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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Heading to Widforss Point

by Kristi Hines

I decided to take a few off the main path adventures around the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. One road on the way to Widforss Point brought me to this little scene in the forest.

Widforss Trail

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

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Time Kant Change

by Kristi Hines

While you can occasionally find some interesting quotes that are very artistic and meaningful compared to the environment they are written upon, most of the time you will find scenes like this that have a splash of PG-13.

Time Kant Change

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

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What Will Be Left Next Time

by Kristi Hines

My last thoughts when leaving the greyhound park was what would we would find on our next visit. Would things remain as they are now? Or will things be taken down, bit by bit, until nothing remains but a gutted, empty structure with nothing but graffiti covered walls and broken glass on the ground.

Black Canyon City Greyhound Park Remains

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

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There are only two sections of seating left at the greyhound park now. My guess is that on our next visit, even those will be gone. It’s kind of sad that at first whomever was taking the time to unbolt the chairs, but after awhile just started ripping them off the hinges.

Black Canyon Greyhound Park Yellow Section Red Seating

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

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The Back Row is Still Open

by Kristi Hines

Another look at the missing chairs from the dog track including a ghostly set of wires that is hanging down from the ceiling.

Black Canyon Dog Track Missing Seats

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

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Ticket Sales Are Closed

by Kristi Hines

Not sure why, but almost every shot I took from the weekend at the dog track had that pile of chairs in it.

Here’s another look into the main area and the now halfway destroyed ticket counter in the back. It was partially torn down the last time we were there too, but it seems like more has been pulled apart as this was the part of the counter I shot some letters on in a previous visit.

Black Canyon Greyhound Park Ticket Counter Demolished

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 50mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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No More Reserved Seating

by Kristi Hines

This weekend, we revisited my first big urbex location, the Black Canyon dog track. It’s sad to say, but it looks like someone is starting to clean / tear the place up, more so than just the usual vandalism.

On our previous visit, my husband took this shot of the seating. Fast forward to this weekend where we found what you see in the image below. More shots to come!

Black Canyon Greyhound Park Seating

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 50mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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A Failed Haboob

by Kristi Hines

Sticking with the monsoon theme, here’s what I would imagine a dust storm looks like in the beginning. This one didn’t do much and certainly was not a giant haboob, but it gives those not from the Southwest a feeling of the variety of conditions triggered by the monsoon season.

Arizona Dust Storm

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

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Urbex Along the Beeline

by Kristi Hines

While out doing our first bit of storm chasing for the monsoon season, we happened along this nice little piece of urbex right off the highway. With the great clouds in the sky, who could resist taking a little detour!

Saguaro Automotive Mesa in Arizona Urbex

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

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Ok, I know I promised a sunset shot over the Grand Canyon, but my husband beat me to it earlier this week. So I thought instead I would share this great shot from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon as the storms started heading in. While it might have ruined our chance to get one last sunset, the storms created their own stunning scene.

Rain Falls Over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

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

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Crane Lake

by Kristi Hines

Unfortunately, there were no cranes here at the time, but the forest and the clouds made it a wonderful spot to capture nonetheless. Would’ve loved to see some wildlife catching a sip or two… maybe next time!

Crane Lake Near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

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

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That’s what I told myself on Sunday at least. My goal for the day was to get some great shots at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and in the nearby forest, but by the time I got there, the skies were all dreary and the rain came in unpredictable bursts.

Fortunately, I took several stops along the way to catch some great moments, one being this nice road portrait with some puffy white clouds.

Also, just wanted to thank everyone for the comments and tweets recently. I’ve been slammed both at work and afterwards, so I haven’t gotten around to commenting as much as I’d like to. I’m hoping to do some nice catching up later this week or during the weekend. 🙂

It's the Journey, Not the Destination

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

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Well-lit Urbex

by Kristi Hines

There’s nothing like having just the right natural light when shooting urbex. The sun had risen just to the perfect point to illuminate the inside of Phoenix Trotting Park so we could find all the details.

Inside Phoenix Trotting Park

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

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The Rusty Link

by Kristi Hines

Today I have decided to jump into a little farmex with this photo taken near Lake Roosevelt. It was an interesting area – it went from straight desert to green grass on severely cracked and dehydrated land.

The Rusty Link

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

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These Words Are All I Have

by Kristi Hines

I couldn’t find this quote online to attribute it to someone else. So I’m attributing it to a true artist or poet somewhere out in the desert that happens to like a little street art.

