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Red Rocks – Green Desert: Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Last week I posted some shots from a hike, my son-in-law and I did a few weekends back. We went to Camelback Mountain here in the Phoenix area for a hike. It was a beautiful Saturday morning with perfect weather. Camelback is well known for the steepness of the trail. You ascend 1200 feet in just over a mile. It’s very popular this time of year with the weather here just in the 80’s and not yet the heat of the summer. The area is beautiful and is known for the red rock outcroppings rising from the desert floor. Never one to be without my camera, I had a great time as we ascended the trail. What I wanted to share today is the contrast between the red rock of the area and the green desert around it. This is the only time of year the contrast is so vibrant. The desert plant life does maintain some green during the heat of the summer, but not as vivid as spring. With all of that said, I love the contrast between the two rich colors and wanted to share some of my shots.

Camelback Red Rock 1

Camelback Red Rock 1

This first shot shows part of the ridge-line that makes up Camelback Mountain. We took a side trail that leads into a small valley away from the main trail. Notice the green land rising up to the ridge forming a point. That portion of the mountain is softer rock and has eroded more readily over the millennium. It comes down into this little valley and you see it littered with large and small boulders.

 

Camelback Red Rock 2

Camelback Red Rock 2

This next shot is in the same area as the first photograph. Again, the contrast of the green plant life against the red rocks and blue sky creates a beautiful scene.

Camelback Red Rock 3

Camelback Red Rock 3

Camelback Red Rock 4

Camelback Red Rock 4

Camelback Red Rock 5

Camelback Red Rock 5

Photographs 3, 4 and 5 are the boulders that have fallen over the years and sit on the desert floor creating that spectacular color contrast.

 

Camelback Red Rock 6

Camelback Red Rock 6

This last photograph is away from the area of the valley and is along the main trail as it begins the ascent up to the summit.

Thoughts?

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Red Rocks in Abundance – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

If you have been following my blog, you have seen two excerpts from a photo shoot I did in Jerome, Arizona (Classic Car & Vacant Building). On that same day, we continued our journey over to Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is famous for many things, (arts, energy vortexes and nature’s beauty). I love the area for all of the natural red rock outcroppings. They truly are a photographers opportunity for some incredible photographs. Today, I have attached 5 shots from that outing.

Red Rock 1

Red Rock 1

What I liked about this shot was the three distinct depths to the capture. The foreground and the background do a great job framing the focal point of the towers of rock outcropping. I love the lighting with the shadows accenting the shapes of the rock structures. The amount of detail in each of the depths pulls your eye into the frame to study it more closely.

Red Rock 2

Red Rock 2

This is a more difficult shot as the bulk of the rock face is in the shadows. If my goal was to get the best shot possible of this particular rock formation, I would want to wait until the sunlight hit it differently. Since that wasn’t my goal and I only had a limited time in the area, I still think this came out as an interesting shot.

Red Rock 3

Red Rock 3

I love the color and detail of this one. You can see the different shades of white and red in the many layers of strata and the sunlight was perfect to highlight the marks of erosion on this rock face.

Red Rock 4

Red Rock 4

The beauty of the area is incredible as this shot attests to. The lighting for this was perfect as the shadows highlight the variation in structure and shape of the rock formations.

Red Rock 5

Red Rock 5

This final shot reminds me of a dome shaped building. I love the detail of the features against that deep blue sky.

So that’s an excerpt from that particular photo shoot in the Sedona area. Thoughts?

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Red Rock

My wife and I just sold our home in San Diego and have been touring around different markets looking at homes and deciding where we will land. With our adult children up and down the US western seaboard, we are staying in the western part of the US. All of that said, I have been capitalizing on our trips for my photography…last week I got some great shots of the Riverwalk and Alamo in San Antonio and this week we stopped in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area immediately west of Las Vegas. I have to admit, I was blown away. In my prior life in corporate America, I managed a group of folks in Las Vegas and was there on a monthly basis. In all of those years I had only briefly seen some of the Red Rock Canyon. On this trip I said to my wife that I wanted her to see the area and thought it might be a good photo opportunity for me. She has been a great help on all of my photo shoots as she has a good eye and will catch things I miss. So we finish our house hunting business in Las Vegas and head out to Red Rock Canyon. We spent the next several hours driving through the canyon, stopping and hiking with the attached results a sample of the more than 100 shots I took that day. I would appreciate any feedback or thoughts…Thanks!

 

Red Rock 2

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