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by on Apr.27, 2014, under Articles, Lightroom, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing

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?

Bisbee-102   Bisbee-101   Bisbee-103   Bisbee-105   Bisbee-106   Bisbee-107   Bisbee-108   Bisbee-109   Bisbee-110   Bisbee-111   Bisbee-104   Bisbee-112

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.

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6 Comments for this entry

  • Jim Tidd

    As I expect from you great work. Hope all is well with you.

    • Lee

      Hi Jim,
      A voice from the past. I wish you the same health and good fortune. How are your photographic endeavors? Are you still making those wonderful bird images?

      • Jim Tidd

        I have not done much in quite some time as business demands have taken priority. I am spending a great deal of time with my granddaughter (see her recent photo here)

        I have decided to back away from the business later this summer so I will have more time for motorcycles and photos. Stay well my friend.

        • Lee

          Jim, this summer might be a great time to take the MC to Maine and photograph puffins. Of all the critters I’ve photographed, puffins have to be the cutest (not as cute as your granddaughter, of course!)

  • Dick Schroeder

    Bisbee looks to be worth a visit as long as we don’t have to talk politics. Kind of a funky place. Enjoyed your compositions and the colors.

    • Lee

      Us right-leaning, conservative old dudes definitely don’t want to talk politics in Bisbee but I like their “live & let live” attitude. We’re thinking of spending 4-6 weeks in that area during the summer because it’s much cooler. Thanks for the compliment, everything in Bisbee is very colorful including the characters walking around the streets!

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