My visit to Sedona…

Back in February (2013), after completing a five-day photo documentary assignment for a bride and groom in Las Vegas, my partner, Beth, and I left Sin City for a five-day excursion in Arizona.  After catching up with friends, Jim and Judy, in Lake Havasu (AZ), we journey on to Sedona, taking Route 40 East most of the way, but managed a brief diversion on Route 66.

Route 66 - Arizona

Route 66 – Arizona

As I had never been to Sedona, and had heard so much about its natural beauty and mysterious “vortexes”, I was very excited about the prospect of checking it out.  Beth and I booked three nights in the comfortable Orchards Inn Hotel, which provided stunning views from our back balcony (and the views from the front landing weren’t so bad either!).

Unfortunately, the only really “good” light we had for photography was on the afternoon of our arrival, and I didn’t have a chance to get the Nikon out in time to capture any of the golden rays across the red rock landscape (though I did manage a shot or two from the back balcony while we were enjoying a glass of wine!).

Our second full day in Sedona brought in a lot of low cloud obscuring any decent chance at capturing this unique landscape, with the third day bringing snow.  Yes, snow!  Though it was “interesting” to be in Sedona for a rare snow-fall (we ended up getting about six inches of the white stuff), it put a huge damper on my plans to photograph the region.

We made a last-ditch effort on our final morning by embarking on a three-hour 4WD tour, but the snow and low cloud continued, and I barely got off a shot for the entire tour.  I was about to give up.

Not being one to ever give up, before setting off back to Vegas for our final night, and taking a round-about route to get there due to the conditions in the Oak Creek Canyon on up to Flagstaff (where we would have picked up Route 40 West), we decided to take our rental car a few miles up the canyon to see what we could see.  And, you know what we saw?  More snow and low cloud!  Ugh.

In desperation, we pulled the car over and I took a 15-minute walk along the canyon road, giving me occasional glimpses through the trees at the towering red rocks, basked in snow.  Though I was still dealing with the low cloud problems (i.e., flat light and gray skies), I managed to crank off one frame that I am very pleased with. So, it wasn’t a totally wasted trip (photographically) after all!

Here it is:

Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona Arizona

Oak Creek Canyon – Sedona Arizona

Image Technical Data:

Camera:  Nikon D700

Lens:  Nikkor 28mm – 300mm f/3.5 – f/5.6

Lens Focal Length:  116mm

Aperture:  f/11.0

Shutter Speed:  1/80 sec

ISO:  200

Accessories:  No tripod (shot was “hand held”)

For more of my Sedona images, as well as a few shots from Route 66 in Arizona, CLICK HERE

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