Sedona, AZ


We did an overnight in Sedona and enjoyed this amazing overlook from our campsite.

We ooh’d and aah’d along oak creek (  and saw our first ring tail cat in the wild (see post ….




Words just don’t do it justice.  Hard to top this trip.  Where will we head next?



Oak Creek, Sedona AZ



It’s fall in Northern AZ.  With all the snow (all 10″ between 2 storms) and wind we have had, most of the leaves have fallen to the ground on the Rim… so time to explore fall colors in other parts.



Sedona along Oak Creek makes for a fine diversion.  The aspens were in full yellows and the ferns varying shades of reddish brown.  It was the kind of scenery that gives you pause as it takes your breath away.



The cascading waters just added to it’s peaceful serenity.  It’s hard to beat scenery like this.  Arizona is truly a magical place.



One that we are fortunate enough to call home.


Star Trails


Ok, now this is cool!  Scott stayed up with us all night to get this shot.  It’s a 1 hour and 15 minute exposure, 30 seconds at a time.  It literally tracts the movement of the stars across the sky.  The free software StarStaX stitches it together making it super easy to do… other than waiting around for the exposure.  But then, I’d argue, that was the best part.  Thanks, Scott.  You’re awesome!

Light Painting

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I have never done light painting before, so this was my first time.  I was surprised at what you could do with it… and how easy it was really.  Set your tripod up on your night time scene.  Dependent on your aperture and focal length, focus around 50′ (light up something approx that distance away and focus.. then turn all lights off).  At your lowest aperture f2.8 or f4.0, set camera on Manual and set to a 30 second exposure.  Fire a test shot to be sure your exposure and composition look about right.

Then run across the scene like a crazy person twirling colored lights (not too bright of lights).



I’m not sure how practical this technique is.. but it was fun and interesting none the less.  Thanks to Scott Stulberg for showing us.  Pretty cool.

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