Friday, July 27, 2012

NYC Elopement

I had such a great time photographing Mark and Olga's NYC Elopement!  We walked all over the city sightseeing and taking photographs.  They are the sweetest couple and despite the scorching NYC summer heat we had a blast exploring the city and I love the way the photographs turned out!  Thanks for including me in your special day!
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sedona, AZ: Stargazing

Sedona is a stunning place to do some stargazing so one night we drove out with a local guide to a trail head and sat back to watch the stars.  When doing research for the trip I saw that Trip Advisor had a star tour as the #1 thing to do in Sedona so I figured it was a must do for us!  When I researched that company I learned it was a big group and met on the football field of the local high school.  So not my family's style and not great for the star trail images I wanted to do.  Instead I called our hotel and asked for a recommendation for a local guide and they pointed me to Phil Ponvert, who I like to call the renaissance man of Sedona because he is a woodworker, a fly fishing guide and an amateur astronomer who leads stargazing tours.  I told him what we wanted to do and he was very flexible meeting up with us after our dinner and driving to a beautiful and secluded trail head 5 minutes from our hotel where I could set up and take some beautiful star trails with the canyons in the foreground.  I've played with star trails before in Africa and South America, but these were definitely my best yet and I can't wait to do more the next place I visit! They're super easy to do and it was nice that I could just set up my camera and leave the shutter open for the longer trail shots and enjoy the stargazing through the big telescope that our guide brought along with everyone else.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sedona, AZ: Bird Watching

I decided it would be nice to go birding one morning in Sedona with my sister's boyfriend so we got up super early and went on a little adventure throughout some popular birding spots.  I am definitely a photographer more than a birder, and honestly was a little disappointed in what we saw compared to the birding I've done in other spots around the world.  If you are a hard core birder though, it is definitely worth spending a morning checking them out.  My favorite spot of the day was watching a mother duckling escort her chicks around just as the sun broke through the horizon and flooded them with a beautiful golden light.  If you only have a couple days in Sedona I would skip the birding and get your bird fix somewhere else like the Grand Canyon or Zion National Park.

I love these three images because they really show you the power of the right lighting.
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Here are some other of my favs from the morning

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sedona, AZ: Sunsets

The sunsets in Sedona were absolutely gorgeous! Most places when you watch the sunset you look west and watch the sky turn pretty colors. However in Sedona you actually want to turn East and watch the rocks light up like fire as the sun glows on them in the last hour before sunset. We spent one night watching Sunset at the airport, which is where all the locals recommend. It is beautiful, but you are looking West. For any photographers or just nature lovers out there I suggest heading over to Red Rock Crossing or taking a hike somewhere you can point East and watch the show as the rocks turn ablaze!

View from the Airport
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View from Red Rock Crossing before sunset
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View from Red Rock Crossing during the peak of sunset
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sedona, AZ: Cliff Dwellings

We had originally scheduled to go hot air ballooning, but the winds were too strong and we couldn't go so we signed up for a second Pink Jeep Tour since the first was so much fun.  On this tour we went to visit a 700 year old Sinaguan cliff dwelling that was about a half a mile pleasant walk from the entrance of the National Park.  We got to see many beautiful petroglyphs and pictographs that were hundreds of years old etched and painted on the cliff's walls.  There was also some modern graffiti, which was kind of sad to see, but also a little interesting because the ancient drawings are really just ancient graffiti.   The park officials don't see it that way though and may be closing off the ruins to preserve them so go see them before they close them off!

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