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Standing on a corner…

“…in Winslow, Arizona…such a strange sight to see…some photogs, Lord, looking really weird, and I think they’re staring at me…”

Yeah yeah…I’m no lyric writer, give me a break 🙂

If you follow this blog, you’ll remember a few weeks back that a few of us Phoenix photogs woke up butt-early in the morning to meet at 3:45am and drive to Two Guns, AZ for a little sunrise shooting at a ghost town.

I can’t even tell you how much fun we had and how great it was to hang with these guys all day. We spent a lot of time at Two Guns, then the little abandoned gas station and motorhome campground at the same spot…then we drove to Winslow and saw some cool stuff, took some shots and from there it was lunch in Flagstaff at Oreganos before our big haul to Grand Falls.

Epic day…awesome guys. Up top you have Rick Young on the left, Chris Frailey next, Ken Peterson after and me on the end.

Thanks so much guys for being a part of this big trip and making the day awesome. Also, our good buddy Scott Wood was supposed to be there too but had to work at the last minute, so we were highly bummed that he didn’t make it until later in the day.

So here are some other random shots from our trip.

Chris standing at a super-graffitied old swimming pool area.

Ken down inside the pool getting a unique perspective.

The next four images are our model poses in the Two Guns abandoned gas station. I took these (except for the one Chris took of me, thank you buddy) to just play around with the wide angle upwards kind of shot. I mean, how can you NOT want to pull in that opening in the roof and the gorgeous sky?

Another of Chris shooting graffiti.

Portrait shot of the day below of Rick…

Rick driving us back to Flag.

Ken shooting cows on the way to Grand Falls.

And…the epic shot of Ken perched on a tiny precipice getting a good look at the Falls.

Humming by the creek

Early last Sunday morning I met my buddy Ken Peterson up near Table Mesa Road north of Phoenix. We’d had a crazy bit of cold weather move through and the snow level was supposed to be as low as it’s been in a few years.

I think we probably should have gone east of Phoenix into the Superstitions where the snow was a lot closer, but sometimes when you wake up before dark, you just can’t really be too sure!

Besides, I would have missed hanging out with Ken and this beast of a vehicle. I’d never been in a Hummer before so it was a rare treat to go barreling down dirt roads, splashing muddy water all over the windshield and making mincemeat of whatever terrain the desert could throw at us.

We hit this creek that eventually flows into Lake Pleasant. There were two half-submerged trucks in the water (see Ken’s photo here) which was mainly why we made some pretty awesome maneuvers to get down to this spot.

I’ll end up posting some shots of the trucks at some point, but I had so much fun in the Hummer that I wanted to process this for Ken. I can’t imagine ever going off-road without one of these bad boys (or some of the sick vehicles two of my buddies Jesse and John have).

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/22, iso 100)