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A crisp morning in Canada

I’m posting this image for my good buddy Heath, a great photog (check out his work!) and a Canadian, which is where the scene above resides: Ontario. He’s enjoyed some of my photos from my time there, so I figured I’d go ahead and post one more.

I ran out into this field to grab this image of a tree at dawn. The photo above looks a little more flat color-wise than the one that would be printed, but if you click on the larger version, you can really see the light and shadows on the tree trunk, which gives you an idea of the sunlight just hitting the field. It was also bitter cold, I think around 25 degrees and for a Phoenix boy, that’s DANG CHILLY.

Sticking to the theme of this previous image, Field of Dreams, this one is also overlayed with a texture I shot in Bruges earlier this year. I may do a little more editing on this photo before it’s finalized.

As dead as these scenes look…brown, no leaves, sticks, dirt…I simply love them. I could have been out there for hours finding places like this with amazing looking trees.

An old Nebraska tree

I love all the bazillion kinds of ways to process photos. You can make something a simple black and white or go crazy with HDR or textures. The possibilities are endless.

I snapped this photo during my stormchasing trip to Nebraska. It’s doubtful that normal person would have realized those puffy, cute clouds would turn into a raging thunderstorm a few hours later, but that’s another topic. While I was there for storms, I couldn’t help stop over and over again to take photos of some of the beautiful Nebraska countryside.

It may be cliche or uncreative of me, but I do so love trees and when they are found isolated in cool settings, I dig that. I loved the bigness of the tree with the rolling prairie grass behind it and the fluffy clouds all around. It was almost a mission of mine on this trip to find scenes like this.

Technically this was processed simply by fading the color, overlaying a texture and applying some additional vignetting.

Memory of the Old West

I love the train tracks south of Hunt Highway, which is only a few miles from my house. I’ve taken a few pictures there, but this latest I really wanted to try and do something different with it.

It’s made to look old, obviously, but the texture on it comes from a nearby desert park. I found an old rock that had some cool colors, swirls and textures to it. It’s overlayed on this photos to really give it an old look…maybe like faded parchment?

Definitely reminds me of something from an old western photos.

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If you’d like to see this in black and white, please let me know!

Some desert photography

Over the Christmas break, we drove around a bit, to Anthem for a little shopping and then just some other random places. A few times we ventured further out to the edge of whatever little area we were in and looked for some desert landscaped to photograph. Here are a few.

This was shot up by Anthem. It’s combined with a texture I shot at a desert park on Lindsey and Chandler Heights.

This is the same shot in black and white.

A waterfall at the park here in Chandler. Hard to believe a sight like this is just around the corner. The day was cloudy, with virga clouds. HDR.

Black and white. HDR

Shot this in northeast Mesa, up on Brown Road. HDR.

This was taken up in Anthem as well. A hiking trail disappears off into the distance. HDR