August 2011

Can you spot them?

Newlyweds at Cathedral Rock Sedona

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

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Wrecked

by Kristi Hines

Something about an old, rusted up vehicle that is just hanging out, somewhat abandoned always makes for a great subject to shoot.

Old Rusted Truck Wreckage

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 70-300mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Emu Sees You

by Kristi Hines

Some stars are born ready for their closeup. This bird was definitely one of them – she gave me a little time to get a great face forward shot before wandering away.

Emu Closeup

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

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Get a Room Already

by Kristi Hines

You can say this about a lot of various scenes around Vegas, but this particular thought ran through my mind when I was watching these birds.

Angry Birds

Camera: Nikon D90 with 50mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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The Blooming Ceiling

by Kristi Hines

The inside of the Bellagio holds a lot of beautiful art to photograph freely, including this colorful glass display of huge blossoms located above the registration area.

Inside the Bellagio

Camera: Nikon D90 with 50mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Vegas Lights

by Kristi Hines

I have to apologize for my aberration from HDR lately. I *might* finally be getting over several weeks with mono, but during the weeks I had it (including this trip to Vegas), my main goal was conserving energy whenever possible. So instead of hauling around the tripod and my camera gear, I just did some freestyle shooting with my new 50 prime. I think it did really well for handheld!

Vegas Strip at Night

Camera: Nikon D90 with 50mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Mr. Smiles

by Kristi Hines

Inside Caesar’s Palace’s Forum Shops is a huge aquarium. I don’t miss seeing this place every time I go because I absolutely love the stingrays. The reason is because of their happy looking underbelly which they love to rub up on the glass.

Stingray

Camera: Nikon D90 with 50mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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The Waves Crash Around

by Kristi Hines

This was another stop off the Great Ocean Road in Australia. It was before I knew about HDR and the need for clouds instead of blue skies, but I think for the beach, blue skies are just perfect!

Great Ocean Road

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

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Old Letters

by Kristi Hines

On the last trip to the greyhound park in Black Canyon City, I thought I’d take advantage of my new 50mm lens and use it on the old letters that were lying around behind the ticket counter. I’d say this lens definitely did a much better job than my last attempt at a similar shot.

Old Letter

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

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Sunflower Fields

by Kristi Hines

I’ve always wanted to be surrounded by sunflowers as they are my favorite flowers. I haven’t had that opportunity yet, but I did get to create the effect at the Conservatory in the Bellagio.

Sunflower Fields

Camera: Nikon D90 with 50mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Say Cheese

by Kristi Hines

Nothing says love like a beautiful portrait of a couple. Especially when one member of the couple is showing off her big, toothy grin! Happy Monday! 🙂

Camels in Love

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 70-300mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Out of Focus on the Beach

by Kristi Hines

You know how sometimes, you take a photo planning to do one thing, but then it comes out completely different? This is one of those shots. It was pre-HDR and pre-Nikon, and all I wanted to do was get a closeup of the little thing on the sand. But what I captured was the beautiful sky in the background instead…

The Beach

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

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123

by Kristi Hines

For this week’s urbex adventure, I’m pulling another shot from inside Phoenix Trotting Park. This was probably the most colorful room in an urbex location that was not covered in graffiti.

123 Arizona Trotting Park Urbex

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

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The Vista

by Kristi Hines

Sometimes those random turn off points can be the home to some amazing views.

The Lookout

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

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What Are You Looking At

by Kristi Hines

I’m pretty sure that’s just what these guys were thinking as I was snapping shots of them, trying to frame up a good composition while wondering if they were going to stampede at me. Fortunately when they did start moving, they just crossed the road and went down the other side of the hill. I felt like the little guy was curious but the big one just kept nudging him along.

Cows

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 70-300mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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I love urbex… I won’t deny it. We didn’t stay long at this urbex along the Beeline Highway since there wasn’t a lot to shoot, but each shot we did get was awesome. Like this one that just proves how determined street artists are – they covered every inch of this building, all the way down to the underside of the stairs. If they could reach it, they tagged it!

Arizona Urbex Along the Beeline Highway 87

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

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A Little Monkey Business

by Kristi Hines

For the life of me, I have no idea what kind of monkeys these are, but the only important thing is there is a baby monkey involved. No one can resist that!

Baby Monkey

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

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Lightning During the Day

by Kristi Hines

Capturing lightning during the day is a bit of a trickier feat as you can’t leave the shutter open as long without having a completely over-exposed image. So in essence, with the faster shutter speed, you just have to get luckier. And this afternoon, I did just that!

Lightning During the Day

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

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The Rolling Hills

by Kristi Hines

Or as close to rolling hills as you can get in Arizona. While storm chasing over the weekend, we pulled off the road to take in some lovely cloud action while being watched by a large black bull and his calf. I was pretty sure he was going to chase us, but they just crossed the road instead.

Tonto National Forest

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

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