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The Story Behind…Death Valley

March 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The Story Behind…
Death Valley

#1 - North from Badwater - Death Valley, California

#2 - Bent Rock Wall - Death Valley, California

Death Valley…what a morbid name for a beautiful and diverse spot on this Earth.  Towering peaks hold winter snow, rare rainstorms bring wildflowers, bighorn sheep, red-tailed hawks and wild burros may be seen and oases harbor tiny fish…believe it or not! 

But why the name Death Valley?  In 1849, during the California gold rush, prospectors called it Death Valley after 13 pioneers perished from one early wagon train, a name that still sticks today.
No denying, it does get hot.  Located in California, Death Valley is one of the hottest places in the world with the hottest air temperature recorded at 134ºF (1913) and hottest surface temperature recorded at 201ºF (1972).
Photo #1:  North from Badwater
White crystals crunched beneath our feet and the 5 mile long distance in front of us appeared ominous.  Badwater Basin is 282 feet below sea level, the lowest elevation point in North America.  During the middle of the Pleistocene era, inland lakes formed but as the area turned to desert, water evaporated leaving an abundance of evaporitic salts such as common sodium salts and borax.  Even today, a small spring-fed pool of water exists next to the road but accumulated salts of the surrounding basin make the water undrinkable or “bad water”…thus the name Badwater.
Photo #2:  Bent Rock Wall
Bent Rock Wall is located in Mosaic Canyon and is an example of the results of enormous geological pressures that pushed and distorted the rock over millions of years.
North from Badwater and Bent Rock Wall were captured on film with a 4x5 view camera.  Arriving at Badwater before sunrise, we hiked out onto the salt lake, setup our breakfast and waited for the sun to come up.  In Mosaic Canyon, we hiked through the canyon where the beauty of various formations was stunning but the most outstanding memory was the rain.  It rained in Mosaic Canyon…really!
Add these Death Valley images to your home decor. 
Available framed, unframed, museum back or canvas gallery wrap.
Other images can be seen at www.BabesPhotos.com/scenics
Contact Arlene for details.

Tip #1

March 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Bring Out The Best In You...

In Front Of The Camera

TIP #1:

Color schemes for group images work best if the color palette is designed from a family of hues such as muted pastel or jewel tones, limiting color choices to two or three.

The Story Behind…Hieroglyphic Canyon

February 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The Story Behind…
Hieroglyphic Canyon

Hieroglyphic Canyon

It was a 1.5 mile trail that took us over a gentle slope covered with cacti until we found ourselves in a boulder-filled canyon and a wall of petroglyphs etched into the weathered surface of the cliffs.
As we photographed the petroglyphs, we stared at each panel and just knew that someone out there must have studied these beautiful inscriptions.  Six degrees of separation played out as we followed contacts from Phoenix, to California, to Flagstaff and found Dr. Donald E. Weaver, Jr., a recognized authority on Southwestern prehistoric rock art.  He documented rock art sites throughout Arizona, one of which was Hieroglyphic Canyon located in Gold Canyon, Arizona.
All it took was a call to Dr. Weaver about our Hieroglyphic Canyon photographs.  He graciously granted permission to paraphrase the history of the petroglyphs from his Monograph No. 1 and proofed the titles we assigned to each image.
Hieroglyphic Canyon, named by settlers in the 1800s even though it contained petroglyphs, served as a base camp for family groups of prehistoric and early historic peoples who hunted and gathered in the vicinity.
With inscriptions cut into the face of its vertical granite canyon walls between A.D. 900 and 1600, Hieroglyphic Canyon’s petroglyphs tell stories of Hohokam cultural groups and their descendants, the Pima.
Depictions of desert bighorn sheep and deer scattered among geometric shield-like elements, plant forms and human figures document the past existence of plentiful big game animals, food gathering activities and ceremonial affairs.
Reference:  The late Dr. Donald E. Weaver, Jr., Hieroglyphic Canyon, ARARA Monograph No. 1, 1985.


Add images of Hieroglyphic Canyon to your home decor with a custom print. 

  • Make a statement with one enlarged petroglyph.
  • Display multiple petroglyphs in a single frame.
  • Create a collection of individual prints.
  • Select a traditional frame, Museum Back or Canvas finishing treatment.

Other images can be seen at www.BabesPhotos.com/scenics
Contact Arlene for details.

The Story Behind…Kakabeka Falls

February 20, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The Story Behind…
Kakabeka Falls

Kakabeka Falls, The Niagara of the North

We heard it and felt it…A thunderous roar and the coolness of tiny droplets of water spraying on and about us.  Mesmerized we were as we watched the falls plummet through the river gorge.  What a magnificent sight and sound!
Kakabeka Falls cascades over a 130 ft. cliff on the Kaministiquia River in Oliver Paipoonge, Ontario, just west of Thunder Bay.  The name "Kakabeka" comes from the Ojibwe word gakaabikaa “waterfall over a cliff".  Because of its size and ease of access, it has been consequently nicknamed "the Niagara of the North".
Captured with a 4x5 camera using a slow shutter speed renders the water in the falls a silky smooth.
Add Kakabeka Falls to your home décor with a custom print. 
Available framed, unframed, museum back or canvas gallery wrap.
Other images can be seen at www.BabesPhotos.com/scenics
Contact Arlene for details.

