Return to Sender

by Kristi Hines · Arizona, Black Canyon City, HDR


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

There was even more mail and paperwork behind the counter, where I had a closer encounter with a bat that I apparently startled from its slumber from underneath the bench.

Mail Behind the Counter at the Black Canyon City Greyhound Park

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


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Simply Ness

Excellent composition. Love the tones of the close-up shot. Draw me into the scene.
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Nesthel! I worked for a while on these shots, especially the closeup to get it just right! 🙂

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Scott Webb

Interestingly enough, I love these scenes – You need focal point (or a tilt-shift lens) and it could help direct my eye a little more. Still really cool!

Oh and I hope you cleaned up after yourself
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Kristi Hines

You know, I just looked at Focal Point this morning. It’s on my wishlist as I love the tilt-shift effect. My camera has an option for that, but it isn’t the greatest.

And I left the mess just the way it was. I’m sure others have moved things around, but I left it for the next person who might enjoy it as well.

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Captain Kimo

I agree with Scott a little, still love the photos… if you were only quick enough to catch that bat!
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Kristi Hines

Haha… I’m happy the bat didn’t catch me. He flew into a dark room, and I didn’t harass him any further. 🙂

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Jim Nix

Great shot Kristi, such a cool find! Jim

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Kristi Hines

Thanks Jim!

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Chris Frailey

Love the tones of these images. Very nice.
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Chris!

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Chris Nitz

Fantastic find! Love the comp and tones on this. I bet one of those unopened letters contains some winning Lottery numbers 😉
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Kristi Hines

Considering they left blank checks laying around, I wouldn’t be surprised. I kind of want to go back and get some more detail on all of that paperwork, though I don’t think I’ll be opening the mail. Now if one happens to already be opened, that’s another story. 🙂

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Jesse Pafundi

Very cool scene. I agree with Scott that some selective focus could really draw the eye.

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Kristi Hines

Thanks Jesse! I was messing around with that closeup trying to find a better spot to draw the focus, but I just didn’t shoot it the right way originally. New goal for next time I’m out there. 🙂

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A.Barlow

Great shots!

It’s odd, but I find myself wanting to know what was on that spreadsheet under the bench there…
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Kristi Hines

Yeah, I will have to get some more details. Maybe bring in some additional lighting, because it’s really dark back there.

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Chris Kenison

Great set of shots, Kristi! Focal Point is def. worth a look at! I esp. like that top shot!
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Chris! After one day’s worth of comments, I think I’m hooked on eventually getting that. Or at least adding it to my priority wishlist! 🙂

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Mike Criswell

What a great find and interesting shot, love the title as well, nice work
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Mike! What’s funny is I’ve had that song by Elvis stuck in my head for two days now!

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Ryan Sexton

They are both great, but I like the first one best. The composition mixed with the lighting and shadows are perfect.
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Ryan! First one is my favorite as well. Definitely want to get back and shoot some more of those papers’ details.

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David Bennett

What a find!
Great subject and great shots.
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Kristi Hines

Thanks David! I was pretty surprised that it has been there untouched like that for so many years… decades even.

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Mark Garbowski

Love the “Dead Letter Office” feel to these, especially the top one.
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Mark! That one is my favorite as well.

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Chris DeAngelis

Great shots – Love the close up one! Find any winners? 🙂
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Kristi Hines

Nah, I didn’t go looking into those Chris. I’m surprised that no one has though!

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Jimi Jones

Well hello Kristi!

So nice to come across you in the photo world. 🙂
I love these shots. There is something about old run-down things that attracts me. Perhaps it’s the opportunity to bring a little new life to it through photography.

Nice site here, will be visiting more often.
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Kristi Hines

Hi Jimi! Nice to see you in the photo world too! 🙂

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Jim Nix

Love that closeup!! Jim

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Kristi Hines

Thanks Jim! These letters made a great subject to shoot!

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Mike B.

Love the image. I probably would have tossed them too.

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Kristi Hines

I didn’t mess with them Mike. Just let them be for the next person to discover. 🙂

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Mike Olbinski

These dog track images are awesome Kristi, keep it up!
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Mike! I have a lot more left to go. Plenty for the next two days and then to splice in here and there from now on. 🙂

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