It just might be possible to spend a lifetime exploring and photographing the Superstition Mountains. This was our first foray down a dirt road that leads to the Peralta Trailhead. We are going back, probably many more times.
We hiked for a bit and Tom realized that he had lost the door to the battery compartment on his camera. So, back down the trail to look for it. We did not find it. Instead of going back up, we went back into Gold Canyon for lunch and decided to go back and see whether the evening gold would strike the Three Sisters, a prominent rock structure that is visible for miles. Lighting is key for the rocks to really show off.
Enjoy the photos. We plan on going back real soon.
This first photo was awarded Photo of the Day on the Capture My Arizona website on February 28. Congratulations Tom!
ISO 100, f/13 at 24mm with Nikon D7000 and 24-70mm Nikkor lens. Processed in HDR Effects Pro 2.
As we returned from lunch Tom spotted a side road. It was not a road that we could take in his car so we parked up ahead and he walked back to the road and hiked it. Good choice. I stayed near the car and set up a time-lapse. His photos rocked and my time-lapse bombed. If you are chuckling by now at lost items, lost photos and bombed time-lapses . . . well I can tell you are a photographer at your core!!
ISO 1000, f/11 at 15mm with Nikon D600 and 15mm Sigma fisheye lens. Processed in Nik HDR Effects Pro 2.
ISO 400, f/13, 1/400, at 35mm with Nikon Df and 16-35mm Nikkor lens.
ISO 320, f/13, at 15mm with Nikon D600 and 15mm Sigma fisheye lens. Processed in Nik HDR Effects Pro 2.
ISO 1000, f/9.5 at 56mm with Nikon D600 and 24-70mm Nikkor lens. Processed in Nik HDR Effects Pro 2.
While the sky was gorgeous when we got in the area, there were times in the afternoon when it was white-out time. The image below was taken at the Peralta Trailhead. The rock is just so interesting and in on the other side of this there are hoodoos. So where are the photos? Well, Tom said he did not get any good ones! I took what I hoped were good ones but then formatted the card accidentally when I set up my time lapse later in the afternoon. Those are two very good reasons to go back!
ISO 100, f/13, 1/160, at 35mm with Nikon Df and 16-35mm Nikkor lens.
ISO 320, f/16, 1/500 at 15mm with Nikon D600 and 15mm Sigma fisheye lens.
That's all folks (for now). Have a fun photo filled weekend. Oh, and if you decide to head out into any desert be warned, both snakes and wildflowers are out in abundance!!