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Sunset, Red Rock Crossing, Sedona

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 12 February 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

And now for something completely different....

Last May three photographer friends (Don Smith, Mike Hall, and my brother, Jay) and I embarked on a road trip to scout Northern Arizona for Don's upcoming Northern Arizona photo workshop ( In addition to a fantastic time, we had some superb photography. The best day was also our toughest. We started with a beautiful Grand Canyon sunrise shoot, then drove to Page where we photographed Horseshoe Bend and Upper Antelope Canyon as a storm approached. Tired but still not satisfied, we hightailed it to Sedona for sunset.

The reflections were crisp and Cathedral Rock was already starting to warm when we arrived at Sedona’s Red Rock Crossing. True to form, the four of us piled out of the car and went our separate ways in search of our own vision. As I moved along the shore I soon realized the best foreground options required me to stand in the creek (Oak Creek), so I rolled up my pants sloshed in. Oblivious to the cold, I found a number of compositions that excited me, and I worked them in my usual fashion, tight/wide, horizontal/vertical, and playing with depth of field and my polarizer.

The light was fantastic and getting better by the minute when this rain cloud scooted into the scene, depositing a few large drops but mostly evaporating before reaching the ground. I was grateful that I’d already found some compositions that worked for me, so rather than explore further while this amazing display was underway, I returned to what I knew and shot everything all over again. When the show was over the four of us met at the car and shared our similar excitement with what we’d just witnessed.

While some would call conditions like this dumb luck, I’ll take some comfort from the words of Louis Pasteur, who told us “Chance favors the prepared mind.” In other words, while Mother Nature did the heavy lifting, I think the four of us deserve some credit for being the only ones out there.

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great shot

12 Feb 2009 7:14am

Double KK Photography from West Richland, United States

beautiful photo I love the colors and reflections great job

12 Feb 2009 4:58pm

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Great shot. Colours are splendid, composition too. Love it !

12 Feb 2009 5:25pm

Batkoï from Salon de Provence, France

superb composition, and the light is so beautiful

12 Feb 2009 9:32pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

fantastic photo! excellent composition indeed, incorporating the reflection was a great idea! the light is brilliant and the level of sharpness and clarity is auperb as well!

13 Feb 2009 3:49am

Didier from somewhere, France

Very beautiful photgraph I like the colors and the reflections

24 Feb 2009 8:09pm

Eric Rousset from Grasse, France

Like the warm tones n the reflections.Good job Gary ;-))

10 May 2009 5:24pm