I took on the Tempe Photowalk was of the abandoned Hayden Flour Mill. This building is locked down as far as security goes, so there is little chance of getting in without being caught and prosecuted. So for now, I will admire it from afar.

Hayden Flour Mill Arizona Urbex

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

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The Tempe Light Rail

by Kristi Hines

Next on our Tempe Photowalk tour is the impressive light rail bridge and railroad track over Tempe Town Lake. In the background to the left of the V, you can also see the Hayden Flour Mill across the way. Ah, that building calls to me saying come in, photograph me – be a part of an ultimate urbex experience.

Tempe Light Rail and Railroad Track

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

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Smile With Love

by Kristi Hines

My next find during the Tempe Photowalk was this bit of writing underneath another part of the bridge. I thought it was a great message for midweek!

Smile With Love

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

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Do Not Climb On Bridge

by Kristi Hines

This is my first photo from the Tempe Photowalk. On this trip, I decided to try going in the opposite direction of the rest of the group to find some different shots, and this was the first scene that caught my eye.

Huge thanks to Mike Olbinski for organizing another great urban photographic adventure!

Tempe Town Lake Bridge

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

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Greeting a New Week

by Kristi Hines

Last week was a bit of a whirlwind, but ended on the high notes of an awesome photowalk (pictures starting tomorrow) and a (hopefully) fully recovered kitty. So this week I am greeting with open wings in hopes that everything will stay on a positive note with no drama or cat-tastrophes! 🙂

Flamingo

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

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The Mysterious Apostle

by Kristi Hines

One of the places my husband was looking forward to shooting the most was The Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road in Australia. I saw one video of the place, but really nothing can convey the beauty of it all until you are standing along the viewing points looking out into the ocean and at these monstrous formations.

Be sure to also check out Jason’s shot of this awesome place, which is currently sitting on the front page of HDR Spotting.

Mysterious Twelve Apostles Formation

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

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Out of Order

by Kristi Hines

If there is one toilet that is definitely out of order, it is the one in this photo from the Black Canyon dog track. Can you spot it?

Inside Black Canyon Greyhound Park

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

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A Painted Sky

by Kristi Hines

It’s not monsoon season yet, but sometimes you get lucky with a cloudy and almost stormy day here in Arizona.

A Painted Sky

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

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Standing Tall

by Kristi Hines

One of the first road trips my husband and I made together was to Mt. Lemmon near Tucson, Arizona. There were lots of great trails to hike, and great trees to photograph. It was before I had an appreciation for just how awesome clouds were in photos, but luckily I took advantage of them when I had the chance.

Tree at Mt. Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona

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

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Meet Jim

by Kristi Hines

Jim is a friendly lad that Jason and I got the pleasure of meeting at Maru Animal Park in Australia. He was getting ready for a morning nap (because koalas like to sleep for about 22 hours a day), but he perked up just a bit when we got to get up close and personal with him.

Jim the Koala at Maru Animal Park
Jim the Koala at Maru Animal Park

After we finished petting him, I stuck my camera underneath the branch he was resting on to get a closeup. And yes, they’re just as cuddly and cute in person as you would imagine they would be.

Jim the Koala at Maru Animal Park

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

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Early Morning Light

by Kristi Hines

One of the things that is fascinating about shooting urbex locations like Phoenix Trotting Park is watching how everything changes as the light starts pouring into the building. When the dark spaces become illuminated, new compositions emerge.

Early Morning Light Inside Phoenix Trotting Park

Don’t miss the conclusion of Jason’s pics from Trotting Park on Monday!

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

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V7

by Kristi Hines

When I walked into this room in Phoenix Trotting Park, I called dibs. My only regret is that I didn’t stick my head inside… not sure what this is or where it goes, but the curiosity lingers.

Inside Phoenix Trotting Park

Be sure to stay tuned – one last image (for this week anyway) 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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Going Up

by Kristi Hines

Today’s image from Phoenix Trotting Park is of an interesting escalator. One of my goals when shooting with Jason is to try to get a different perspective, and in this case, I did. The blue of the railing just caught my eye, and as I shot it at different angles, I found the perfect spot where you could see the blue peeking through at the top.

Going Up the Escalator at Phoenix Trotting Park

Be sure to stay tuned – more 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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