July 2011

Heading to Widforss Point

by Kristi Hines

I decided to take a few off the main path adventures around the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. One road on the way to Widforss Point brought me to this little scene in the forest.

Widforss Trail

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

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Time Kant Change

by Kristi Hines

While you can occasionally find some interesting quotes that are very artistic and meaningful compared to the environment they are written upon, most of the time you will find scenes like this that have a splash of PG-13.

Time Kant Change

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

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4 Bolts

by Kristi Hines

Another photo from my first serious lightning shoot. Haven’t caught a good one since, but that just makes all of the captures from the first time more special.

This one was almost a 5-bolt… can you spot where the fifth one almost emerged?

4 Bolts of Lightning

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

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The Pier

by Kristi Hines

Another shot from my pre-HDR days. But I still love the composition.

A special thanks to my husband, whose Photoshop skills saved this (and a full day’s worth of photos) from a silly S shaped dust spot that was on my sensor.

The Pier

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

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Prairie Dog Portrait

by Kristi Hines

Since last week ended on a bit of a sad note with the slow deconstruction of my first urbex shooting location, I thought this week we’d start off with something cute! Say hello to Mr. (or Mrs.) Prairie Dog that decided to hop up and pose for this shot!

Prairie Dog Portrait

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

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What Will Be Left Next Time

by Kristi Hines

My last thoughts when leaving the greyhound park was what would we would find on our next visit. Would things remain as they are now? Or will things be taken down, bit by bit, until nothing remains but a gutted, empty structure with nothing but graffiti covered walls and broken glass on the ground.

Black Canyon City Greyhound Park Remains

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

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There are only two sections of seating left at the greyhound park now. My guess is that on our next visit, even those will be gone. It’s kind of sad that at first whomever was taking the time to unbolt the chairs, but after awhile just started ripping them off the hinges.

Black Canyon Greyhound Park Yellow Section Red Seating

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

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The Back Row is Still Open

by Kristi Hines

Another look at the missing chairs from the dog track including a ghostly set of wires that is hanging down from the ceiling.

Black Canyon Dog Track Missing Seats

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

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Ticket Sales Are Closed

by Kristi Hines

Not sure why, but almost every shot I took from the weekend at the dog track had that pile of chairs in it.

Here’s another look into the main area and the now halfway destroyed ticket counter in the back. It was partially torn down the last time we were there too, but it seems like more has been pulled apart as this was the part of the counter I shot some letters on in a previous visit.

Black Canyon Greyhound Park Ticket Counter Demolished

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 50mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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No More Reserved Seating

by Kristi Hines

This weekend, we revisited my first big urbex location, the Black Canyon dog track. It’s sad to say, but it looks like someone is starting to clean / tear the place up, more so than just the usual vandalism.

On our previous visit, my husband took this shot of the seating. Fast forward to this weekend where we found what you see in the image below. More shots to come!

Black Canyon Greyhound Park Seating

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 50mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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A Failed Haboob

by Kristi Hines

Sticking with the monsoon theme, here’s what I would imagine a dust storm looks like in the beginning. This one didn’t do much and certainly was not a giant haboob, but it gives those not from the Southwest a feeling of the variety of conditions triggered by the monsoon season.

Arizona Dust Storm

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

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The Stickman

by Kristi Hines

With all the good lightning, I really couldn’t resist doing another shot this week. I thought about devoting the whole week to lightning, but then thought I’d save some to sprinkle in every now and again. This one reminded me of a stickman walking across the valley. Wonder where he was headed?

Arizona Lightning Pictures

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

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Here Lizard Lizard

by Kristi Hines

Over the July 4th holiday while shooting at the Grand Canyon, I spotted a LOT of lizards. I tend to shoot them from a distance at first and slowly sneak up on them, but this one was kind enough to pose for me for a little while.

Here Lizard Lizard

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-200mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Urbex Along the Beeline

by Kristi Hines

While out doing our first bit of storm chasing for the monsoon season, we happened along this nice little piece of urbex right off the highway. With the great clouds in the sky, who could resist taking a little detour!

Saguaro Automotive Mesa in Arizona Urbex

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

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Monsoon Lightning

by Kristi Hines

A week ago I shot my first bolt of lightning. Fast forward to this weekend and I now have several awesome lightning shots, but by far, this one was my favorite. Thank you monsoon season for giving me lots of electrical magic to practice with!

Arizona Monsoon Lightning

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

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Ok, I know I promised a sunset shot over the Grand Canyon, but my husband beat me to it earlier this week. So I thought instead I would share this great shot from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon as the storms started heading in. While it might have ruined our chance to get one last sunset, the storms created their own stunning scene.

Rain Falls Over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

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

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Crane Lake

by Kristi Hines

Unfortunately, there were no cranes here at the time, but the forest and the clouds made it a wonderful spot to capture nonetheless. Would’ve loved to see some wildlife catching a sip or two… maybe next time!

Crane Lake Near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

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

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That’s what I told myself on Sunday at least. My goal for the day was to get some great shots at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and in the nearby forest, but by the time I got there, the skies were all dreary and the rain came in unpredictable bursts.

Fortunately, I took several stops along the way to catch some great moments, one being this nice road portrait with some puffy white clouds.

Also, just wanted to thank everyone for the comments and tweets recently. I’ve been slammed both at work and afterwards, so I haven’t gotten around to commenting as much as I’d like to. I’m hoping to do some nice catching up later this week or during the weekend. 🙂

It's the Journey, Not the Destination

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

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Nature’s Light Show

by Kristi Hines

This weekend, my husband and I spent a fabulous weekend in Northern Arizona, enjoying nature. Although we may not have caught any fireworks on the 4th of July, we did catch a little light show inspired by mother nature herself. It’s not the greatest of all lightning shots, but it was my first successful capture so I had to share it as one of my proud moments from the trip. Will definitely have to get more practice with this now that monsoon season is upon us in the southwest!

More images from this weekend are coming up, including some puffy white cloudy goodness and the Grand Canyon at sunset!

Lightning at Sunset

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

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I probably should have looked around for a little plaque to tell me what this gentleman represented, but I just took the shot and kept moving along. He stands outside New York New York casino in Vegas, always looking up above the strip.

The Man Outside New York New York Casino in Las Vegas

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

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