March gave Arizona the perfect spring weather to explore outdoors.
Arizona had an usually cold and wet winter for 2018 – 2019. When the weather began teasing us with the perfect amount of warmth, I texted my youngest brother to ask him to be my model while I practiced photography.
I had three great spots in mind – all within 10 minutes from his home. The first was an abandoned trailer, to which he vehemently denied as an option; he made a good point, though, it could be on an active property.
The second was a cave I noticed on my way to work. After texting my dad, I had realized that (1) I would need to four-wheel to get to it and (2) It was tagged and trashed! I told him it was perfect to be imperfect (and I’m still waiting for self-shots of myself there!).
The third was a grove of at least 5 saguaro cacti clustered together. I felt that it would be the perfect photography spot when the sun began to set. I had so many possibilities of style photographs for that grove.
Alas, we only went to one of my photography test sites.
This cave outside of Surprise, AZ had a lot of photography potential.
I’ll admit that the cave was exactly what I expected. We did four-wheel through worn-out trails to get to this cave. Luckily, my youngest brother has a lifted jeep that could handle the terrain with no problem. My car would have never made it, even though I’m dying to go, again.
Portrait Photography of my brothers.
I am a novice photographer, even though it is something I enjoy. I currently use a Canon EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR and have bought two prime lenses for it. Currently, I own the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens and the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens, which I recently purchased. The following photos were captured with the latter lens (the Canon EF-S 24mm).
I did use an ND filter, because I heard they can really help with the colors within the sky and background, but I honestly didn’t see a major impact with the cheapest brand I could find. (The upside is that the ND filter definitely protected my lens as the wind picked up dust!)
As you can tell, above is the same photography with different editing and cropping in lightroom. I honestly couldn’t decide which photography to highlight, so I decided to share both. I’ve been watching Youtube like a mad woman to practice photography composition and Lightroom editing, as it’s a skill I would love to grow.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Trailhead
This spot was suggested by my brothers before heading home. That’s correct, only one of the photography sites I chose was one agreed upon by all members of the party.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Trailhead is located in Peoria, AZ and was a beautiful monument to the veterans that fought and died in the Vietnam War. There were many plaques with inspirational quotes and fallen veterans.
At the top of the mountain stands an American flag and there’s a little book for visitors to write in. While we were there, we found the entry my mother put about my grandfather who served in the Vietnam and Korean wars. The view was beautiful.
Arizona has the best sunsets. Convince me otherwise.
One of my goals for 2019 is to be more active in pursuing my hobbies and allowing my skills to flourish. This goal includes not just photography and photo editing in Adobe Lightroom, but also with being consistent with my blogging and online presence.
If you have any comments, even suggestions for me feel free to leave a comment down below. Have you been to either of the spots shown in this post?