Queen Creek Arizona Urbex Graffiti

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

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Ghostly Mill

by Kristi Hines

One of the final shots I took on the Tempe Photowalk was of the abandoned Hayden Flour Mill. This building is locked down as far as security goes, so there is little chance of getting in without being caught and prosecuted. So for now, I will admire it from afar.

Hayden Flour Mill Arizona Urbex

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

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The Tempe Light Rail

by Kristi Hines

Next on our Tempe Photowalk tour is the impressive light rail bridge and railroad track over Tempe Town Lake. In the background to the left of the V, you can also see the Hayden Flour Mill across the way. Ah, that building calls to me saying come in, photograph me – be a part of an ultimate urbex experience.

Tempe Light Rail and Railroad Track

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

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Smile With Love

by Kristi Hines

My next find during the Tempe Photowalk was this bit of writing underneath another part of the bridge. I thought it was a great message for midweek!

Smile With Love

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

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Do Not Climb On Bridge

by Kristi Hines

This is my first photo from the Tempe Photowalk. On this trip, I decided to try going in the opposite direction of the rest of the group to find some different shots, and this was the first scene that caught my eye.

Huge thanks to Mike Olbinski for organizing another great urban photographic adventure!

Tempe Town Lake Bridge

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

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Out of Order

by Kristi Hines

If there is one toilet that is definitely out of order, it is the one in this photo from the Black Canyon dog track. Can you spot it?

Inside Black Canyon Greyhound Park

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

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Early Morning Light

by Kristi Hines

One of the things that is fascinating about shooting urbex locations like Phoenix Trotting Park is watching how everything changes as the light starts pouring into the building. When the dark spaces become illuminated, new compositions emerge.

Early Morning Light Inside Phoenix Trotting Park

Don’t miss the conclusion of Jason’s pics from Trotting Park on Monday!

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

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V7

by Kristi Hines

When I walked into this room in Phoenix Trotting Park, I called dibs. My only regret is that I didn’t stick my head inside… not sure what this is or where it goes, but the curiosity lingers.

Inside Phoenix Trotting Park

Be sure to stay tuned – one last image (for this week anyway) still to come! Also, don’t miss Jason’s pics from Trotting Park too!

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

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Going Up

by Kristi Hines

Today’s image from Phoenix Trotting Park is of an interesting escalator. One of my goals when shooting with Jason is to try to get a different perspective, and in this case, I did. The blue of the railing just caught my eye, and as I shot it at different angles, I found the perfect spot where you could see the blue peeking through at the top.

Going Up the Escalator at Phoenix Trotting Park

Be sure to stay tuned – more images from inside are still to come! Also, don’t miss Jason’s pics from Trotting Park too!

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

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This weekend, my husband and I took a nice little urbex adventure to the Phoenix Trotting Park in Goodyear, AZ. We had spotted this building while driving out to the World Wildlife Zoo, home to those cute lemurs I posted a week or two ago. This place called our names saying “explore me, photograph me” and as lovers of urbex, how could we resist.

Jason took some time to do some research, and one of the common tales told by anyone who has entered the place is that it is fairly likely that you will get escorted off the premises by the authorities thanks to some nosy residents across the way. So we did this like a covert mission in a James Bond movie, and the operation was a success.

My opening image is probably the most simple from the entire trip. The sun hadn’t quite risen yet, but there was enough light outside to see out the huge grandstand area. I have to admit, up until we got to this area and started shooting, the place was super creepy. Once the camera was out, it went from creepy to urbex awesomeness.

Phoenix Trotting Park in Goodyear Arizona

Be sure to stay tuned – the best images from inside are still to come! Also, don’t miss Jason’s pics from Trotting Park too!

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

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Emo Frown

by Kristi Hines

Today we go back inside the Black Canyon dog track to the wall opposite of The Watchmen. This little sad face could not go un-photographed!

Emo Frown Inside Abandoned Black Canyon Dog Track

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

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Too Little Justice

by Kristi Hines

This shot is standing in what used to be the Standard Oil Products in northern Arizona, home to a lot of graffiti and tumbleweed. Another shot that just reminds me how much I’m itching to do some more urbex!

Inside Standard Oil Products Abandoned Building in Northern Arizona

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

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I’m not sure where we were in the drive to Monument Valley, but we stopped off to take some shots. There was a tunnel nearby that was interesting, but I was more fascinating with this scene.

