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Arizona Desert

[/caption] Jeeping deep in the Arizona Desert offers some spectacular views that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to visit. I noticed several descent hiking and mtn. biking trails but jeeping allows you to go much further into the Desert that would take you days if you were hiking. The most popular off road trails also follow along some of the most historical areas. This shot was taken on 12/26/10 at about 1:15pm. I was looking southwest and the sun was just overhead. We had stopped at an old cabin that was once used during the mining period and there was a small creek running close by. There were several Acacia and Aspen trees lining the creek. I thought that this would make a good photo so I hiked up an abandoned road about 50 feet and took this photo. the jeep trail is just below me and I used the large Aspen tree to block out the harsh light from the sun. I was using my Canon T1i and had my Tokina 12-24mm with the focal length at 24mm. I made sure to attach my warming filter and CIR-PL so I could offset the harshness of the overexposed clouds and bring out the tones of the desert rocks and vegetation. I set the ISO to 100 and the white balance at -1 in order to avoid overexposure. The camera mode was in Program/Normal mode so the aperture was at F-6.3 and the shutter speed was at 1/100 second. One of the best things about having a strong sunlit landscape is that the field of view was very broad so almost all of the photos were in focus. I just made sure that I included a panoramic landscape so the foreground and the background were always in focus. Since the light was descent I wasn’t using a tripod. We were also moving pretty fast so I also didn’t have enough time to set up a tripod. Most of my photos were actually taken from the jeep while we were moving.