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Thursday, June 14, 2012


I was rummaging through my accumulated bike photos and ran across the one above and thought I'd pass it along.  It was one of those shots that I didn't notice at the time but in retrospect decided I liked.  Taken in 2004 with a Nikon D70.


Trobairitz said...

I like it too. I like how the sun is coming in by the solo cactus.

Unknown said...


I used to have a D70, and also a D80. It would scare me to be out in the desert at night. I wonder if you made it home safely ?

No HDR back then, I'm squinting . . . are you parked by the side of the road ? I thought you were camping

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Doug Klassen said...

Bob, I simply stopped by the side of the road to snap a few pictures of the sunset. That cliche of cactus and sunset is always difficult to resist. The roadside location is clear on my monitor, I have often wondered how different (worse) the photos look on other's monitors and browsers. Blogger tends to degrade photos although I've figure out how to compensate a little for that.

I didn't make it home safely, I was chased by a pack of coyotes and finally taken prisoner by drug smugglers lurking in the desert. A gun battle ensured, I was wounded in several places but dug the bullets out with my trusty bowie knife and was healed up before I even got home that night. Such is a normal day in the desert.

Truly, the desert is an amazing place at night and the greatest danger is backing into one of the smaller cacti.

I didn't keep the D70 very long. Without automatic sensor cleaning and in our dusty environment, changing lens was always stressful. I sold the camera quickly and went back to my CoolPix 8700/8800 until 2008 when I bought the Nikon D90.

WooleyBugger said...

This is like one of those old motorcycle ad photos. Makes you want to get out and enjoy the solitude and reflect on the day.
What a great wall poster it would make.
Sounds like a rough trip by what you tell bobscoot. Hell, I bet you even used the bowie cold and threw away the whiskey cause the pain was like mere flea bites.

Doug Klassen said...

WB, I poured the whiskey on the bowie knife to sterilize it before I dug the bullets out.

Inhaled by the Mist said...

I was wondering why you hadn't sterilized the knife with whiskey, that is such a given when digging out bullets with a Bowie knife. Very nice pic!

Unknown said...

Those are the best times to take a picture. The Arizona backdrop and a stretch of road are all it takes. Nice work.

Nadirch & Cohen said...

Beautiful shot!!! :D

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