Arizona is not what you might expect. There are deserts, but there are also mountains, rivers and riparian valleys. Although beautiful, it isn’t always easy to photograph. The light is hard and harsh, providing too much contrast, areas reduced to white haze or pitch blackness.

Photographing scenery takes patience and luck. You have to wait for the light and then hope you’re there when it is just right. But, it also involves skill in balancing the photo and drawing the eye into it, in setting up both a foreground and a background and letting the right one dominate. The photographer has to select the proper picture to frame and frame it without distracting elements or find ways to minimize their effect.

Buildings are also a challenge. They should not usually be approached straight on. Looking up, or from the side or through a window is usually better. Sometimes closing in on architectural elements is a great approach.

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