Phoenix

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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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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Taking a Breather

by Kristi Hines

On my way out of the office the other evening, I got the opportunity to watch two hummingbirds at play, chasing each other back and forth between trees and bushes. It seemed like they had designated “time outs” that they would take in this one tree. Here’s one of the little guys, catching his or her breath before the next super sonic chase. Reminds me of the first time I saw hummingbirds growing up right outside my office.

Hummingbird

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

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I’m always confused on whether these little guys are ground squirrels or chipmunks, but whatever they are, there are a lot of them running around in the Arizona desert, and they are cute as all get out. Happy Monday everyone!

Ground Squirrel in the Desert

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

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Greeting a New Week

by Kristi Hines

Last week was a bit of a whirlwind, but ended on the high notes of an awesome photowalk (pictures starting tomorrow) and a (hopefully) fully recovered kitty. So this week I am greeting with open wings in hopes that everything will stay on a positive note with no drama or cat-tastrophes! :)

Flamingo

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

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Who couldn’t be happy once they discovered this little guy peeking his head around dry blades of grass to say hello week, I am ready for you!

Cute Ground Squirrel

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

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Now I will tell you that my tripod was not built to handle this well, and I found myself in some awkward positions. The following (another in the interesting green-lit alleyway) required me to get on the ground between a SUV and a dumpster. It was well worth it in the end for this spooky shot.

Stairs in a Green Alleyway Downtown Phoenix

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 18mm, F/18
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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Continuing my series of lessons learned during my first photowalk in downtown Phoenix, the second thing I learned was that you shouldn’t worry about getting left behind to the point that you let go of what feels like a perfect shot.

Even though I was sure that several other people might have gotten it, I saw this perfect alignment of a chair and other miscellaneous items in a green lit alleyway with the backdrop of a barbwire fence. But by the time we caught up with the group to part ways for the evening and returned to the scene, everything had been moved around and the chair was taken.

So instead, I was left with this shot from earlier.

Barbwire in Downtown Phoenix

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 18mm, F/16
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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Here is my first favorite urbEx photo of the evening as well as first attempt at HDR processing. Parking meters mean a little more to me after traveling to Melbourne Australia and having to be on the lookout for them. Missing just one can cost you a hefty fee in parking tickets.

Parking Meter in Downtown Phoenix

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 18mm, F/11
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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