This was taken near the end of March 2020. Quarantine had been in place for a couple weeks. I was experimenting with the black and white setting on my camera. This helped me get more familiar with many of the settings as black and white photos require different exposure from color photos. This was on Fourth Avenue in Tucson, AZ. I like this shot because you can see a person in the shade but you can’t see any details about the person. The desert is a great place to get those dark and like contrasts, especially on bright spring days. I would consider this my first venture into street photography as well. This is one of my favorite shots I’ve taken.
When the lockdown and quarantine first started in the United States in March 2020, I had so much free time that I wandered parts of Tucson to take photos. I cannot remember if this was on the University of Arizona campus or if it was just south of campus. I took many photos walking to campus and then many more while I was on campus. The palm trees in Tucson all blend together after a while. Though they weren’t anywhere near each other on the ground, from my perspective looking up, all these trees looked like a group of friends meeting for lunch. They didn’t get the memo about social distancing. This was one of many gorgeous days we had during lockdown.
This is one of my favorite photos. This is a statue in Tucson, AZ on the Historic Fourth Avenue near the underpass that leads downtown. I was experimenting with having backgrounds that were focused along with the foreground. It was a beautiful warm December day. I feel the statue looks more alive in this photo than seeing it in person. It’s beautiful either way. Now that’s two reasons to visit Tucson. The warm December days and to see the local artwork. There are many statues and murals. It’s worth visiting at least once.