Nikon 18-200mm

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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