Indian Summer was the term for the season we used in Michigan when I was a child. Actually it occurred after the first frost of the season when the weather warmed up and tried to still be summer. I don’t know if that is appropriate here in Sedona Arizona too. I don’t think it had gotten down to 32 degrees yet when I took this scene of the famous Cathedral Rock. So many pictures have been taken of this wonderful location in the red rocks. I’d been here and photographed these wonderful stones but I just never had been here when it was stormy, till now.
So to help grind in the beauty of this area I took even more shots. Here’s a couple more.
This is taken from Red Rock Crossing out past West Sedona off of 89A, a very popular park. In fact as I was setting up to shoot this picture another photographer stuck his tripod in the grass and mounted his Hasselblad (film camera) with the appropriate lens and Cokin filter system to record his version of this scene. I sorta lusted after his setup, mostly because it brought back good times with the man who got me interested in photography when I was 9 years old. He’s gone now but his memory lingers on in my heart.
Here’s another shot from a different location.
I could go on and on with these Cathedral Rock images but you get the idea. It’s very picturesque especially with clouds. The clouds make the image jump. Before when I shot from here all I had was a severe blue sky. Nice but not as impressive as with clouds.
Okay moving right along… We also went to Slide Rock Park up north of Sedona toward Flagstaff along Oak Creek. It was a beautiful area overflowing with wildflowers, sunflowers, and even a pumpkin field. More on that later.
A couple of years ago I visited the north rim of the Grand Canyon around this time of year and it too was covered with wildflowers. Lovely, lovely, lovely!
And last but not least is the mighty Sunflower. This garden was planted with legacy plants of the early 1900’s. Sunflowers, Amaranth, Pumpkins, Carrots, Onions, and Corn to show what the early settlers grew and ate.
You might wonder why in the world I shot this picture at such a high ISO. I’ve never used ISO 6400 before and then even bumping the brightness with a 2.7 ev too. Well it was very windy and I was shooting into the sun and I wanted to be able to resolve the sunflower head that was in the shade and stop the swaying due to the wind. So I jacked up the ISO sensitivity, stopped the lens down to f/14 to be sure I got the background in sort of focus but not quite all the way. This allowed me to get enough exposure to show the sunflower seeds in sharp focus and stop the motion of all the leaves in the wind. Then with the help of shooting in RAW and editing in Aperture and passing the image on to NIK Color Efex Pro I was able to pull out the detail brightness of the Sunflower itself. It took a little time but I think I like the results. How about you?