Added a watermark in Lightroom 3 (Beta). Loaded on all the photos in my new gallery. I can’t decide if it’s too obtrusive. What to you think? Gallery & sample:
Yesterday we decided to do Oak Creek Canyon, with the major goal being West Fork. This is one of the most famous hikes in the USA (also known as Call of the Canyon from the Zane Grey novel.) I’ve done this hike twice before, once at Thanksgiving and once in the Winter. Both were great. I loved the Winter hike with snow coating the trail and the stream frozen almost solid.
On Friday when we got to the parking area, it was totally jammed. We decided to park along the highway (89A) and walk back to the trail head. On the way one of our party fell down and skinned up their hands pretty badly. OK, no hike.
On Saturday we had already decided to hike Doe Mountain. When we went to tourist info to get a map for this hike the associate said “The view from Doe Mountain is spectacular. Have you ever heard of West Fork?” We assured him that we had. “The colors up there are at their peak right now. The Arizona Republic today had a picture from there and it was amazing.”
Well plans were made to be changed, and we decided to go back to West Fork. Once again we needed to park out on 89A. No injuries this time. And the colors really were spectacular.
I did 2 panos yesterday. A traditional left to right pano & top to bottom pano. I did the top to bottom because I couldn’t get the entire scene into the picture. (Really need to get a new wide angle lens some day.) For now I’ll publish the left to right pano.
We arrived in Sedona around 3PM. Decided to rush off and check out Red Rock Crossing and the views to Cathedral Rock. I’d hoped for a dramatic sunset. The sunset was OK but it didn’t really stretch out to Cathedral Rock. Turned around and used the slickrock as a foreground element.
I’m going back to Sedona on Thursday. This will be my 3rd trip in 3 years. Sedona is an amazing place with great hikes and beautiful things to photograph. Rather than looking for more places to photograph for the first time, I want to take another look at places I’ve been before and try to get a different angle on them. Here is my re-do list:
– Better time of day? Get up early!
– Better weather?
– Try IR photo’s
– HDR for sure.
– Do pano’s, especially when doing big expansive views.
– Work different angles, more close ups
– Add people to a few shots to demonstrate scale
– There is a good chance that the Cottonwoods will be in bloom. Add more color…
Can you suggest others?
On Wednesday I leave for Sedona. And I know that there is no way I’m going to finish my Yellowstone & Grand Teton Galleries before I go. I know… there are worse problems in life than being on a short schedule for Sedona. One of my favorite places. But I thought that I need to get some thing moving, so I decided to publish a gallery of images from the Grand Prismatic Spring (in the Midway Basin in Yellowstone.) When I complete the Yellowstone gallery not all these images will be there. But I can honestly say that I’m happy with all of them. The Grand Prismatic is an amazing place.