Nikon 50mm

Inside an Icy Mossy Cave

by Kristi Hines

While the name of this cave is Mossy Cave, it really should be re-named the Icy Cave in the winter. It was full of lovely ice formations. The challenge was getting close enough to shoot inside, as the ground next to the railing was also covered in ice.

Inside Mossy Cave in Bryce Canyon Utah - Winter Icicles

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

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Jerome in the Fall

by Kristi Hines

This past weekend, my husband and I took a trip out to Jerome, AZ for another visit to the Gold King Ghost Mine Town. Along the way, while scoping out a way to get to an urbex scene down the hill, I looked up and noticed what remained of the fall colors in the town.

Jerome Fall Colors

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

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True Colors

by Kristi Hines

That’s right, I’m still stuck on the fall colors. I was hoping to get some shooting done in California this past weekend around my trip to Blog World, but the weather on the drive back was none to pleasing, so that idea was a bust. So much for the Salton Sea. 🙁

Fall Colors in Oak Creek Canyon Sedona, AZ

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

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Fallen Leaves

by Kristi Hines

One of the things I really enjoy about going handheld is seeing things I might normally notice, such as the beauty of the fallen leaves. Mixed with the rocks, it felt very zen-like.

Fall Colors in Sedona Oak Creek Canyon

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

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Cathedral Rock in the Fall

by Kristi Hines

This is probably one of the most photographed natural wonders in Sedona… and it’s easy to see why. There are just so many sides to photograph it from!

Cathedral Rock Sedona

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

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Going Back to the Basics

by Kristi Hines

As some of you might have noticed, I’ve been quiet on the photo-front. Over the past several weeks, I was in the final transition between 9 to 5 and becoming self-employed which involved a lot of 14+ hour workdays between my main job and securing freelance work on the side. Today is the first day that I am fully self-employed, which means after about eight hours (or less) in front of the computer, I’ll be done with work every day which is going to make a HUGE difference in my free time.

During this busy time, I didn’t do a lot of photography, and when I did, I didn’t have the same enthusiasm for it. So I decided to go back to the photo style I love – handheld and tripod-free. Something about it just makes me feel a bit more creative. I’ll still keep doing HDR from time to time, but I think for a bit I will bond with my camera + 50mm prime or my new little point & shoot (that still, thankfully, has some good manual settings) like I did in Sedona this past weekend. It was a beautiful little getaway, just me and my hubby enjoying the fall colors and crisp cool air before we both hit the road this week. I’ll be heading to Blog World in Los Angeles and he’ll be heading to southern Utah for a photo adventure!

Fall Colors in Oak Creek Canyon Near Sedona

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

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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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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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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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