The Story Behind...Mighty Saguaro

November 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Story Behind…
Mighty Saguaro

078-45 Mighty Saguaro - Tonto National Forest, Arizona078-45 Mighty Saguaro - Tonto National Forest, Arizona

Mighty Saguaro 

A native of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, California and Sonora Mexico the Mighty Saguaro can grow to 50 to 70 feet tall adorned by majestic arms, beautiful white flowers and ruby red fruit.
Besides its beauty the saguaro has multiple uses including a source of food and shelter for the Tohono O’odham Nation, the ribs for harvesting tools and construction and the spines for sewing needles.
The saguaro blossom is Arizona’s state wildflower and its scientific name Carnegiea Gigantea honors Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the 1800s and founded numerous libraries throughout the country under the Carnegie name including Phoenix, Prescott, Tucson and Yuma.
This Mighty Saguaro was found in McDowell Mountain Regional Park and captured on sheet film with a 4x5 large format camera.
Add Mighty Saguaro to your home or office decor with a custom print.
Available framed, unframed, museum back or canvas gallery wrap.
Other images can be seen at www.BabesPhotos.com/scenics
Contact Arlene for details.

The Story Behind...Bougainvillea Blossoms

November 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Story Behind…
Bougainvillea Blossoms

Chrysanths in White

Bougainvillea Blossoms

Native of South America we found these Bougainvillea blossoms in Phoenix.
Bougainvillea…A chameleon it is…both in name and color.
Its aliases:
  • Buganvilla…Spain
  • Bugambilia…Mexico, Cuba, Phillipines
  • Pokok Bunga Kertas…Indonesia
  • Veranera…Colombia, Costa Rica
  • Santa Rita…Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil
  • Papelillo…Peru
Its colors:
  • Pink
  • Scarlet
  • Gold
  • Orange
  • Salmon
  • White
Add Bougainvillea Blossoms to your home or office decor with a custom print.
Available framed, unframed, museum back or canvas gallery wrap.
Other images can be seen at www.BabesPhotos.com/scenics
Contact Arlene for details.

2017 Holiday Special

October 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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20th Anniversary Holiday Special

Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas

Special family memories
And the spirit of gift-giving…
Tis the magic of the holidays
Just around the corner!


Schedule your portrait session
by November 11 and take
advantage of Babe’s Photos
20th Anniversary Holiday Special.


$89 Portrait Session Special

  • 30 minute session
  • One outfit
  • Studio or Location
  • (Studio:  One backdrop)
  • (Location:  South Mountain)
  • (Location:  Lakewood)

For You or For Gifts

  • Wall Portraits
  • Framed Portraits
  • Holiday Cards
  • Lay-flat Books
  • Image Folios
  • Photo Statues

Offer expires November 11, 2017.

Executive & Commercial sessions excluded.




October 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Did You Know?
Babe’s Photos Produces Commercial Imagery.

When it comes to products…
70% of shoppers look for 3 photos or more when shopping online.
(USA Snapshots 2017)

Always remembering that…
Quality product photography = Perceived product value

Part 3:  360º Spin Product Imagery

What is 360º Spin Photography?
360º Spin Photography technique captures a series of individual product images allowing rotation of the image revealing details on all sides of the product.

Software is used to compose these individual images into an interactive 360º display that supports drag/swipe to turn the object to the left/right. This causes the visual appearance of a fluidly rotating object.
Babe’s Photos 360º spin photography…
Offers 12, 24, 36, 48 and 72 image captures to produce various degrees of fluidity.
Image Sample Links
Cat 24 Image 360º Spin

The Story Behind… Chrysanths in White

September 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Story Behind…
Chrysanths in White

Chrysanths in White
Call them Chrysanthemums or Mums or Chrysanths.
Color this flower white and you have a symbol of loyalty, devoted love, truth and purity…a thread found throughout the world…
America:  Respect and honor
Asia:  Life and rebirth
Australia:  Official Mother’s Day flower due to nickname “Mums”
Belgium & Austria:  Memorial flower, placing on graves.
Buddhists:  Powerful Yang energy.
China:  Long life, good luck in the home.
Europe: Sympathy
Victorian:  Truth, friendship, well-wishing.
It is widely believed that if you ever want to find the truth about a particular situation, just give this flower to the person who can enlighten you about the situation.
Bring “loyalty and truth” into your home with a large scale wall print of "Chrysanths in White".

Available framed unframed, museum back or canvas gallery wrap.
Other images can be seen at www.BabesPhotos.com/scenics
Contact Arlene for details.

National Dog Day!

August 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

National Dog Day!

To all furry friends out there…
Hey…August 26 is our day…National Dog Day.

Tell your Mom & Pop to show you off with a Babe’s Photos portrait!
Contact Arlene...she will handle it from there.