Scottsdale

A Painted Sky

by Kristi Hines

It’s not monsoon season yet, but sometimes you get lucky with a cloudy and almost stormy day here in Arizona.

A Painted Sky

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

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Scottsdale Sunset

by Kristi Hines

One evening, while doing a quick run out to the store for some last minute dinner fixings, I noticed a particularly nice sunset that was happening. Since I have been keeping my tripod in my car and carrying my Nikon everywhere in a camera bag that masquerades as my purse, I was armed and ready. I pulled off the road and parked next to some kind of storage building and caught the sunset right before it disappeared.

Scottsdale Sunset

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

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Sunflower Wedding

by Kristi Hines

When my husband and I got married, our wedding theme revolved around sunflowers. The morning of the wedding, I decided to take a few flowers out of the pile and experiment with a little photography of our wedding jewelry. I thought this one came out the best.

Wedding Rings Jewelry on Sunflowers

Camera: Fuji FinePix S5100 (retired)
Details: Shot at 5.7mm, 1/400s – F/2.8, ISO 100
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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The Twisted Tree

by Kristi Hines

While my husband was shooting the sunset I was admiring the twisted trunk of a tree that had a nice bit of accent lighting hitting it in just the right ways. Unfortunately, I didn’t have wider lens that evening, so I had to lay down right in the earth to get this shot just right. But it worked out perfectly!

Twisted Tree

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 55-200mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 55mm, 1/30s – F/4, ISO 200
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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You can find beauty everywhere, even on your way to work. One lucky morning, I stumbled upon a hummingbird’s nest in the trees right outside my office doors. I got to watch the journey from when these birds were only eggs in the nest to the day that they flew off to start building nests of their own. A truly wonderful bird-watching experience that happened in an otherwise mundane place.

Baby Hummingbirds

Camera: Fuji FinePix S5100 (retired)
Details: Shot at 5.7mm, 1/150s – F2.8, ISO 100
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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