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Blue Corn Studios came about after years of horseback riding the not-so-beaten trails around SE Arizona and taking literally thousands of pictures of things unique to the Sonoran Desert. We were having incredible encounters with wildlife and capturing our “sees” on camera. For us, this hobby is about sharing the breathtaking Sonoran Desert with our family, friends and the rest of the world. Our subjects range from the people, flora and fauna living in this harsh but vibrant and alive desert to the staggering forces of nature that keep this very fragile environment in balance. Allow us to share with you what our eyes see in this little corner of creation.

While we enjoy exploring all aspects of photography, we never get tired of the small ecosystems surrounding flowers and streams and believe it or not, this desert is rich in both. Reptiles and insects are favorite subjects as are the occasional journey to the center of a flower or into the vug of a rock.

We are self-taught photographers and learn something new every day. We have had the pleasure of meeting and receiving advice from some of Southern Arizona’s premier wildlife/macro photographers but our journey isn’t to follow the path someone else has traveled; rather to work at beating out our own unique path using the knowledge they have so graciously given to us.

A quick word on our pics; “what you see is what you get.” Most of the time we take photos in RAW format, so some slight editing takes place. We will crop or adjust colors as we see fit, but we never photoshop our photos to add or take away details. We want you to be able to “see” what we have really seen!

Canon cameras paired up with Canon zoom and macro lenses are an unbeatable combination. They are easy to use and they consistently produce outstanding photos. We love taking photos with them!

Shea uses her trusty 15 megapixel Canon Rebel T1i with her EF-S 60mm macro and EF 100mm macro lens for her macro shots. Shea recently aquired a new Canon 5D mark II and is in the process of learning this wonderful camera. When she needs more light, she breaks out her Canon Speedlite 380EX while Don is learning his new 18 megapixel 7D and switches between his EF 100mm macro and new EF 70-200 4L/EF 70-300 USM zoom lenses for his shots. When he needs more light he uses his Speedlite 430 EXII flash.

We really hope you love our pictures as much as we have loved experiencing them.

Don and Shea
Blue Corn Studios.
Tucson, AZ.

  • Joined: June 2010
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