Nikon D90

It’s not often that someone comes back from a famous photography destination with so few of the expected photos. Yet that’s what I did on our trip to Yosemite National Park earlier this month. After processing my favorite photos, they consist of small mammals, a hint of urbex, and abstracts.

One of my favorite wildlife shots is this one. While I was photographing a little squirrel, I noticed movement out of the corner of my eye. He had just popped out of his home for a few moments, but I managed to capture him. What a cute little guy!

weasel-yosemite-national-park

Camera: Nikon D90 with Nikon 18-300mm
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Doorways

by Kristi Hines

One thing I didn’t expect to find while out hiking in Sedona was a little bit of urbex heaven. Yet, here I was, standing inside this little rundown building, looking at two perfectly aligned doorways.

Sedona Urbex - Doorways

Camera: Nikon D90 with Nikon 18-105mm
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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A few weeks ago, I took the photography tour in Upper Antelope Canyon. They did an impressive job of clearing people out of the way so the photographers could set up their tripods and shoot the canyon with minimal interruptions. This is the first shot from that series!

Inside Upper Antelope Canyon Photography Tour

Camera: Nikon D90 with Nikon 18-105mm
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4, Topaz Adjust

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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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Wrecked in the Snowy Desert

by Kristi Hines

While exploring Escalante, we found a long abandoned, wrecked vehicle.

Wrecked Car

Camera: Nikon D90 with Nikon 18-105mm
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Frozen Waterfall

by Kristi Hines

I’ve seen some interesting waterfalls, but never a frozen one. I wish I had gotten a nice perspective shot of it – it was probably about ten feet high! This was off of the Mossy Cave Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Frozen Waterfall off Mossy Cave Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

Camera: Nikon D90 with Nikon 18-105mm
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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Alice-Eared Cat

by Kristi Hines

My husband and I have three cats. One of them, named Alice, has little black tufts of hair at the ends of her ears just like the bobcats at Bearizona do. Henceforth, I lovingly refer to bobcats as Alice-eared cats. 🙂

bobcat

Camera: Nikon D90 with 55-200mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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If you’re a resident of Arizona and you like wildlife parks, I highly recommend a trip out to Williams for a drive through Bearizona. At Bearizona, you can drive through and see bison, black bears, big horn sheep, and wolves right outside your car window. Further into the park, you can see other woodland creatures such as raccoons, bobcats, and smaller bears. They also have a show for the high country raptors including this beautiful owl that flew inches above my head.

European Eagle Owl - High Country Raptors - Bearizona

Camera: Nikon D90 with 55-200mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Bracketing Gone Wrong

by Kristi Hines

Some days, me and my bracketing do not get along. I guess since my new Nikon D90 does it more automagically than my previous D3000, I’ve gotten a little lazy about checking my shots after taking them. Here’s an example of what can go wrong when you don’t (but I still loved the scene anyway).

Prescott Watson Lake

Camera: Nikon D90 with Nikon 18-105mm
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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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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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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