Many years ago I fancied myself a part-time professional magician, and for over ten years I was a member of the Tucson chapter of the Society of American Magicians. For several years I hosted their website on my now defunct personal site at a former employer. Later I registered the magicoftucson.com domain name and hosted the site there. As my family grew and interest waned, I let my membership in the organization lapse, and so the website languished on the server, last updated over 5 years ago in June, 2004.
Shortly following this I had the idea to create a website about Tucson and publish it at this domain. About the same time my interest in photography was picking up and I purchased my first DSLR. Time got in the way of my original plans, but thousands of images (another camera and several lenses) later, the vision has been reborn as this website. Fashioned after the Boton Globe’s Big Picture, I am celebrating the city of Tucson via photography using large (by the standards of the web) images.
Images are numbered and given permanent links that can be accessed by clicking the numbers. That way you may refer and link to a specific image in your comments or in a blog post about the image.
The plan is to keep the site updated on a regular basis, with major image updates several times a week. I have more ideas kicking around in my head that I’ll implement as I have time.
The cameras used to capture these images range from a couple of point and shoot cameras: the now dead 2.1 megapixel Fuji Finepix and a 6.1 megapixel Canon PwerShot A540, to the original Canon Digital Rebel and a Canon 40D. The DSLRs have had a number of lenses mounted on them, including the kit lens (18-55mm), the 50mm f1.8, 28-135mm IS USM, 17-40mm f4L, 100mm f2.8 Macro, and the 70-200mm f2.8L But this site is not about the technical aspects of the photography, rather it is about the images and the city.
I hope you enjoy The Magic of Tucson!
About the photographer/author
My name is Mark Newhouse. I am a long-time Tucson resident and amateur photographer. By day I am the Web Designer for the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. When I am not at work my wife calls me “honey” and six children call me “daddy.”