Good morning class, this is my report about what I did on my spring vacation. As you probably noticed, this is part one of several. I don’t know the total number parts it will be, because I haven’t written them yet. In fact, I haven’t really started reviewing the images yet. Covid, and the aftermath of needing a surgical procedure really sapped my motivation for things photography related.
The story starts almost a year ago, when we decided that we should take a trip to someplace warm and sunny to celebrate our retirements; the most recent being at the end of February 2021. Since Covid was picking up steam and overseas air travel was looking very risky we decided that the destination needed to be someplace where we could drive. Ultimately, the choice for our primary location became clear, Tucson, Arizona (AZ).
We hit the road on February 26 th, and five days later we arrived at our destination in Tucson, after staying two nights in Temecula, California. The images that follow were captures using my iPhone, a standard Lumix G9, and a full spectrum G9 with IR filters. The images also include locations that are truly un-destinations, and iconic travel destinations.
Temecula is a small town North of San Diego that has retained the “Old West” feeling in its central business district. It is a fun place to visit with small shops, galleries, and cafes; most of which expanded out onto the street in order to have enough capacity to survive.
Tucson, un-destination locations. The following images were taken along the side of the road or behind a building. For the first two images I was out chasing the sunset. I found a good place that faced west across the street from an office building and took the first image. After a short time, I looked to my right and decided that the play of light might look good in infrared. Which resulted in a rush to change cameras and make the second image before the light vanished. The third image occurred the morning after a storm passed through Tucson. We woke to find snow on the nearby mountains, and this image was made by climbing on the wall behind our nearby grocery store.
Tucson, destination locations. The following images were made at, or along the road going to, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Old Tucson Studios, Saguaro National Park – Rincon (East) and Mountain (West) Districts.
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