Planning, preparing, planning some more, and preparing some more, is always my starting point for any trip. I love thinking out the details dreaming up a location and making it become a reality which Sedona is always at the top of my list. Red rocks everywhere amazing views anywhere you look, it is honestly such a photographer’s paradise it almost makes it overwhelming to find the perfect location, beyond that the location and time.
This trip I picked the beautiful Cathedral Rock location as the weather was going to be warm enough I thought it would scare away some of the tourists and leave me with the area all to myself which 95 degrees seemed to do the trick. Arriving at the location with only a handful of people passing through I was just waiting for the colors to start changing. Fueling up with a Pink Lemonade flavored 5-hour ENERGY® shot I watched the sun ignite the Red Rocks as they glowed listening to the desert start to come alive and the bats begin to fly around.
I am always shooting a few shots here and there but I always like to take a few minutes before the sky starts to change colors to sit and take in the beauty. Take some deep breaths and feel all the elements around me and begin to look around at some angles I would like to capture before pursuing them. About 30 minutes before the official sundown timing I will start to shoot lining up angles watching the sky change and capture both east and west to get the different lightings.
I have always loved sunsets as my favorite time is the golden hour and stretching into night long exposures to play with lighting and effects even more. Usually, this creates some late nights but when the whole world is sleeping there is something so peaceful about being in the middle of the desert with the moon glowing with not a soul in sight. A perfect end to a perfect day.
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