Nikon 18-55mm

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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Is it a Vortex?

by Kristi Hines

I must be feeling love for Sedona this week with all the recent posts of Cathedral Rock and now this little rock pile I found while hiking around that same area. I figured it was a vortex marker, that or some kids really like organizing rocks.

Sedona Vortex

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

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A week or two ago, I posted a different view of Cathedral Rock with newlyweds between it and the water. Today, I thought I’d show it from a different perspective. Aside from the fact that there are people crawling all over the area, it would be lovely to live in that little house and have this nearby to view.

Cathedral Rock Sedona Arizona

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

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Rusty Yellow Fire Hydrant

by Kristi Hines

And today, for literal title day, we have a little landmark that probably goes unnoticed by urbex photographers in a popular shooting location in AZ. 🙂

Rusty Yellow Fire Hydrant

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Painted Sky

by Kristi Hines

It’s not monsoon season yet, but sometimes you get lucky with a cloudy and almost stormy day here in Arizona.

A Painted Sky

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

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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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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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So how does a Catholic church get in the mix with New Age? The Chapel of the Holy Cross is known as one of the strongest vortexes – a place where you can feel a strong energy filled with love, happiness, and oneness with nature. I can’t say I felt anything out of the ordinary, but we didn’t go up to the church itself. Maybe on the next trip I’ll have to do a little less with my camera and more with my spiritual being. 🙂

Chapel of the Holy Cross Sedona Vortex

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

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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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Double Cactus Sunset

by Kristi Hines

It’s not nearly as exciting as double rainbow, but I captured two cacti during sunset at Lake Pleasant, Arizona.

Double Cactus Sunset at Lake Pleasant

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 18mm, 1/100s – F/3.5, ISO 100
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Cute Baby Ducklings

by Kristi Hines

This weekend, I managed to photograph some really cute chicks. Baby ducklings, that is.

Cute Baby Duckling Chicks

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

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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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During a day trip to Jerome, Arizona, my husband and I took a tour of the Gold King Mine Ghost Town. While he was shooting classic automobiles, I snuck past a warning sign about rattlesnakes (fortunately it was cold so those weren’t anything to worry about) and found this great area with a couple of run down sheds along the hillside. The cloudy day made a beautiful backdrop.

Sheds in Gold King Mine Ghost Town

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 32mm, F/6.3, ISO 100
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Now I will tell you that my tripod was not built to handle this well, and I found myself in some awkward positions. The following (another in the interesting green-lit alleyway) required me to get on the ground between a SUV and a dumpster. It was well worth it in the end for this spooky shot.

Stairs in a Green Alleyway Downtown Phoenix

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 18mm, F/18
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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Continuing my series of lessons learned during my first photowalk in downtown Phoenix, the second thing I learned was that you shouldn’t worry about getting left behind to the point that you let go of what feels like a perfect shot.

Even though I was sure that several other people might have gotten it, I saw this perfect alignment of a chair and other miscellaneous items in a green lit alleyway with the backdrop of a barbwire fence. But by the time we caught up with the group to part ways for the evening and returned to the scene, everything had been moved around and the chair was taken.

So instead, I was left with this shot from earlier.

Barbwire in Downtown Phoenix

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 18mm, F/16
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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Here is my first favorite urbEx photo of the evening as well as first attempt at HDR processing. Parking meters mean a little more to me after traveling to Melbourne Australia and having to be on the lookout for them. Missing just one can cost you a hefty fee in parking tickets.

Parking Meter in Downtown Phoenix

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 18mm, F/11
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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It never ceases to amaze me how Jason and I can go to the same places, and come back with a completely different set of photos. While he found some vehicular ghosts of the past, this was one of my favorite shots from Gold King Mine near Jerome, AZ. I spent most of my time fascinated with the barn animals and let him do the fancy stuff, like black & white compositions and hopping past barriers to get spooky shots of abandoned mines.

Barn Animal

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 55mm, 1/30s – F/5.6, ISO 200
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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While driving out to see some snow (rare in the Phoenix metro area), I stopped to take this photo of a tall cactus while the sun was peeking through some clouds near Cave Creek, Arizona.

Cactus on a Cloudy Winter Day in Cave Creek, Arizona

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 18mm, 1/320s – F/9, ISO 100
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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