Along the Road in Northern Arizona

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

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Hoot Hoot

by Kristi Hines

Another gem from my urbex trip to the Black Canyon Greyhound Park. I couldn’t resist capturing this as it reminded me of Twitter and how lost I am without my HootSuite.

Hoot Hoot Inside Black Canyon Greyhound Park

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

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Downtown Tempe at Night

by Kristi Hines

While my hubby was shooting the light rail bridge, I thought I would take a shot of downtown Tempe. At the center of it is the Hayden Flour Mill, an abandoned building just begging for a little exploration. From what I’ve read it’s pretty locked down though with video surveillance and/or live security, which is a damn shame!

Downtown Tempe - Hayden Flour Mill at Night

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

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I See You Inside Two Guns

by Kristi Hines

On the way back from Monument Valley, we noticed the exit for Two Guns and couldn’t resist, considering the great urbex photos we had seen by Mike Olbinski, Rick Young, Chris Frailey, and Ken Peterson from that spot.

The one of the major challenges of shooting at Two Guns is capturing the least offensive graffiti as possible. So I apologize in advance if there’s something a bit offensive in here, but I think I left out the worst of it while giving you a great look inside one of the buildings. Just remember – they are watching you!

I See You Inside Two Guns Arizona

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

by Kristi Hines

Somewhere in Northern Arizona (near Tuba City) on the way to Monument Valley, we spotted some urbex too good to pass up. Once called Standard Oil Products, this place is now filled with graffiti and a large collection of one of my favorite things about the desert – tumbleweed!

Standard Oil Products in Cow Springs, Tuba City Arizona Urbex

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

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Forrest Gump

by Kristi Hines

Sometimes you end up finding things you don’t expect when on the road. While we were shooting a rainstorm over Monument Valley, I saw a sign on the sign of the road that said Forest Gump. Upon closer inspection, it was a sign that marks the spot where Forest ends his cross country run in 1980 in the movie Forrest Gump. I love this movie, so this shot is easily one of my favorites from our anniversary weekend road trip.

Forrest Gump Ends His Cross Country Run at This Spot 1980

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

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Fallen Tree

by Kristi Hines

While my husband was chasing down the perfect sunset and shooting leaning shacks, I was capturing everything in between during the hike over. One of the things that caught my eye was this fallen tree. It had a bit of a 3D feel to it when I got to processing, so I didn’t want to mess with it too much.

On a side note, just got back from Utah! The hubby and I had a wonderful time. We shot lots of urbex, storms, and landscape – it will take a bit to get them processed, but we’re excited to be sharing those photos with you in the not too distant future!

Fallen Tree in Prescott, Arizona

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

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Furniture or Reservations?

by Kristi Hines

My final shot (for now) from the dog track in Black Canyon City. This is a look into the main area. If you look all the way in the back, you can even see a randomly misplaced toilet!

Black Canyon City Greyhound Park Dog Track Reservations

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

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Who Watches the Watchmen

by Kristi Hines

I’ve watched the movie a few times myself, and there are really three words that define the entire movie. I’ll leave it up to you to guess what those three words are.

So imagine how amusing it was to see this at the dog track?

Who Watches the Watchmen

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

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Piping Inside the Back Room

by Kristi Hines

After I had become comfortable enough with my surroundings at the Black Canyon Greyhound Park, I started sneaking into the darker rooms behind the ticket counter. Not the pitch black rooms, mind you, but the ones that had some natural light coming into them. Next time I’ll remember to bring a flashlight!

Piping Inside Black Canyon Greyhound Park Dog Track

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

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Return to Sender

by Kristi Hines

While the walls, broken glass, and chairs were all interesting things to capture, I decided to take a peak into the papers that were strewn around the ticketing counter of the Black Canyon Greyhound Park.

Return to Sender Letters at the Black Canyon Dog Track

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

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Pull Up a Chair

by Kristi Hines

This weekend, I found a new love, but nothing my husband has to be jealous of. It’s a love for urbex photography. We finally got to what seems like a rite of passage for Arizona photogs – the Black Canyon Greyhound Park, a dog track in Black Canyon City that has been abandoned since the late 1980s. The first photos of interest were all of the chairs – not the seats in the grandstand, but the single chairs littered throughout the place.

Broken Glass and Chairs at Black Canyon City Dog Track

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

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Photos of Nothing

by Kristi Hines

Nothing, Arizona that is. On my first solo drive to Las Vegas, I decided to stop and take a few photos around this little area with a population of 4.

Nothing, Arizona

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

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