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Old Apr 14, 2010, 9:09 AM   #1
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About 15 miles from my Arizona retirement house-taken in the Lost Dutchman State Park-about 6:45 PM (official sunset was @ 7:00) about (2) weeks ago.
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Old Apr 14, 2010, 9:55 AM   #2
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Nice photo with lovely evening light.... people really need to get out in the evenings and mornings more and this is the proof. Doesn't look like a bad place to retire. For me the tree/bush is just a bit distracting as it is brighter then the rest of the scene and right in front of us, apart from that it's lovely got any more to share of this stunning scenery?
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Old Apr 14, 2010, 11:46 AM   #3
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The cactus in the foreground of the mountain shot is a Cholla-they tend to be brighter than the other vegetation in the desert. I had been concentrating on shooting the mountain for about 15 minutes and I turned around to go back down the trail and I saw this. Ist DS using DA 55-300. The "golden hour" is my favorite time to shoot.
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That's a lovely silhouette shot, like it
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The shot on the left was taken around 2:00 PM-thought it was pretty good until I came back at sunset.
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That's a perfect example of how having good light affects a scene, thanks a lot for posting this
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Wow - what a difference a couple of hours makes! I love both the first one you posted and the silhouetted saguaro. My first thought when I saw the picture was how appropriate that you have a cholla in the foreground, very Arizona. But after looking at it with a more objective eye, I agree with Mark - the lighter cactus does draw the eye too much, and the mountains are really beautiful.
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Wow - what a difference a couple of hours makes! I love both the first one you posted and the silhouetted saguaro. My first thought when I saw the picture was how appropriate that you have a cholla in the foreground, very Arizona. But after looking at it with a more objective eye, I agree with Mark - the lighter cactus does draw the eye too much, and the mountains are really beautiful.
Thanks for all the kind comments-this was my first visit to that particular state park. The State of Arizona is shutting down quite a few of their parks-this one was on the list but it appears local donations will save it for a while-I hope so as I want to make many more visits. I would love to capture a full moon in the scene but that will be a science project in the future.
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