October 2011

Going Back to the Basics

by Kristi Hines

As some of you might have noticed, I’ve been quiet on the photo-front. Over the past several weeks, I was in the final transition between 9 to 5 and becoming self-employed which involved a lot of 14+ hour workdays between my main job and securing freelance work on the side. Today is the first day that I am fully self-employed, which means after about eight hours (or less) in front of the computer, I’ll be done with work every day which is going to make a HUGE difference in my free time.

During this busy time, I didn’t do a lot of photography, and when I did, I didn’t have the same enthusiasm for it. So I decided to go back to the photo style I love – handheld and tripod-free. Something about it just makes me feel a bit more creative. I’ll still keep doing HDR from time to time, but I think for a bit I will bond with my camera + 50mm prime or my new little point & shoot (that still, thankfully, has some good manual settings) like I did in Sedona this past weekend. It was a beautiful little getaway, just me and my hubby enjoying the fall colors and crisp cool air before we both hit the road this week. I’ll be heading to Blog World in Los Angeles and he’ll be heading to southern Utah for a photo adventure!

Fall Colors in Oak Creek Canyon Near Sedona

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

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Photographer at Work

by Kristi Hines

This past weekend, I went on my first canyoneering adventure (photos here on Facebook). It was a pretty awesome experience, followed up by some of the worst soreness I’ve ever experienced in muscle groups I wasn’t sure existed until now.

I also took my new (get ready for it) point & shoot out for a spin because the last thing I wanted to do was carry any more gear with me while down-climbing and rappelling. My husband, on the other hand, was on the job, photographing everyone while they came down the canyon. I snapped this shot of him, hard at work in the evening light.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

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Alice-Eared Cat

by Kristi Hines

My husband and I have three cats. One of them, named Alice, has little black tufts of hair at the ends of her ears just like the bobcats at Bearizona do. Henceforth, I lovingly refer to bobcats as Alice-eared cats. 🙂

bobcat

Camera: Nikon D90 with 55-200mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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If you’re a resident of Arizona and you like wildlife parks, I highly recommend a trip out to Williams for a drive through Bearizona. At Bearizona, you can drive through and see bison, black bears, big horn sheep, and wolves right outside your car window. Further into the park, you can see other woodland creatures such as raccoons, bobcats, and smaller bears. They also have a show for the high country raptors including this beautiful owl that flew inches above my head.

European Eagle Owl - High Country Raptors - Bearizona

Camera: Nikon D90 with 55-200mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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She Collects Seashells…

by Kristi Hines

She collects seashells down by the seashore. That was me the last day of our Australia adventure – I hit the motherload of seashell collections!

She Collects Seashells by the Seashore

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

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A Wallaby with Noms

by Kristi Hines

Over the weekend, I went through my favorite photos from Australia. I’m definitely ready to get back there again, especially since I was a little less knowledgeable about photography and wound up shooting most things at a ridiculous ISO. And I mean ridiculous. But this was one of my favorite parts of the trip – feeding the wallabies. This guy was pretty happy with his noms!

Wallaby with Noms

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

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It feels like it’s been awhile since I posted some good ole urbex, so I thought I’d share the alternative perspective of the abandoned building along the Beeline Highway.

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

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Koala on the Move

by Kristi Hines

Further down the Great Ocean Road, we decided to take a detour towards the Camp Otway Lightstation. We didn’t make it all the way down to it because we noticed a bunch of people standing under a tree. We pulled off the road, grabbed our cameras, and found out what the fuss was about – there were koalas in the trees.

Ironically, we took a hike the day before to see koalas in “Koala Country” at Anakie Gorge and saw only one. After driving just a bit down this road, we ended up seeing around 11. This is one of them, holding on to its favorite spot on the branch.

Koala in Eucalyptus Tree Down Great Ocean Road Victoria Australia

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 300mm, 1/500s – F/5.6, ISO 900
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Counting Tree Rings

by Kristi Hines

Who knew the that counting tree rings could be such a colorful experience? This bright tree stump was on Mt. Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona.

Counting Tree Rings at Mt Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona

Camera: Fuji FinePix S2000HD
Details: Shot at 14.3mm, 1/90s – F/4.4, ISO 100
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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