We love exploring new places or returning to places we have not visited for a very long time. This short trip was organized by Rick and he gave some descriptions of the hills and how tough they can be when your are on a 100 + mile bike ride. Yikes! I could only imagine.
We started at Saguaro Lake, dropped down into the Lower Salt River and then drove to Red Mountain.
I was much more fascinated by Desert Belle than the speedboats.
ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/800 at 112mm with Nikon D800 and 24-120mm Nikkor lens.
Rick promised that we would get much closer to the imposing rocks when we got to the other side of the dam. He was so right!
Our first stop was just below the dam. The water being let out is just a trickle! But, at least we are close to the big rocks and looking for reflections.
ISO 400, f/11, 1/80 at 24mm with Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EF24-105mm f4/L IS USM lens.
ISO 100, f/9, 1/125 at 44mm with Nikon D800 and 24-120mm Nikkor lens.
We always seem to have a side story. This is it. Rick saw some horses go across the creek when we first got there. But we were not set up. After shooting for some time and on the way back, he hustles down to the riding stable and asks if he can take pictures of the group that is just getting started. Sure! Everyone was fine with it. He almost ran to his spot to get ready. It paid off! This is one of my favorites of the day.
ISO 400, f/9, 1/100 at 40mm with Canon EOS 5D Mark III and 24-105mm Canon lens.
A bit further down the road, another pull off and more clicking. It was just the most beautiful day and there were many people out along the river enjoying the early spring weather. Tom had a different take on the red and green!
ISO 400, f/8, 0.5EV, 1/500 at 15mm with Nikon D600 and 15mm Sigma fisheye lens. Processed in Nik Silver Effects.
ISO 300, f/16, 1/40 at 24mm with Canon EOS 5D Mark III and 24-105mm Canon lens.
ISO 640, f/13, 1/400, at 38mm with Nikon D800 and 24-120mm Nikkor lens.
ISO 400, f/16, 1/80, at 24mm with Canon EOS 5D Mark III and 24-105mm Canon lens.
Sometimes, when we get home and I see some of Tom's photos I am in wonderment at a scene that looks familiar but he has turned it on its heels. This is so below. He created magic out of what might have been an ordinary 'along the creek with mountains in the background and people in it' kind of shot.
ISO 125, f/11, 0.5EV, 1/180 at 15mm with Nikon D600 and 15mm Sigma fisheye lens.
Back into the car and off down the road. Next up Red Mountain. For those who read this . . . this is such an easy destination to reach. The parking was easy, the short walk to water's edge could be done by most anyone. We walked along the river looking for different vantage points. Enjoy our many takes on this jewel.
ISO 63, f/16, at 24mm with Nikon D600 and 24-70mm Nikkor lens. Processed in Nik HDR Effects Pro 2.
ISO 100, f/22, 1 EV, 4 seconds at 45mm with Canon EOS 5D Mark III and 24-105mm Canon lens with a ND8 filter.
ISO 800, f/8, 1/320 at 50mm with Nikon Df and 50mm AFS f/1.4 Nikkor lens.
ISO 63, f/11, at 24mm with Nikon D600 and 24-70mm Nikkor lens. Processed in Nik HDR Effects Pro 2.
ISO 63, f/16, at 24 with Canon D600 and 24-70mm Nikkor lens. Processed in Nik HDR Effects Pro 2.
For a panorama of our site as we stood there, Tom put this together for us.
ISO 63, f/11, at 15mm with Nikon D600 and 15mm Sigma fisheye lens. Processed in Nik HDR Effects Pro 2.
Then the kayak came by. Photo op!! "How's fishing?" Not sure what the hand answer was!
ISO 63, f/5.6, 1/750, at 300mm with Nikon D600 and 70-300mm Nikkor lens.
Then the canoe came by. Photo op! The woman was painting a water color and kept dipping her brush into the river as the drifted upstream! Now, this photo is a catch, waiting patiently for just the right moment before the canoe gets too far upstream.
ISO 63, f/5.3, 1/125 at 240mm with Nikon D600 and 70-300mm Nikkor lens.
As the evening approached, the colors change to a softer more pastel appearance away from the setting sun. Looking toward Four Peaks . . . (mom, this one is for you).
ISO 800, f/8, 1/200 at 85mm with Nikon D800 and 85mm AF 1.8D Nikkor lens.
Good night Red Mountain.
ISO 63, f/9.5 at 15mm with Nikon D600 and 15mm Sigma fisheye lens. Processed in Nik HDR Effects Pro 2.
Thank you Rick and Barbara for suggesting this great site. We always enjoy your company.