Something like twenty years ago I went out to visit a buddy in Tucson, Arizona. As I recall, I was assured that the weather there was a steady stream of hot, sunny, dry days. Nothing but the sort of reptile-friendly weather that Your Humble Filmosaur thrives upon. Guaranteed.
It probably goes without saying that this prediction was right up there with the unsinkability of the Titanic in its accuracy. Nonetheless, we headed off to a park just outside the city for a bit of hiking; I suspect I did more complaining than anything else, but then I’m a problem that way. The sun did make some appearances, and in those moments I was able to get some decent photos. At least after I’d stop shivering and dried off.
I had my trusty Pentax SFX with me, largely because at that point I don’t think I owned another camera. It acquitted itself pretty well, especially considering that this was during my “full-auto-just-point-and-shoot” period. Those were dark times, or would have been without auto exposure….
I suspect that slight vignetting at the top corners came when shooting at the wide end of the zoom and was due to stacking a polarizing filter on top of a UV filter. This is of course completely unnecessary and probably downright wrong in virtually every conceivable circumstance, but what did I know?
The scenery was obviously quite striking, irrespective of the vagaries of the weather and my own photographic blundering. The vistas were majestic. The colors were spectacular. The cacti were numerous and pointy.
Quite pointy indeed, as shown by this macro shot. I enjoy macro photography, and the Pentax is quite good at it, even with the kit lens. I should do more of it.
Clouds or no, it’s a pretty place. The clouds actually made the light rather more interesting, casting those dark shadows across the otherwise bright landscape, adding depth and contrast to the scene. It’s easy to see that now. Back then I just wanted the sun to come out and warm things up.