In November 2002 I attended a photo workshop led by Steve Kossack. I had seen Steve and his work on the Luminous Landscape web site and felt very comfortable signing up for this trip. Steve lives near Sedona so this is his backyard. Steve is great guy. He knows the areas he takes workshops to well. He is a very good photographer and teacher. He will give you whatever level of help you need. I would highly recommend him. You can see some of his work on his web site. We were accompanied by Hoon Im and Tony Shum. It was a very compatible group. We had a great time and saw a lot of very nice country. Once again, I had a hard time choosing which images to include. This was also the first time I used my new Canon D60 digital camera.
Red Rock Crossing is the Classic Sedona landscape spot. Oak Creek spills over a natural rock wall creating opportunities for reflections and interesting compositions. Like many places on this trip, I want to go back and try some different things there.
The West Fork of Oak Creek is a popular hiking destination. It is a fairly flat hike about 2.5 miles in each direction if you go to the end. We had intended to do so, but saw so many places to stop and photograph that we only made it up part of the way. We missed most of the fall colors in the canyon by about a week. In spite of that we found a few spots of color. That combined with the stream and the lighting made for a few good shots.
Doe Mountain is a mesa to the west of town. It is accessed by the usual network of dirt roads and then a fairly steep, but short climb up to the flat top. It's covered with high brush with a few open spots. It is only a mile and a half or so around the rim, but the lack of clear spaces makes it hard to get back to the spot the trail descends from; especially after dark. If you go to shoot sunset like we did, it's always dark when you leave.
Schnebly Hill Road is a steep dirt road that used to be the access to Sedona in times long past. Now it mainly provides a great overlook of the valley below.
Cathedral Rock is one of the "vortexes" of Sedona. These are believed to be centers of some kind of force or power. I certainly felt moved by the beauty here so I can understand the thinking.
Sedona Night Life