September 2011

I have seen many sand castles in my lifetime, and even created a few simple ones (we’re talking back in the 80’s with the little pails that came with happy meals from McDonalds). But that’s beside the point. This sand castle was more than just someone shaping the sand. They managed to collect all of the random, unique, and beautiful items from the beach and put them together to create a little castle wonderland.

Sand Castle at Red Rocks Beach Phillip Island Australia

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 28mm, 1/125s – F/5.6, ISO 180
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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This shot was taken on a lovely, sunny day at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona. The vividly colorful Chihuly glass art that was on display in in 2009 created a brilliant contrast to the surrounding desert.

Chihuly Glass at Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona

Camera: Fuji FinePix S5100 (retired)
Details: Shot at 12mm, 1/340s – F/4.5, ISO 100
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Sunflower? I didn’t realize it at the time I was shooting wild sunflowers along the trail that I caught this little guy making his way down the petal. If I had, I would have zoomed in some more. 🙂

Spider Crawling Out of a Sunflower

Camera: Nikon D90 with Nikon 18-105mm
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Young Grasshopper

by Kristi Hines

Actually, I don’t know if this guy (or gal) is young or old, but it was definitely so large and colorful that it almost looked like a little toy that was left behind on the hiking trail.

Young Grasshopper

Camera: Nikon D90 with Nikon 18-105mm
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Fat Cat Portrait

by Kristi Hines

Sometimes you find all the right kinds of wrong in a photo. If only I had my 50mm prime at the time…

Portrait of a Fat Cat

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

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In downtown Phoenix, there is a beautiful, tranquil place known as the Japanese Friendship Garden. The first time I visited there, I found these lovely water lilies nearby the shore of the lake. After going a bit off the path, I got to get some great closeups of them, but in the end I liked the composition of this one the best.

Water Lilies in the Japanese Friendship Garden Phoenix, Arizona

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

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Is it a Vortex?

by Kristi Hines

I must be feeling love for Sedona this week with all the recent posts of Cathedral Rock and now this little rock pile I found while hiking around that same area. I figured it was a vortex marker, that or some kids really like organizing rocks.

Sedona Vortex

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

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Bracketing Gone Wrong

by Kristi Hines

Some days, me and my bracketing do not get along. I guess since my new Nikon D90 does it more automagically than my previous D3000, I’ve gotten a little lazy about checking my shots after taking them. Here’s an example of what can go wrong when you don’t (but I still loved the scene anyway).

Prescott Watson Lake

Camera: Nikon D90 with Nikon 18-105mm
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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A week or two ago, I posted a different view of Cathedral Rock with newlyweds between it and the water. Today, I thought I’d show it from a different perspective. Aside from the fact that there are people crawling all over the area, it would be lovely to live in that little house and have this nearby to view.

Cathedral Rock Sedona Arizona

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

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Sweet Magnolia

by Kristi Hines

I’m a product of the South, from good ole Mississippi. So imagine my surprise when I was halfway across the world and I found my state’s flower, the magnolia, in Australia of all unlikely places.

Sweet Magnolia

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

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Rusty Yellow Fire Hydrant

by Kristi Hines

And today, for literal title day, we have a little landmark that probably goes unnoticed by urbex photographers in a popular shooting location in AZ. 🙂

Rusty Yellow Fire Hydrant

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

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The Red Earth

by Kristi Hines

Somewhere along the highway in Northern Arizona, we stopped near a tunnel which normally would have had my attention due to its symmetry and bit of graffiti on the inside. But instead, I was attracted to the red of the dirt – it was soft like a beach without water and extremely vibrant!

Along the Highway from Arizona to Utah

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

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Bye Bye, Colorized

by Kristi Hines

A few weeks ago, my hubby posted a black and white version of this room from Trotter Park. I was all excited about titling mine Bye Bye until I realized he had done the same, but it is really too perfect of a title to pass up. So here, I present to you the colorized version of the same urbex room.

Trotter Park Goodyear Arizona

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

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