August 12, 2006
A close up of the yellow flowers from the previous entry. We typically get wildflowers in the spring in the desert. The beauty of the display depends upon how much winter rain we receive. The rains this summer have brought out a beautiful display of these Arizona Poppies. You can even see them covering the side of mountains with their brilliant yellow petals.
August 11, 2006
This trail head is made more inviting by the green plants and yellow flowers along its border. It leads to a stream that you’d think would be cool and refreshing, but instead is warm and a bit muddy. The warmth comes from the desert heat, the mud because when it rains the stream becomes a muddy torrent that closes the road into/out of the park.
August 10, 2006
We’ve continued to receive rain since the flooding, and the desert has transformed from brown to green—so much so that you can see the green on the mountains. This is Catalina State Park, north of Tucson, which has received almost twice the amount of rain as it normally does by this time of year. Note the gray clouds ready to drop more rain on the mountains.
August 09, 2006
The Geico stunt plane pilot tumbled his plane through the sky for much of his show. He must have had quite a headache from pulling all those Gs - both positive and negative.
August 04, 2006
The Air Force Thunderbirds from an airshow in Tucson last spring.
August 03, 2006
August 02, 2006
August 01, 2006
In October of 1983 Tucson had several days of rainfall. The washes and normally dry rivers filled beyond flood stages, damaging bridges and several homes and apartment complexes. 10 years later we had a similar event, and even more damage in monetary terms. This past weekend we had a large amount of rain dropped on the nearby mountain ranges, which drained into these washes and rivers. Due to structural improvements on the banks and to bridges, we had less damage, even though the amount of water that came through was greater than either of the previous flood events.
The image above shows one of the washes flowing bank to bank, looking north to the Catalina Mountains.
July 18, 2006
July 17, 2006
July 14, 2006
July 13, 2006
July 12, 2006
July 11, 2006
1/800, f3.6, 18mm, iso 100
This image is a bit soft - should have stopped down and decreased the shutter speed - and I cropped the prickly pear in the foreground too close, but I still like how it turned out.
July 07, 2006
1/160, f8, 21mm, iso 100
It is not uncommon to see a relatively young (no arms yet) saguaro cactus growing right next to a Palo Verde or Mesquite tree in the Sonoran Desert. These trees are called nurse trees because they provide shelter to the slow growing saguaro as it matures. A healthy saquaro can live to be 150 years or more, outliving its nurse, which is why you don’t see this relationship with larger saguaros.
This nurse tree, a Mesquite, seems to be running a nursery with 6 saguaro cactus under her branches.
July 06, 2006
1/80, f6.4, 18mm, iso 100
July 05, 2006
1/125, f9, 18mm, iso 100
July 04, 2006
This image was taken on New Year’s Day, 2006. We had a great hike, and cool weather - but not at all cold. The sunset was spectacular, and I had a fun time capturing it.
1/125, f4.9, 80mm, iso 400
July 03, 2006
This conversion was done in iPhoto using the Adjust HUD to control saturation and add a slight blue tint by changing the white balance temperature.
1/200, f/2.8, 54mm, iso 100
March 14, 2006
If you are shooting film, you have to protect that film. You make sure it is completely rewound before removing it from the camera. You worry about sending it through the X-ray machine at the airport. You dread someone opening the door of the darkroom while you are developing, and you pray that you don’t have the “new guy” processing your precious prints at the lab.
As a digital photographer I am blissfully unconcerned about those issues. But I have my own fears to face. Hard drive failure and no back-ups (note to self, make sure my back-ups are up to date), losing a CF card, or having a CF card go south.
That last one hit me last night.
March 10, 2006
Playing off the idea of being one third done with the 30 day photo challenge and the “rule of thirds.”
March 09, 2006
I like this one for a number of reasons - the lines, the texture, the light, the juxtaposition of the organic lines with the geometric lines, the color.
But I am biased since I took the photo. What do you think?
March 05, 2006
A string of lights in the courtyard of the Tucson Museum of Art.
February 17, 2006
Also known as the 300D, this is Canon’s entry level DSLR. Street price is about $700 with the 18-55mm kit lens. This is the camera I have been using (and learning to use) for about a year now.
Since it occupies the low end of Canon’s DSLR offerings, it does not have all the bells and whistles of it’s more expensive brethren, but I have yet to exhaust all the possibilities with it.
There options range from fully automatic, which lets the camera make all the decisions for you with regard to exposure and focus, to fully manual, where you are in charge of everything from ISO and shutter speed to f-stop and focus.
Since it is a digital camera, the time it takes to learn how all of these options work together to create a compelling image is greatly reduced. Being able to view the results immediately on the LCD viewer means making quick adjustments and reshooting is possible. And having all the EXIF data available when comparing shots on the computer makes it easier and faster to understand the relationship between ISO and noise, or f-stop and depth of field.
For me, this has been a great first SLR.