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Sunset at the Fountain Lake


Big Blue and a Nighttime Fountain

The bird sculpture in the Fountain Lake is named Big Blue.  It was created by sculptor Don Kenworthy and was donated by Mayor Jerry & Jackie Miles and Councilman Dennis & Judy Brown.


An All Day Job

Sculptor Rasheas Mukwaira from Zimbabwe created this work, titled An All Day Job.  It was donated in 2009.  See photo of plaque for list of donors.



Coyote and Key

Sculptor Deon Duncan created this sculpture, titled Coyote and Key.  It was donated in 2012 by Akito and Yuko Masunaga in honor of their son Riku Noah Masunaga.



Quiet Pursuit

Quiet Pursuit, a sculpture of a bobcat, was created by artist Mike Dwyer.  It was donated in 2013 by Michael and Jeannie McGonigle and families.  (See photo of plaque for details.)

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Infinity Ring

This sculpture is Infinity Ring by Charles Sherman.  It was donated in 2013 by Dwight, Laura, and Lucas Johnson in memory of father and grandfather, Verne C. Johnson.

20140302-_DSC6145-Edit-mediumI returned the following evening and reshot the scene using  a 10-18mm lens.  It turned out that I used the same focal length as the previous night, 16mm, the difference being that there was more wind on the night of the second photo; the Fountain did not shoot as high allowing me to get it all in without having to go to a shorter focal length.20140303-_DSC6164-Edit-medium 20140302-_DSC6095-Edit-1000

Roosevelt – The Conservationist

Artist Dan Snarr created this sculpture depicting Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth president of the United States.  Titled Roosevelt – The Conservationist, this sculpture was donated in 2008 by The Arizona-Dakota Connection and many others; see additional photo below for the complete list of donors.

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Avenue of the Fountains – Holiday Lights

The Christmas / Holiday lights are up now on the Avenue of the Fountains.

20131208-_DSC2063-Edit-medium 20131208-_DSC2070-Edit-medium The photo below is a quick edit of a photo that I took at a high ISO.  I used ISO 100 to 400 for the rest of them.  I only bumped the ISO up above 100 when I couldn’t get my exposures within the 30 second limit.  (I didn’t want to go to bulb mode.)

I’m holding up an 18% gray card so that I’d have something of a clue about how to set the color temperature while developing the images.  This is a quick edit in Lightroom.  Note that although the white balance is correct for me and perhaps some of the immediate foreground, it’s definitely not correct for the storefronts.  This is a problem with such scenes; there are a bunch of different light sources with different color temperatures.

I used the this color temperature found in this photo as starting point for several others.  I wasn’t happy with it, however, for some of the later ones that I developed.  (The order that I present them here are the order in which they were shot, not developed.)  For some of the images, I processed some of the layers twice with a different color temperature (and tint). I combined them after the fact to try to get the white balance correct (or at least not wildly incorrect) for various parts of the scene.  The photo above is a good example; I used one color temperature for the store front and another for most of the rest of the scene.

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Friday Fitness Hike

Friday’s hike was nearly ten miles in length with over 2,000 feet of total ascent.  Eight of us hiked Dixie Mine out to the Sonoran Trail, followed the Sonoran Trail to its end, and then hiked a short ways out on the Promenade Trail.  From there we hiked up the Western Loop Trail, stopped briefly at the overlook at the top, and then continued on the Western Loop Trail until it intersected with Promenade.  We then hiked back along the shortest route using the Promenade, Sonoran, and Dixie Mine Trails.

Marilyn and Linda wait for everyone to pay up at the iron ranger at the start of the Dixie Mine Trail.


Marilyn and Linda lead the way on the Dixie Mine Trail.


Linda, Marilyn, Vinnie, Renee, Janet, Rob, and Michael on the Sonoran Trail.  (Someone correct me if I have any of the names wrong.)

20131129-DSC01964-medium A view from the Sonoran Trail.

20131129-DSC01970-medium Another view from the Sonoran Trail.  I did this one in Photomatix, but did not like it, so I redid it in Lightroom and Photoshop.


I think this is still the Sonoran Trail.


A view of Tom’s Thumb in the distance.


This was supposed to be another view of Tom’s Thumb.  Unfortunately, I shot everything on Friday at f/4, so there was a significant amount of background blurring due to the focus being on the tree.

20131129-DSC01997-medium A view of Fountain Hills from the top of the Western Loop Trail.

20131129-DSC02000-medium Taking photos from the Western Loop Overlook…


Several views while descending the Western Loop Trail:

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20131129-DSC02030-medium Taking a break on the Sonoran Trail…20131129-DSC02036-mediumThe rain that we got last week is starting to make things green again:



This sculpture of Lincoln was created by Mark Lundeen.  It was donated in 2012; see photo of plaque below for a complete donor list.

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