Bisbee, AZ, a Cool, Hippie-Dippie Town
In January, I posted about Bisbee after my first trip to this cool, quirky town in SE Arizona. We recently went back to meet birder friends in Sierra Vista, AZ. Previously, I only thought of SV as home to Fort Huachuca (Wa-choo-ka) which, back in the early 1900s, was headquarters to the famed Buffalo Soldiers. Today, it’s HQ to the US Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, aka NETCOM. I’m guessing Buffalo Soldiers are rolling over in their graves knowing that their warrior history is being diluted by Geeks In Fatigues!
Birding isn’t my thing so I took the opportunity to drive to Bisbee two days in a row to photograph this fun, weird, interesting, unique hippie-dippie town. Here are some of my favorites. This time, I refrained from slathering on too much Topaz Labs effects and tried to let the photos speak for themselves. Can you identify the two photos that fell victim to Topaz Labs Adjust?
The Bisbee 1000 referenced in the 3rd photo from the end is a crazy race held in October. Contestants run up 1034 steps at 9 different venues around town. It’s a serious cardio workout but to make it even more interesting about 12 years ago, they added the Iceman Challenge. Replicating the ice delivery man of yore, contestants race up 155 steps carrying a 10 lbs block of ice with antique ice tongs.
All photos were made with either a Canon 5D Mk II and 24-105/4L or Canon EOS-M with 22/2.0 (I’m really beginning to love this camera.) I used my lightweight Gitzo 1228 with a Cullman ballhead for most photos. On the first day, the sky was overcast and the light was beautiful. The 2nd day was the exact opposite with bright, harsh light. All photos were processed in LR4 with most simply being cropped, levels, sat/contrast and sharpening. Two photos were further processed in Topaz Labs Adjust 5.