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Gratuitous Arizona scenery

E and I managed a bit of a getaway northward this weekend.   We’re back home now, unsure if we were gone a month or a minute.  But I’ll be putting up some images from the trip to prove we were somewhere else, for however long it was.  Here’s one from late Sunday afternoon, of yuccas and the Bradshaw Mountains:

I don’t usually favor the hectic clarity of unrepentant HDR editing — it can be used subtly to great effect — but the Arizona landscape is able to stand up to the full treatment.  The heightened color and clarity imposed by all-out HDR supplies a fairytale quality that suits the country, as if the hopped-up postcard images filling the rotating metal racks in the tourist shops were really real.  This photo was shot and edited on my iPhone.

Posted by Allison on Nov 20th 2011 10:28 pm | 4 Comments
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4 Responses to “Gratuitous Arizona scenery”

  1. kate mckinnonon 20 Nov 2011 at 11:33 pm link comment

    Gorgeous. You even got God-Rays. I want to make that photo into an inspirational message, with a lot of fonts.

  2. Robertaon 21 Nov 2011 at 5:55 am link comment

    I love Arizona. For me it is like going to outer space. Everything is so different there. The weather, the landscape……….I love my winter trips to Tucson every year. This winter will be my third time.

    Beautiful photo by the way!

  3. Allisonon 21 Nov 2011 at 8:24 am link comment

    Kate, I’m glad you noticed those Jesus-rays! There are two kinds in the photo: the faint ones against the mountains are actual lightshafts streaming through scrappy clouds; the rainbowy ones in the corner are sunflares, which are a lens artifact, caused by shooting nearly directly into the fiery orb.
    Have at the inspirational message, by the way: let me know what you concoct — extra points for more fonts than 5.

  4. Allisonon 21 Nov 2011 at 8:26 am link comment

    Roberta — and Tucson has such beautiful winters, with Mt. Lemmon lowering snowily over the town! The desert season must give you new inspirations and influences each year in your work.

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