This is another image of the majestic and imposing Cathedral Rock just outside of Sedona, Arizona. It is a sight to behold, especially during the sunset hour when the sun illuminates the entire face of this sandstone formation and everything around it, and just turns this rock into a fiery combination of reds and oranges. It was definitely a breathtaking and peaceful feeling to be in the majesty of Cathedral Rock.
In order to get to the spot where I needed to capture this with any reasonable composition showing what the surrounding landscape is all about, I had to walk for about 1/2 hour from the parking spot to Oak Creek. How naive of me thinking I would be the only one doing this in the middle of the week in the middle of no where. Yes… I was very naive. Knowing then what I know now, I would have arrived at least 2 hours before the sunset. And you ask why???
Well, lets put it this way. For the image you see before you eyes, one third of my tripod was on solid ground while the other two thirds were in water. Needless to say, half of my body was on solid ground and the other half…. well you got the picture. After crossing the creek taking many precarious steps with camera on neck, tripod in hand, and a 30 lbs camera bag on my back, all I could do is this one spot. All the “good” spots were taken by lots of other photographers and locals who knew better (how dare they not know that this guy has traveled all the way from Canada to do this…..)!!!
So, considering what I went through to do this, that’s the best I could do in terms of composition. Next time (and I know there will be a next time), I will bring with me my capming tent. Until then, you will have to live with this image.
Oh and by the way, I couldn’t resist but processing this using some HDR work. I hope you like what you see. And if you do, there may be one more of Cathedral Rock.