Pull Up a Chair

by Kristi Hines · Arizona, Black Canyon City, HDR


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. While some looked a bit inviting…

Outside the Black Canyon City Greyhound Park

Others, not so much.

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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John Coulter

When I saw your first picture I thought you may have brought a chair with you for the nice composition. The second picture definitely makes it look like you had some available for use though.

I really like the light/shadow on the second one. I imagine that same shot with less light could look a bit erie.
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Kristi Hines

No, for the most part I left everything where I found it, minus moving a few things maybe a foot or two over. I’m sure photogs before me were the ones who staged them just so though.

And yes, that entire place would be quite eerie after dark. Not sure I’d want to be there then!

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Keith Moyer

Cool composition on both images. The lighting on the second one is perfect!
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Keith! I wasn’t fond of the lighting when I first got to the spot, but after about ten minutes, it was just right!

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A.Barlow

Really cool shots. So much glass!
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Kristi Hines

Yes, there was a TON of glass near the windows. Some people over the years had some major fun throwing rocks and what not into this place.

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Jim Nix

Nice work Kristi! Really cool find, looks like a great place to shoot. Jim

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Kristi Hines

Yes, it definitely is. Lots of the Arizona photographers have covered it, yet we all manage to find something a little bit different to capture.

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Chris Kenison

Very cool shots! I’d love to take pics of this area… especially at sunset!

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Kristi Hines

I have seen a sunset shot of this area on a blog… we didn’t hang out there that long because it didn’t look like it would be a great sunset that day, but if it had been cloudier, we just might have. We’ll probably try it again in the not too distant future.

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Chris Frailey

Nice shots Kristi. I really like the 2nd image. Texture on the wall is great.
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Chris! The texture everywhere in that place was pretty interesting.

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Scott Wood

Great shots. You are correct, it never ceases to amaze me that there were single chairs all over the place.
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Scott! I figured many of them had been staged by other photographers at some point. 🙂

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Chris DeAngelis

Great job! Love the shadows off the chair in the 2nd one. Cant wait to see more!
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Chris! I think I’ve got enough to cover the week, so there are definitely more on the way!

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Outography

Look nice, but it’s sad to see place abandoned like that. I knew you were up to somewhere over the weekend. Now summer is around the corner, there are more blue sky, green landscape for all of us to take more photos!

Keep it coming.
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Kristi Hines

Oddly enough, blue sky is the photography enemy, at least from what I have learned since starting my HDR adventure. Blue skies are hard to make interesting, but clouds – those can be pretty amazing! 🙂

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Outography

Hmmm.. I have never thought about the blue sky in the HDR, since I am new to HDR photography. Now that makes perfect sense.
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Wayne

Man, have I ever told you how much I miss Arizona. Even the ruins are picturesque. 🙂 Reminds me of my childhood, running around finding places like that, exploring them. All the mystery and intrigue that floats around in your head.

Then Indiana Jones comes out and shows that we had been doing it wrong all along.

Ah, to be a kid again. Cool shots, Kristi.
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Wayne! Yes, the abandoned buildings and ruins here are great to shoot. Still on the search for more of them! 🙂

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Scott Webb

I am seriously jealous of all these interesting places to explore. I guess it just means that I need to explore my area more.

As for the blue sky, do you have photoshop? I am going to assume your husband does. I notice you use lightroom often or with your photos. This might be where you dump your creation into Photoshop, along with one of the brackets that plays nice with the sky to mask that back into your image.

I have to doubts you’ll get it perfected in no time.
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Kristi Hines

We have Photoshop for the Mac… I can’t bring myself to invest another grand for the Windows version and I can’t drag my husband off of his Mac. Usually when I can, I spend that time working on some video editing. 🙂

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Michael Tuuk

I was looking at your urbex shots (they’re great) the other day but didn’t have time to comment. The second one reminds of a Salvador Dali painting or something — elements strewn around (all the glass, the pile of chairs).
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