Tag: Fountain Hills (page 2 of 6)
I 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.
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.
The Christmas / Holiday lights are up now on the Avenue of the Fountains.
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.
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.)
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.
Several views while descending the Western Loop Trail: