Sedona Hike Just Before Rain – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Well over a year ago, I posted a blog of a photo shoot I had done in Sedona, Arizona. What I liked about that shoot was the beautiful red rock formations against a clear deep blue sky. We were in that area again at the beginning of this year with our youngest daughter and her fiancé. This time, it was cloudy and dreary and had started to rain. We all wanted to get some hiking in before the rains became too intense, so we chose a quick simple trail around Bell Rock. I have attached four of the shots from that shoot as the landscape takes on a different quality with that type of indirect lighting.

The first shot is with Bell Rock to my back, looking out over the valley towards Sedona. See how the rock formations look in that type of consistent lighting without the dramatic shadows and sunlight. I also like the texture the clouds give the sky as a backdrop.

Sedona HIke 1

Sedona Hike 1


The second capture is on the same trail with the plants in the foreground of the backside of Bell Rock. Again, notice the consistent lighting, which deepens the color of the terrain.

Sedona Hike 2

Sedona Hike 2


My third photograph is me almost laying down to get to the same level of the cactus. I love the contrast between the plants and the curved red rock. Without sharp sunlight or shadows, notice the veined patterns in the rock.

Sedona Hike 3

Sedona Hike 3


The final one shows more of the rock strata and colors against the green desert plants.

Sedona Hike 4

Sedona Hike 4



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19 thoughts on “Sedona Hike Just Before Rain – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

  1. Teagan Geneviene

    Ahh Kirt, thank you for this morning feast of southwest scenery. I used to love to watch the play of light against the Sandias in NM. Where some visitors complained that “Everything is brown!” I saw countless changeable shades of orange and purple.
    Sedona is the stuff of dreams. All the different textures you captured are wonderful. Each shot is beautifully composed. Well done. Have a fabulous Friday. Mega hugs!

  2. Dan Antion

    Thanks for sharing these Kirt. You demonstrate that a good photographer knows how to make the best of the conditions he/she finds themselves in, These are beautiful.

  3. Sue Slaght

    Kirt although it is never fun to be caught in the rain, in this case those ominous clouds really add to the photo. I smiled at the one you took laying down. Oh yes I’m always lying about somewhere too. 🙂 Love that angle.

  4. Jet Eliot

    Isn’t it astounding how light can transform a setting? You did a great job here, Kirt, of demonstrating how the storm clouds are influencing everything under the sky. Your Sedona photos are really lovely.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much…I almost ignored this series because it was done on a dreary day and I am so use to seeing these red rocks against a deep blue sky. Glad I took a second look at them…as always, thanks for stopping by!


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