Ahwautukee, AZ, Jan. 5, 2013

January 16th, 2013 | Posted by Steve in Arizona

There is only 1 photo here so there is no featured image.  This is a bit of an offbeat tale about a photograph that just kind of happened.  Fran & I were in Arizona to meet our son & daughter-in-law.  They are going to move to Phoenix in the summer because he got a job there.

I took along my camera gear hoping to get some interesting shots.  We spent most of the day looking at open houses finally winding up in the suburb of Ahwautuke late in the afternoon.  We found an open house that abutted onto a wilderness area.

As the afternoon light warmed up I asked the real estate agent if I could shoot a few photos from the back yard into the wilderness area.  He didn’t mind.  I got my camera gear and began to set up.

In the back yard I realized the distance to the Saguaro would require a short telephoto lens.  I put the 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom on the camera and went to work.

I didn’t bring a tripod.  This was much to my chagrin because the lens is huge weighing almost 53 ounces.  At first I was shooting faster than 1/500th of a second so hand holding wasn’t a technical problem, but it was a physical problem.  I finally realized I could set the lens on the top of the rear fence and get a sense of stability I lacked with hand held shots.

I did about 12 different compositions bracketing each plus or minus 1/3 of a stop.  This (and its 2 related frames) is the only composition I deemed any good.  It is 1/400th of a second at f/16, ISO 640, 182mm focal length with the lens resting on a fence.  You will also find this in the Black and White Gallery.

IMG_8797 Saguaro

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