Arizona

Doorways

by Kristi Hines

One thing I didn’t expect to find while out hiking in Sedona was a little bit of urbex heaven. Yet, here I was, standing inside this little rundown building, looking at two perfectly aligned doorways.

Sedona Urbex - Doorways

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

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A few weeks ago, I took the photography tour in Upper Antelope Canyon. They did an impressive job of clearing people out of the way so the photographers could set up their tripods and shoot the canyon with minimal interruptions. This is the first shot from that series!

Inside Upper Antelope Canyon Photography Tour

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

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Since I haven’t gotten a chance to process photos from Antelope Canyon yet, I thought I’d share this cute picture of our dog Dobby at the park. 🙂

Dobby the Miniature Schnauzer

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

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I’ve decided that fall is my favorite season, and I would love to spend it in Sedona, Arizona. This is another shot from my first camping trip of the fall colors framed by a large, fallen tree.

Natural Framing of the Fall Colors

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Closeup with a Chicken

by Kristi Hines

While wandering around the Gold King Mine Ghost Town, I discovered that I really liked chickens. Not eating them, mind you, but photographing them.

Closeup Chicken

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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For a while here in Arizona, I thought we had escaped the winter with several days in the 70’s. But that changed this Tuesday (Valentine’s Day) when it dropped back to a chilly temp. Chilly for us in Phoenix at least. In tribute, I decided to post something wintry.

The Lonely Snow Covered Trees at the Grand Canyon

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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The Laughing Camel

by Kristi Hines

There’s nothing like catching an animal at the right time, kind of like this shot of a camel who looks like he just heard a great joke…

The Laughing Camel

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

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A Turtle in the Park

by Kristi Hines

I love how random things in life happen. This photo was taken while strolling through a local park where we found a turtle just hanging out in the grass. No idea how he (or she) got there.

Turtle at the Park

Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z1275 (Retired)
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Morning Snack

by Kristi Hines

This photo is from last year’s trip to the Grand Canyon. As we were driving into the park, we saw this guy just grazing on the tree. We stopped the car on the side of the road and jumped out to get photos. He didn’t seem to mind as he was busy snacking!

Deer in the Snow at the Grand Canyon

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

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I have to admit, I’m usually not enthused about the cold or being up early in the morning. But being at the Grand Canyon early on a foggy day when you only get a few glimpses from the rim can pay off at the right moments.

Snow Covered Grand Canyon from Bright Angel Trail

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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It Was Blue Hour…

by Kristi Hines

This shot was taken around blue hour, but thanks to a messed up white balance, it looked like pink hour. I’m a fan of infrared photography, and so far this is the closest I’ve gotten to that same affect.

Blue Hour at the Snow Covered Grand Canyon

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Winter Wonderland

by Kristi Hines

Many photographers would say there is nothing worse than pure blue sky when shooting a landscape scene, but there is something perfect about it when paired with snow!

Winter Wonderland Snow Covered Grand Canyon

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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This weekend, we traveled to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon after a nice snowfall. If you have ever wanted to see deer, this is the best time. I thought I was lucky to see about 9 early in the morning, but by the end of the day, we had probably seen around 40 in various places (including one group of about 15 just running through the snow-covered woods. This group was grazing and not too concerned about us taking pictures of them.

Deer at the South Rim of the Snow Covered Grand Canyon

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Fall Reflections

by Kristi Hines

Water always seems to be the calmest in the morning, which led to this serene moment where I could see the fall colors reflecting in the nearby stream.

Fall Reflections

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Camping in the Fall

by Kristi Hines

This was the scene of my first camping experience in the beautiful campgrounds of Lo Lo Mai Springs outside of Sedona, Arizona. For anyone looking for a place to camp in that area, I would definitely recommend this place, especially during the fall. The colors around the campgrounds were absolutely gorgeous! More photos from this area to come next week!

Thanks Chris Frailey for sharing the photos of raccoons from here!

Lo Lo Mai Springs Campground Sedona Arizona Fall 2011

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Jerome in the Fall

by Kristi Hines

This past weekend, my husband and I took a trip out to Jerome, AZ for another visit to the Gold King Ghost Mine Town. Along the way, while scoping out a way to get to an urbex scene down the hill, I looked up and noticed what remained of the fall colors in the town.

Jerome Fall Colors

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

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It’s Arth

by Kristi Hines

I think it’s official – my favorite two things to photograph are wildlife and urbex, and I simply have not had enough of the latter in my photo activities. I’m sure that must be why I have lacked enthusiasm with my lens. So I have decided to revisit some of my urbex shots, this one from the Queen Creek area.

Queen Creek Urbex Arizona

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

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Red Rock

by Kristi Hines

While out on my first canyoneering trip, I managed to notice some of the intricate details of the nature around me. This red rock looked perfectly placed in this spot and it begged to be photographed.

The Red Rock

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

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True Colors

by Kristi Hines

That’s right, I’m still stuck on the fall colors. I was hoping to get some shooting done in California this past weekend around my trip to Blog World, but the weather on the drive back was none to pleasing, so that idea was a bust. So much for the Salton Sea. 🙁

Fall Colors in Oak Creek Canyon Sedona, AZ

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

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The Shady Stump

by Kristi Hines

It’s not often you see something creepy during the day, but when the light in the woods falls just the right way, you’ll find it. In this case, it was a hollowed-out tree stump in the midst of the lovely fall colors. I had hoped to find an owl sleeping in it, but oh well.

Oak Creek Canyon

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

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Fallen Leaves

by Kristi Hines

One of the things I really enjoy about going handheld is seeing things I might normally notice, such as the beauty of the fallen leaves. Mixed with the rocks, it felt very zen-like.

Fall Colors in Sedona Oak Creek Canyon

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

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Cathedral Rock in the Fall

by Kristi Hines

This is probably one of the most photographed natural wonders in Sedona… and it’s easy to see why. There are just so many sides to photograph it from!

Cathedral Rock Sedona

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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