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Arizona highways

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I probably should have titled this Arizona highways image “An Ode to Mike” since fellow photog friend Mike Olbinski is always posting cool road shots.   Last weekend I made a trip out toward one of my favorite places, Lost Dutchman State Park.    We had just had rain and with the lower temperatures there was snow on the Supers.  Of course somehow I had managed to scare the clouds away by the time I arrived.  Given the clouds were gone, and the snow was on the backside, I bailed on the Supers and headed out on the highway.  Looking for adventure. (Love that song)

So back in the Tacoma and continuing on Highway 88 with Plan B in mind.  Plan B being capture anything that looks cool.  As I crested a small hill I had a nice stretch of highway looming before me that was loaded with a puffy sky.  Plan B had found me.  Of course getting these shots is not without some risk.  You get to be that stupid photographer standing in the middle of the road taking pictures.  All the while hoping that your sense of hearing is your best attribute or end up on the evening news.  Safe to say I got the shot and made it back in one piece.

The AZ sky we have here is simply amazing.  Anytime the clouds are around I am compelled to head out and grab some brackets.  Summer is coming which means heat and cloudless sky (Boo again Mother Nature). I look forward to capturing more Arizona highways as the adventure continues.

Until next time…




  1. Jason Hines April 13, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    I love road shots like this. NIce one Chris.

  2. Kristi Hines April 13, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Definitely some great cloud coverage in this one. Plus I love the cactus standing out on the right. Great shot!

  3. A.Barlow April 13, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    I like how the shot takes you from cold to warm from the clouds to the road.

  4. Tobias George April 13, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Love the warm tones in this shot! Well done.

  5. Jesse Pafundi April 13, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Great light. Love those shadows

  6. Brian Furbush April 13, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    Great shot Chris – glad I came across your blog! Beautiful scenery.

  7. Michelle Riachi April 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    I think I found a fabulous picture for my center wall at the office. I have been looking for six month now. I love it!

  8. Chris April 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Thanx everyone for the kudos.

    Michele we will talk about getting you a print.

  9. Ryan Sexton April 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    Great colors and tones.

  10. Scott Wood April 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    Gorgeous shot. I love the tones and the processing is spot on.

  11. Terence Chang April 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    WOW! Nice shot! I like color combination. Blue sky, Yellow landscape and white lines.

    Awesome photo!

  12. Ness April 20, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    Excellent composition. I like the way you lead the viewers eye. Great shot.

  13. Lois Bryan May 3, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    the kind of image that makes me want to hop in the car and leave it all behind … well, all except for the camera gear, of course!!! Fabulous pov … colors … WOW!!!!! (DO hope this wasn’t a belly shot flat out in the middle of the road, lol!!!!!) WOW and WOW!!!!!

  14. Mike McElhaney May 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    Very nicely done.

  15. toni vaughan May 20, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    nice image, love the clouds… Don’t fret, hopefully the monsoon season will bring some nice stom clouds this summer..

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