The Digital Photo Guy

Sunflowers Galore

by on Sep.03, 2013, under Articles, Monday Morning Tips

White Mountains of Arizona

Mary and I took Arbey the RV (get it?) up to the Show Low, Pinetop & Lakeside area of Arizona for a week. It was my first time up there so it was interesting to see a completely different side of AZ. We were amazed at the huge displays of mountain sunflowers. It turned out that the locals had never seen such a massive display either. We were told this was the tallest and most bountiful display they had seen in decades. We just happened to be there at the right time.

Fort Apache-2   Fort Apache-5635   Fort Apache-5648

The first is one of the few HDRs that I like. It’s subtle enough to pass as a regular photo but HDR has added enough “pop” to make it better than the original. I used a 3 frames at 0, +2, -2 and combined them in Photomatix Essentials with Remove Ghosts checked. The wind was blowing enough that the flowers would have been badly ghosted otherwise. The longest lens I had was 200mm to I couldn’t active my “Move Horse Closer” mode. I could crop it a bit tighter but I was using my Canon 7D so full frame is 18MP. If I crop by 50% to make the horse twice as large, I only have 9MP, not enough for a large print. My other option is to print large, perhaps 24″ x 36″. Decisions, decisions!


6 Comments for this entry

  • Karen

    I never would’ve guessed this was a view of the Arizona landscape! Beauties, all!

    • Lee

      Hi Karen,
      Most people imagine AZ as a vast expanse of desert and cacti but the highest peak is 12K feet and the lowest point is sea level so there’s a wide range of scenery. The White Mountains are a favorite place for lowlanders to escape the summer heat.

      I like the clean, white layout of your site and the kitten series is very cute. I followed links on your site of people on EV. Many have greatly improved their photography from years ago. Thanks for being a faithful reader.

  • Dick

    Hi Lee, I’m liking the first one best. Excellent!

  • Juan

    I REALLY like the second one. First one was awesome too. I still use my 7D as well. Hope all is well!

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