I retired a couple years ago, and in 2019 my wife and I decided to take our first ever extended, cross country driving trip. We had been to Sedona, Arizona before, but only for one day, and she wanted to go stay for a while. For the first part of our trip, we went there for eight days.
As usual, I researched in advance for things to do and specific places to go for photography, which Sedona has in abundance. One of those places was Red Rock State Park, which was very near the house that we rented. There is a creek that runs through the park, and it offers views of a popular local landmark, Cathedral Rock.
One afternoon, we went over to the park to check it out. I took some shots from the creek area toward the Rock, but they were not really working out the way I had hoped. It was difficult to get to a location that gave me a composition that I liked, and there were a lot of people along the creek in the scene. After a while we went back to the house to have dinner. Later, we thought that we would go back for sunset. At that time, I found the best composition was to zoom in on a close-up of Cathedral Rock at 70mm, bathed in the warm light of the setting sun.
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