Papago Park is a well known place in Tempe that people go to hike, bike, and sight see. It’s also very popular with Photographers because of the scenic backdrop and beautiful sunsets. I have been here 3 times so far. Below are 1-2 posts from each of those. Gives you a good idea of the different looks and types of images you can take here.
I did hike up on the rocks for this one. I wore hiking boots with this dress- quite the fashion statement I must say. The sun was directly in my face so I was squinting slightly (and I look so serious). There is a shadow on the side of my nose. Other than this, I think the lighting was okay.
On this image, the sun was nearly set. I had a pretty high ISO, but my shutter speed was really low. I’m surprised there wasn’t more blur on this photo. Next time, I will need to increase the ISO even more. With more expensive lenses, you could open the aperture to F1.2 on a 50 mm lens or a F1.8 on an 85 mm. This lets more light in which results in a faster shutter speed. The shutter speed is the amount of time that the aperture opens and closes.
When your aperture is smaller (higher F number), it lets less light in and so the shutter speed has to compensate. And in my case- it was much slower to let more light in to accurately expose the image.
A very different type of photo that I’ve taken. I thought, hey why not? The rock was super uncomfortable but this was breaking out of my comfort zone. There were some hikers and MTB’s passing me by so I had to just keep telling myself that it doesn’t matter what people think. 🙂 So far one of my go to outfits is black. This color is easy to put together and I think it works well in the outdoors.
Three different types of photos in one location. I hope this post gave you a better idea of the types of images you can take here. The possibilities are endless. Overall, I had a difficult time with getting the correct color for my skin tone. It seems like it took on some of the orange from the rocks.
This is a beautiful place and for now it’s free. I definitely recommend Papago as one of your go to places for pictures. Afterwards, you can head down to Mill Avenue or Tempe Marketplace for a nice meal.
Do you have experience with taking photographs at Papago? Would love to hear your experience. Thanks for reading- and Have an Amazing Day!!