Tag Archive: Arizona


Windy Point HDR

Windy Point

Here is another shot from my recent trip to Arizona.  This one is taken on the road up to Mount Lemon in the Catalina Mountains.  It was getting late in the day and I couldn’t get a good shot from this position.  The exposure would either be correct for the rock formation or for the sky…but not both.  Taking a cue from Trey Ratcliff, I thought I’d try my hand at a hand-held HDR image.

Basically, I took three shots, one underexposed by a stop, one “correct” per the light meter and finally one overexposed by a stop. I then used an application called Photomatix to tie the three images together into what you see above.  If you go to Trey’s site he has a fantastic discussion on how to do this.  He uses the technique to great artistic effect.  I was hoping for something less dramatic and little closer to what I actually saw.  I think it came out well.

I do know that the best way to shoot an HDR image is typically to use a tripod, I didn’t bring mine along (note to self…) but given that the rocks weren’t moving and the relatively high shutter speeds I don’t think the shot was hurt. I’m glad I didn’t drink too much coffee on the way up the mountain.

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Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus, originally uploaded by BokehMojo.

This past week I was in Tucson for my company’s annual sales kickoff meeting. While I don’t travel extensively, I do get to leave my hometown more often than the average guy.  Luckily for me my career with my current company began in Tucson and takes me “home” at least once a year.  In the past I’ve never taken the camera on these trips.

This trip I resolved to change all that.  I extended my trip, stayed at a nice place and actually got out of the resort after spending a little time walking around the Westin’s beautiful grounds where I took this shot.

I’ll be posting a couple of other shots later on in the week, but if I learned one thing from Chase Jarvis it’s this, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” He’s right…