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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Emu Sees You

by Kristi Hines

Some stars are born ready for their closeup. This bird was definitely one of them – she gave me a little time to get a great face forward shot before wandering away.

Emu Closeup

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

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Get a Room Already

by Kristi Hines

You can say this about a lot of various scenes around Vegas, but this particular thought ran through my mind when I was watching these birds.

Angry Birds

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

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The Blooming Ceiling

by Kristi Hines

The inside of the Bellagio holds a lot of beautiful art to photograph freely, including this colorful glass display of huge blossoms located above the registration area.

Inside the Bellagio

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

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Vegas Lights

by Kristi Hines

I have to apologize for my aberration from HDR lately. I *might* finally be getting over several weeks with mono, but during the weeks I had it (including this trip to Vegas), my main goal was conserving energy whenever possible. So instead of hauling around the tripod and my camera gear, I just did some freestyle shooting with my new 50 prime. I think it did really well for handheld!

Vegas Strip at Night

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

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Mr. Smiles

by Kristi Hines

Inside Caesar’s Palace’s Forum Shops is a huge aquarium. I don’t miss seeing this place every time I go because I absolutely love the stingrays. The reason is because of their happy looking underbelly which they love to rub up on the glass.

Stingray

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

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The Waves Crash Around

by Kristi Hines

This was another stop off the Great Ocean Road in Australia. It was before I knew about HDR and the need for clouds instead of blue skies, but I think for the beach, blue skies are just perfect!

Great Ocean Road

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor 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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Sunflower Fields

by Kristi Hines

I’ve always wanted to be surrounded by sunflowers as they are my favorite flowers. I haven’t had that opportunity yet, but I did get to create the effect at the Conservatory in the Bellagio.

Sunflower Fields

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

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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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Out of Focus on the Beach

by Kristi Hines

You know how sometimes, you take a photo planning to do one thing, but then it comes out completely different? This is one of those shots. It was pre-HDR and pre-Nikon, and all I wanted to do was get a closeup of the little thing on the sand. But what I captured was the beautiful sky in the background instead…

The Beach

Camera: Fuji FinePix S5100 (retired)
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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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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4 Bolts

by Kristi Hines

Another photo from my first serious lightning shoot. Haven’t caught a good one since, but that just makes all of the captures from the first time more special.

This one was almost a 5-bolt… can you spot where the fifth one almost emerged?

4 Bolts of Lightning

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

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The Pier

by Kristi Hines

Another shot from my pre-HDR days. But I still love the composition.

A special thanks to my husband, whose Photoshop skills saved this (and a full day’s worth of photos) from a silly S shaped dust spot that was on my sensor.

The Pier

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

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Prairie Dog Portrait

by Kristi Hines

Since last week ended on a bit of a sad note with the slow deconstruction of my first urbex shooting location, I thought this week we’d start off with something cute! Say hello to Mr. (or Mrs.) Prairie Dog that decided to hop up and pose for this shot!

Prairie Dog Portrait

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

by Kristi Hines

With all the good lightning, I really couldn’t resist doing another shot this week. I thought about devoting the whole week to lightning, but then thought I’d save some to sprinkle in every now and again. This one reminded me of a stickman walking across the valley. Wonder where he was headed?

Arizona Lightning Pictures

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

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Here Lizard Lizard

by Kristi Hines

Over the July 4th holiday while shooting at the Grand Canyon, I spotted a LOT of lizards. I tend to shoot them from a distance at first and slowly sneak up on them, but this one was kind enough to pose for me for a little while.

Here Lizard Lizard

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-200mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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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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Monsoon Lightning

by Kristi Hines

A week ago I shot my first bolt of lightning. Fast forward to this weekend and I now have several awesome lightning shots, but by far, this one was my favorite. Thank you monsoon season for giving me lots of electrical magic to practice with!

Arizona Monsoon Lightning

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

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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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Nature’s Light Show

by Kristi Hines

This weekend, my husband and I spent a fabulous weekend in Northern Arizona, enjoying nature. Although we may not have caught any fireworks on the 4th of July, we did catch a little light show inspired by mother nature herself. It’s not the greatest of all lightning shots, but it was my first successful capture so I had to share it as one of my proud moments from the trip. Will definitely have to get more practice with this now that monsoon season is upon us in the southwest!

More images from this weekend are coming up, including some puffy white cloudy goodness and the Grand Canyon at sunset!

Lightning at Sunset

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

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I probably should have looked around for a little plaque to tell me what this gentleman represented, but I just took the shot and kept moving along. He stands outside New York New York casino in Vegas, always looking up above the strip.

The Man Outside New York New York Casino in Las Vegas

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

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I’m really not sure what this used to be, but it was some ruins on the side of the road in Jerome. Inside was an weather-worn copy of the book Policy Paradox and Political Reason that I’ll post at a later date when I’m feeling a bit bookish.

Crumbling Ruins in Jerome, AZ

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

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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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Sunset Painted Skies

by Kristi Hines

Sometimes, you just can’t beat a beautiful sunset!

Sunset Painted Skies

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

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Baby Elephant at Play

by Kristi Hines

Good Monday morning everyone! This shot was taken at the Melbourne Zoo. While watching a family of elephants walk through their playground, this little guy decided it was time for a cool down near the water.

Baby Elephant

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

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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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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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An Evening at the Pinnacles

by Kristi Hines

This is another shot from Australia. If I had it over again, I would have learned about HDR before going on that trip, but I think despite that I still got some lovely compositions, including this one before sunset.

Sunset at the Pinnacles

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

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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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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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