I’m in Arizona this week, starting off in Phoenix, then up to Flagstaff to visit my friends Crystal and Paul. On a day trip from Flagstaff this past Friday, I went down to Sedona and hiked the Doe Mountain trail in Coconino National Forest.
Here’s a photo from early in the hike. I hiked up to the ridge shown in this photo.
There were some nice wildflowers at the top, including this Claret Cup Cactus. (Echinocereus triglochidiatus)
Next up, Monument Valley and a trip to Hunt’s Mesa.
While traveling last week, I consulted Volume 2 (Arizona) of Laurent Martrès’ book series, Photographing the Southwest.
As their name implies, the books describe a variety of locations for photography in the southwest, including directions and good times of day to photograph. I’ve learned of places I probably never would have found on my own.
One place recommended by the book was Devil’s Bridge, a stone arch in the Coconino National Forest, near Sedona. I drove a mile and a half down a rough 4WD road, and then hiked about one mile to get to the arch. (I wasn’t going to let my injured leg dissuade me.)
When I arrived at the arch, it was still in morning shadow, but the rest of the valley was in full sun. There was too much contrast to render the scene with a single image in my camera. So, I tried my hand at some high-dynamic range (HDR) photography. I’ve tried HDR in the past, without much success. But I recently met Trey Ratcliff, an HDR expert and author of the blog http://www.stuckincustoms.com/. I decided to try again.
So here’s a merged set of three different exposures of Devil’s Bridge. (Click the image to enlarge.)
I plan to post a couple more HDR photos in the next few days.
Thursday, I was in Sedona, Arizona. I went on a short two-mile hike (on an injured leg—bummer) to a large sandstone arch named Devil’s Bridge, in Coconino National Forest. Here’s a view along the way. I hope to post some HDR images of the arch later.
I also visited the nearby town of Jerome. Once a huge copper mining community, it is now known for its artists and art galleries.
Finally, I ended the day at the Sedona Airport Scenic Overlook for sunset. Thin clouds have been coming in during the late afternoons, and the sunsets haven’t been that spectacular. However, I do like the clouds in this infrared shot.