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An old, abandoned building

This old building/small factory sits just off the north side of highway 210 east of Salt Lake City. I found it whilst exploring a few weeks ago. I posted a series of photos from that trip already, but there are still a few I haven’t gone through yet.

This is actually two HDR photos stitched together in Photoshop. I loved the rocks and snow, the cliffs behind it. My only sadness was not being able to get inside. Probably some great shots in there.

Dusk over the Wasatch National Park (HDR)

This is an HDR photo of the Wasatch National Park at sunset. I had been sitting on the side of this mountain watching the sun go down, watching a little weather blow through Salt Lake City…and just waited to see how the sun would light up these mountains.

The sky proved fairly awesome with the clouds and some color, but a couple of airplanes decided to cross overhead at the same time, which really gave it a cool look.

Weekend storms in Arizona

We had some nice storms roll through town this past weekend and I was lucky enough to get out and shoot a bit on Sunday. Here’s a couple of my favorites from that day.

This one above is a two-shot panoramic stitched together. I enhanced the contrast and colors a bit to make it more vivid and exciting.

Shots of the falling rain.

Murky and ominous clouds approach.

A black and white…rain falling on one end, low hanging clouds on the other…

Just a creepy shot at the airport. A monstrous, low hanging storm.

Love this shot…it’s gotten me an AC on Wunderground, a spotlight on JPG Magazine and has been pretty well-received. My daughter and I watch the incoming storm move towards us. It’s developing from left to right, but moving towards the camera.

Storms over the Superstition Mountains

I think I talked about this road I discovered solely by accident about a month ago. Brown Road going east from the 202 turns into Lost Dutchman. At Idaho Road it’s at the peak of a low hill and suddenly you get this amazing view of the Superstition Mountains.

The first time I saw it was when I was shooting around those mountains and just headed west on that road. When it reached the hill, I stopped because there were storms to the west and I could see them clearly there.

However, as I got out of the car…I turned east and this picture below is what I saw. I’d never have noticed it if I hadn’t stopped. It was breathtaking to see the low clouds cascade over the top of the cliffs.

(purchase photo on my gallery – Color or Black and White)

So on Monday afternoon I headed back out there because I could see some amazing cloud structures out that way, but I had no idea what I’d actually end up seeing once I got closer.

A storm was approaching from the west and I saw the Superstitions lit up with sunlight which wouldn’t last much longer with the dark clouds approaching. It was a race to get there and snap a few photos. 10 minutes after I was done, the sunlight disappeared.

So here are two photos below, one in color and one in black and white. I like to call this photo “Close Encounters” because it certainly reminds of me of that mountain in the movie. The clouds really add to the awe of what you are seeing.

(purchase on my gallery)

These two photos can be cropped to fit any frame. I love the wider, panoramic style, but a cropped version still has a nice look to it.

Winter Storm Photos: Part 1

Some storm photos from the weekend. These below all were shot south of town along State Route 87. We went off the road for a bit onto a side road and ended up spotting some amazing stuff, like this old bridge below adorned with graffiti. We actually found TONS of graffiti, but that’s another post for another day.

Stormy skies

On my way home from work Wednesday, I snapped some photos of the cool cloudy, stormy skies. The first one was actually BEFORE leaving wok from a nearby parking garage, the rest were shot southwest of Ahwatukee, along Riggs Road west of I-10.

Little cars in a storm

This is just a fun little experimental photo using a process called “Tilt-Shift” to give it an interesting look.

Basically tilt-shift involves the blurring of portions of a photo which gives the clear areas the look of miniatures, or models.

Some good examples are HERE and HERE.

This one below is an HDR photo + Tilt-Shift taken from the parking garage near my office.

Funny story…

…so this car is stuck in mud in a wash/river bed where I take photos now and then. Awhile ago I was there, walked up the other side and when I looked back, a cop was by my car. He told me when I came back that it was a hot spot for stolen cars to be dumped. Crazy.

So today I stop by here and I see this car. Stuck in the mud. Window open. Who would drive a Saturn down into a wash? I figured it was stolen of course, so I snapped this photo of it, looked in the window (saw nothing except a lot of STUFF, which should have tipped me off), and decided to call 911 to report a stolen vehicle.

I’m on the phone with the 911 operator and suddenly the car door opens and a guy looks out at me…says he’s just stuck and a friend is coming.

Freaked me out. Freaks me out thinking I was right up by the car kind of peering in and if he had popped his head up at any time, I probably would have CRAPPED my pants 🙂

Anyways…weird stuff happens when you look for things to shoot.

(I still think something fishy was going on. Like the guy was drunk and just drove down some gully like an idiot)

Storm Photos: Part 3

I found a few more photos from last week that I didn’t upload, plus a redux of the “Shrouded in Clouds” photo of the Superstitions that I posted on Monday.

That last one…I think would make an awesome print, in either color or black and white.

A shot of the Superstitions while it was raining…the clouds were hanging low around the cliffs and the scene was magnificent.

Another shot of the Superstition cliffs.

This was an amazing sight…mammatus clouds leading out from a thunderstorm dropping rain. You can see the rain on the horizon on the right, while these bubbly clouds rise from it.

This might be one of my most favorite photos. I posted it already here in color, but this is a black and white, cropped and has a border around it.

The above picture makes me think of a quote from A Few Good Men: “YOU WANT THIS ON THAT WALL! YOU  NEED THIS ON THAT WALL!”

*grin*

As always, these are for sale as prints, email me if interested.

Storm Photos: Part 2

On Saturday I had planned to photograph some of the snow on the Four Peaks. I knew all week that it was likely going to snow up there and I’ve been dying to shoot this once-a-year event.

The downside was that the weather had been so bad, the Beeline Highway was closed at Bush Highway and I couldn’t get as close as I wanted, plus the stormy clouds pretty much covered the top of the peaks.

However…it was a stunning day out, the clouds were puffy, stormy and gorgeous. The views were super-clear and the visibility was endless.  We drove out along the Beeline and then came home the back roads via Bush Highway, and these below are the results.

Looking down the on-ramp to the Beeline.

A closed road that goes to Saguaro Lake.

Here is a shot of the Beeline to the left, but you can also see the snow on the hills way along the back horizon. That was about as much as I could get.

Another shot of the snow on the distant hills…although it’s kind of hard to see here with the clouds meeting the white.

The cliffs around the Saguaro Lake area.

Saguaro Lake on the left, the Bush Highway on the right…it was such a clear day.