The Digital Photo Guy

My New Friends

by on May.30, 2012, under Articles, gear, Monday Morning Tips

Friendly People and Critters of AZ

When I wanted citrus trees planted around our house to provide shade and fruit, Sonoran Tree Service came out and planted several lemon and orange trees. While chatting with Paul, the company owner, I learned he owned an Epson Stylus Pro 7800, a 24″ printer that he was having difficulty keeping clog free due to lack of use.

A few weeks later, Paul offered to give me his 7800 as long as he could make occasional prints. I was more than happy with that deal. The photo below shows my Epson Stylus Pro 3880 in front of the 7800. As you can see, that extra 7″ of carriage width translates to a huge difference in overall dimensions.

Paul and I also discussed using his 60 foot “mini-lift” for photography opportunities. Normally, the mini-lift is used to reach parts of trees that are too high for ladders but it sits unused during weekends. I thought we could use it to take photos of events and groups as well as homes for sale.

So, if you’re in AZ and would like to rent the mini-lift for your next HS senior portraits, team shoots, proms, graduation ceremonies, or other creative ideas, email me. If you’re a realtor and want to add amazing views of your listings, call me. If you’re an event organizer and want memorable photos of your next party, parade or gala, we’re the ones you want. The mini-lift is narrow enough to fit through most conventional doors so indoor use is easy-peasy.

Another New Friend

Mary and I went for a drive to what’s left of Castle Hot Springs resort. Along the way, we met this new Arizona friend.

I’ve heard of gila monsters but have never seen one in the wild. When I spotted it along a wash, I jumped out with my 24-105 and assumed I would be able to get within a few feet. Wrong! The little bugger was fast and, after a moment of thought, I decided I didn’t want to get too close in case he took offense and went on the offensive.

This is heavily cropped, ~2.6MP compared to the ~18MP original. Still, that’s enough pixels for a nice 8×10 with slight resampling.

If you have an encounter with a gila monster, I recommend at least 200mm and longer unless you want to chase a venomous critter through the brush.


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