The Digital Photo Guy

A Day in the Life of Wickenburg

by on Nov.23, 2014, under Lightroom, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Topaz Labs

Photographs from Around Town

The Wickenburg Photography Group promoted an event to create photographs showing life in and around Wickenburg. For my part, I made arrangements to photograph at Date Creek Ranch, a working ranch where Mary & I get our beef and pork. Four intrepid photographers from Prescott, Sun City West and Goodyear joined me at Oh-Dark-Thirty. Fortunately, there was a cloud cover so the morning temps were around 45F instead of the 32F it had been the day before. Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot.

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Chaparral Moves Into New Location

Chaparral Homemade Ice Cream, a real Wickenburg success story, has moved out of it’s historic but crumbling building to a spiffy new location right off the busy highway leading into town from the south. Doubly cool, it’s now located in the same plaza as the Arizona MVD so people renewing drivers’ licenses or registrations can calm their nerves afterwards with a sweet treat at Chaparral. Tony & Pam Rovida are among the hardest working people I’ve ever met and I wish them huge success in this new store.

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The shelves are still a bit sparse since they’re not yet officially open but they were kind enough to stock the display case and soda barrel for my photos of A Day in the Life of Wickenburg. Marah is the cute cashier who was one of my first models in Wickenburg.

All the photos on this post were made with a Canon 5D MkII and Canon 24-105/4L IS. Although I carry the Canon EOS-M mirrorless 98% of the time, I still find myself grabbing the 5D MkII when heading out to a shoot. It never fails me except when I screw up which is often. All photos were processed in Adobe Lightroom 4. I have a few more that I’ll post after PP in Topaz Labs Adjust.

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Pat Lee

    Very nice photos, Lee. Really get a true western feel from these beautiful shots. Being a fan of black and white it was nice to see both color and black and white used. Especially like the “light play” one with the window in the middle.

    I am interested in your use of Topaz. Am going to need some good software for adjusting focus of photos taken in the 60’s, 70’s. Have Topaz In Focus but have not learned all its features. Wonder if it will be sufficient.

    • Lee

      Thanks for reading Pat,
      The ranch was a “free fire zone” for photography. I have Topaz In Focus but it’s been a while since I’ve used it. Your best bet is to join the Topaz Labs Forum and post your question there. In the past, it’s always been a pretty active forum. Hope that helps.


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