Indian Country, November 2009
These are snaps I made while on Dave Wyman's November 2009 Arches, Moab and Monument Valley trip.
"Indian Country" is a silly name, since innumerable different tribes of Indians are and were all over everywhere in what is now called the United States, Canada, México and the rest of Central and South America.
I reckon this region gets this moniker because the great Navajo Nation (Diné Bikéyah or Navajoland) occupies most of northeastern Arizona and southeastern Utah.
A big a hé héé (thank you) to our Navajo friends!
These snaps are all shot on the Canon S90. Almost all of them are exactly as the JPGs came out of the camera. I know how to set my camera (there's an LCD on the back for goodness' sake) so that I don't have to piddle with my shots later. The only reason I shot a couple of CR2 (raw) files was to see what happened, which was usually boring because the CR2 (and the extra JPG if you want it) are made at default settings.
I set my S90, like all my PowerShots, to Vivid, which you do by hitting FUNC SET, click down to OFF, and right to Vivid. Most shots in daylight were made at -0.7 exposure compensation, and most dim-light shots at 0 compensation. I set i-Contrast to Auto.
I shot most in Auto White Balance with A3 (added amber). To add amber or blue, simply turn the front lens ring when WB is selected.
Today I drove from La Jolla to Phoenix, Arizona, USA, to meet our group.
The Great American Road, 10:05 AM.
Note the six-pointed sunstar on the reflection of the flash; this is caused by the real 6-bladed diaphragm of the S90.
Snapped with an autonomous 2009 Canon S90, Auto ISO chose ISO 80, Program Auto chose f/7.1 at 1/500, zoom set to 6mm (28mm equivalent), built-in flash for fill, AWB, -2/3 comp.
Arizona Territorial Food Law, Yuma, Arizona, 10:53 AM.
Snapped with a hand-held 2009 Canon S90, Auto ISO chose ISO 80, Program Auto chose f/4 at 1/30, 6mm (28mm equivalent), AWB, 0 exposure compensation.
Southwestern Sun, Phoenix, Arizona, 3:48 PM.
I snapped this as it caught my eye as I was unloading my luggage. In Arizona, everyone carries either a loaded gun or a camera. This way we can grab shots we'd miss if we kept our gear locked up at home or in our trunks.
Snapped with a hand-held 2009 Canon S90, Auto ISO chose ISO 80, Program Auto chose f/4 at 1/100, zoomed to 15mm (70mm equivalent), AWB with some added amber, -2/3 comp.
Stairs, Phoenix, Arizona, 3:54 PM.
I snapped this on my next haul of luggage.
If I still wasted my time with DSLRs, my camera would still be wrapped up in its case somewhere not making pictures.
The Auto WB of the S90 works great in shade!
Snapped with a hand-held 2009 Canon S90, Auto ISO chose ISO 80, Program Auto chose f/4 at 1/50, lens at 6mm (28mm equivalent), AWB with some added amber, -2/3 comp.
Restaurant, Phoenix, Arizona, 7:07 PM.
Snapped with a hand-held 2009 Canon S90 as we ate dinner, Auto ISO chose ISO 800, Program Auto chose f/2.8 at 1/25, zoomed to 9.6mm (45mm equivalent), AWB with some added amber, no exposure compensation.
The Black Sun, Phoenix, Arizona, 7:15 PM.
This is the light above my head at the restaurant. Since this shot is about shapes and balance, color has no meaning. Anything that doesn't add to an image makes it weaker, so I set the S90 to black-and-white.
Snapped with a hand-held 2009 Canon S90, Auto ISO chose ISO 250, Program Auto chose f/3.5 at 1/80, zoomed to 12.8mm (60mm equivalent), B/W mode, -2/3 exposure compensation.
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