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I feel like I'm all over the place lately.  My pictures show it.  Starting out as HDR (3 stops apart, -2, 0, +2), I played with curves, hue/saturation in PSE7 until I just didn't like it anymore.  I used Picnik to add Cross and finally s...

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A train arriving at a Tempe station the day of the Light Rail Grand Opening.

Read my blog about this picture at <a href="http://simax105.blogspot.com/2009/01/first_01.html">simax105.blogspot.com/2009/01/first_01.html</a>

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No HDR here. :P Just a little contrast adjustment.

An old warehouse, just south of US Airways Arena, Downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

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The 10 second exposure settled on pink and blue, however the lights from these two rooms at the Luhrs Tower were actually cycling through many different colors.  (Very unusual, since the building is typically dark and has little to no activity aft...

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I took the original photo and cropped and enlarged.  It was a bit soft so I sharpened via Picnik to improve clarity.  I can't wait to get a macro lens for true up close shots!

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Chompers' and Sophie's son, yet to be named.  He is the only little guy in a unique litter of one.  Taken hours after birth, held in my sister Stephanie's hands.

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I've always wanted to do a shot like this, secretly envious every time I came accross a long exposure shot of traffic.  I can't wait to try again, maybe next time in a more dimly lit section of freeway.

Shot through a wire fence from a ...

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Bob the Dog (lhasa/poodle mix) and Chompers (shih tzu), sitting in the back seat of the car enjoying the half-day road trip.

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Originally I did not like this photo because I did not achieve the focus I was hoping for, so experimenting with textures I found on Telzey's photostream gave me an opportunity to create something I still enjoyed.

Stop by Telzey's <a...

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A pedestrian overpass on the I-10 freeway.
Phoenix, AZ

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Florida.  I picture this type of building multiplied in a pattern along a beach in Florida.  Maybe down the street from the Seinfelds. :)

The high rise condo is called Regency House and is actually in Uptown Phoenix, Arizona.  It is directly acro...

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Bob the Dog, soaking in the sights during a road trip.

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The Phoenix Financial Center is a high-rise office building located along Central Avenue in the Uptown district of Phoenix, Arizona, built in 1968.

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Michael and I, along with our two dogs Chompers and Bob, took a small day road trip up to Prescott/Prescott Valley last Saturday.

This is the view from the first rest stop along the way.  The clouds cast incredible shadows on the terrain below.

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My obsession with the Westward Ho continues...

I purchased Photomatix and Photoshop Elements (finally!), so no doubt more HDR to come.

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PSE7 Textures for a vintage look.

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Downtown Phoenix, Arizona

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Taking a break from long descriptions. :P  I zoomed out during a 3 second exposure to create the effect: a little HDR, a little color manipulation and I called it a day.

Thanks for all your <b>comments and feedback</b>!

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Hate it.  Uploaded it anyways.  Not sure why.  Then I added tags and tossed it in some groups.  Apparently I felt like spreading the frumpiness around today.

Camelback Station
Uptown Phoenix

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