Downtown Tucson

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We attended a lighting class in Tucson last month.  This month I’m tagging along on a golf outing (I don’t golf, my gift to my husband).  This trip offered me the opportunity to return to downtown Tucson and experiment with taking photographs under the mid-day sun.

Not the best time to take photographs…just ask any photographer.  The harsh sun bleaches and flattens your subject.  The challenge will be to find ways for the light to work for me and not against me.

As you can see, I also got lots of practice in Lightroom…editing them…turning  the exposure up or down, enhancing the contrast, saturation, highlights, shadows and white balance.  In just a few short months I actually know what those terms mean.  For those of you who are beginning a similar journey, be patient, make mistakes and practice.

One of my other favorite activities is eating.  Tucson has one of the longest running agricultural communities in North America, dated back 4,000 years.  By blending indigenous and local ingredients it is America’s first entry into UNESCO’s designation as a “City of Gastronomy”.    There is an abundance of good food from hole-in-the wall joints to fine dining.

So, with taco and camera in hand, I venture forth.

Trail Dust Town Tucson

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As the sun sets, the jangle of tarnished silver spurs mix with a parade of sweat stained ten-gallon hats on Dragoon Street.  In the deepening shadow at the corner of the undertaker’s storefront, a villain’s’ lips snarl while twirling his thick, black mustache.   Marshal Dillon, Doc and Miss Kitty’s empty and vacant eyes are watchful through the dusty saloon windows.  The ghosts of the past are rising from the graveyard…..it’s almost time.  Trail Dust Town in Tucson comes alive around dusk.

Built in the 1950″, this abandoned movie set for an unfinished Glenn Ford western was purchased, renovated and painted to rival the Victorian ladies of San Francisco.   Dedicated to the pioneer spirits who crossed the wide prairies, this modern ghost town packs a punch as well as the crack of gunfire.  Ride a gallant steed on the vintage Allan Herschell merry-go-round;  follow the conductor’s call of  “all aboard” as the motorized train chugs from the depot; absorb the history on display in Museum of the Horse Soldier; and watch the pistoleros fly from the second story in choreographed fights featuring dynamite explosions and lots of “rough and tumble”.  Oh, and then there is the Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse…watch your tie!

Sam, another armature photographer and I walked the ghost town early in the morning to catch the best light.  She decided to edit her images in color, while I opted to enhance the age and texture of the buildings edited in black and white.

Giddy Up!

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The dust is flying, nostrils are flared and hoofs pounded the arena….get ready for collectively holding your breath…. Rodeo Days have come to Cave Creek as they have for the past 41 years.

We donned our Stetsons and cowboy boots, grabbed our Fujifilm cameras and drove our 200+ horse powered iron machine north of Scottsdale to join in the fun. We found rodeo queens, guys and gals atop their trusty steeds celebrating their western heritage. We watched men purposefully anchor themselves to hundreds of pounds of jumping, diving, flying, twisting and seemingly angry horses and bulls. It is the longest 8 seconds under the sun.

Our lens captured the energy and spirit of both man and beast. Later when editing the photos in Lightroom, I found my heart beating a little faster as the images appeared on the computer screen, remembering the gladiators of the west.

Our First Post

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This is our first post since the arrival of our mirrorless XT-20 and XT-2 Fujifilm cameras. For years, Mr. Terry used a Canon DSLR. Mrs. Terry had only used a Canon G-16 point and shoot. Mrs. Terry wanted a “big girl” camera with all the bells and whistles. Mr. Terry wanted less weight. Neither wanted to compromise on quality. The decision was made after many hours of research on Mr. Terry’s part. We are delighted with the quality and light weight of the Fujifilm cameras……and haven’t looked back.

New cameras in hand, we picked the Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler for the trial run near the end of 2017. Here are some of our images. Most are traditional photographs of train cars similar to those pulled by the first steam engines that roared through the east coast countryside in 1829. “All aboard”, calls the conductor….. imagine being pulled west via these magnificent iron horses when train travel reigned supreme.

A few of the images will surprise you. We played with the double exposure option on our Fujifilm XT-20. The images, edited in Lightroom, look like contemporary paintings.

We have entered our favorite double exposure image in the Members’ Exhibition 2018 sponsored by INFOCUS to be held at The Studio Gallery at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, 1100 North Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix. The exhibition dates are March 2nd through March 30th. The photographs will be juried and the winner will hang in the Phoenix Art Museum.

Become engaged in life…..take photographs!!! Terry and Terry