Monday, March 21, 2011

Bootlegger Rapids

Hiking in Oak Creek Canyon is one of our favorite activities when visiting Sedona, AZ. This image is from the rapids below the Bootlegger day use area.

The photo geek info: 35-70mm lens with a 2-stop ND filter, f/22, 1s exposure. Processing in ACR/CS5.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sunrise - Sedona Day 3

This morning I rose early to greet the sun. Sedona is usually known for sunset images.

I call this image "Fire on the Horizon"

35mm, f/8, 1/125s, -1.0 EV

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Old Man of the River

Yes, this is Sedona. And no it isn't a red rock at sunset. However, it was a striking image when I saw it through the viewfinder:

The Old Man of the River

I love sycamore trees. Their light colored bark often provides a highlight to an image. Here in Arizona the local variety is very attractive.

This morning we drove up Oak Creek Canyon above the red rock country. Sedona sets at the base of a plateau that separates northern and southern Arizona. Oak Creek has cut a deep canyon, and we went looking for images of moving water.

We found the moving water in abundance (hint, more to come) but while scrambling around the boulders in search of an angle I saw this tree. The tenacity shown by the tree's exposed roots for the claim to it's space on the bank was inspiring.

For you LOTR fans: Tom Bombadil Lives !!

Cathedral Rock - Sedona

We are spring breaking in Arizona this week. We are starting off with several days in Sedona. Of course, that means sunsets and red rocks! But there is much more than that. Stay tuned

One of the iconic images from Sedona is Cathedral Rocks from the edge of Oak Creek. Here is my image:

I'm pleased with the way the image came out. I would call this the 75-cent version. The $1 version is the famous image with the pinnacles reflected in Oak Creek. However, this time of year the spring runoff is still in progress so the river is rough and muddy (no reflections, boo...) I guess that is a reason to return in the fall when the creek is low :-))

The light was great, but you could ask for a little more cloud action behind the peak, but the rich blue sky is a plus.

Photo geek info: Nikon D7000, 35-70mm, f/8 @ 1/750s. Conversion in ACR