Wind Spinner, Gilbert AZ

This year, my regular walk along Queen Creek Wash in Gilbert turned up road runners, a spoon, chuparosa bushes, a glory of palo verde, geckos, desert cottontails, and a wind spinner in a yard backing onto the path.

I’m starting to experiment with effects possible with slow shutter speeds.  To do better with this one, I think I’d need a neutral density filter (to avoid overexposing while leaving the shutter open long enough to make streaks of the coloured plastic circles on the vanes of the spinner) and I should use a tripod (which I don’t carry on my multi-mile walks.  Go figure.).

I’d also want a less distracting background.  I’m sure the owners of this house will get right on that for me.  But this is a start, showing me what can be done.

Coloured streaks from a wind spinner, using a slow shutter speed.



  1. Judith Umbach

    Love the abstract nature of this photo. Since I never saw the original site and don’t know what you were envisioning, I enjoy the background as part of the effect.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Judith – I think I was trying to copy/evoke a night photo of a ferris wheel that I saw in a photography book. Not in the daytime without a special lens. I think it’s just a bit busy for my eye.

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