In Retrospect: Sedona AZ

Cottonwood AZ
November 21, 2010
9:23 am

We had spent a couple of days at a bed and breakfast in Cottonwood AZ, about a half hour outside of Sedona. It had been lightly raining all night and as we started for home, we came upon this rainbow arch. Why did we stay in Cottonwood? Just check out the prices for a week’s stay anywhere in Sedona proper. I don’t even make that much money in a month!

We were on Route 89A, headed northeast towards Red Rock State Park. On the outskirts, the trees were singing in color.

Red Rock State Park AZ
November 11, 2010
10:10 am

A fine mist of rain started crawling over the cliffs.

Sedona AZ
November 21, 2010
10:24 am

And by the time we drove through Oak Creek Canyon, the snow started to fall.

Oak Creek AZ
November 21, 2010
12:17 pm

I used to tell everyone that Sedona is my most favorite place in the world. But it’s actually Red Rock State Park. Up until now, that is. I mean, maybe tomorrow (no, probably not tomorrow but one day, maybe soon) I’ll get to Machu Pichu and that will replace Red Rock State Park as my most favorite place in the entire world. Truth is, too many rich people have moved into the area of Red Rock for it to be my most favorite place much longer! Maybe rich people have moved into the area surrounding Machu Pichu, too. Maybe there are coffee shops and candy stores and souvenirs being hawked on street corners right now in Machu Pichu. Maybe there’s a huge cut-out of Harrison Ford in his Indiana Jones get-up that you can take selfies with for only 500 pesos.

But I like saying Machu Pichu. I always think I’m going to accidentally spit on someone when I say it. Not like Sedona. Sedona slides off the tongue like butter in your mouth. It’s a very polite sound. You can’t be polite saying Machu Pichu!

(This post was originally published in a slightly different form on October 25, 2014 under the tile Silent Saturday.)



ABFriday Week 35: February One Photo Focus

Prompts and Challenges

I wish this image was one of mine but, sadly, it is not. It is courtesy of Manal Ali at A Single Shutter. I only did the processing.


Stacy Fischer explains on her site Visual Venturing that “After-Before Friday (ABF) posts provide an opportunity for photographers (amateur and seasoned, alike) to share their photos, and if they wish, their post-processing decisions… The goal is to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at others’ work while picking up helpful ideas along the way that each of us can use as we work with our own photos.

[T]he first Friday of each month is designated ABFriday One Photo Focus (1PF), when all participants post-process the same image.”  

Please visit her blog for information on how to participate.

It will be interesting to see what Manal does with her own image. As for my interpretation…



I apologize that I did not have time this week to build a slide show of changes. There were a ton of them as I experimented. But basically I wanted to emphasize the wet look in my processing. So, to begin.

I straightened the converging lines of the image under Lens Profile in Lightroom. I then adjusted the whites, blacks, highlights, and shadows as I always do. I added a touch of clarity to break through the bit of haze or mist that permeated the image. I played with the white balance and chose “shade”- which added an overall yellow hue. Then I exported to Perfect Effects 9.

I added clouds because the sky was a very uninteresting dull gray. I also added some sharpening. I then exported back into Lightroom.

I added dark areas with the radial filter to sections of the windows on the tower to the right, then offset those areas with lighter, golden streaks again with the radial filter. I added highlights on all the buildings on the street, then went crazy adding yellow lights in the street lamp and golden highlights on the street and sidewalk. Finally, a slight vignette.

I know there can be any number of variations of this image but I am very happy with the way this processing turned out. Hope you like it. Please check out the rest of the submissions at Visual Venturing!

And please visit Monochromia for the some black and white fun.

And thanks again Manal. Hope you like what I’ve done!