Sedona Sunrise

I was in Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon to shoot the autumn colors. The canyon runs mostly north-south and is so deep that there is no golden hour. On the flipside, I can photograph all day long that time of year in the canyon.

It was early morning, and it appeared as though it was going to be a bland day. Autumn can get hazy sometimes, and there wasn’t anything motivating me around Sedona, so I headed out towards Red Rock Crossing. This has always been a sunset shot as far as I was concerned. I had never seen a morning shot of it, or been nearby to see that there was potential for a morning shot here. I was really just biding time until I had enough light to get back into the canyon.

There is a fair amount of planning that goes into my photo trips, and then sometimes I just get lucky. As the sun came up, there was no scurrying around to get this shot. The day before or the day after might have worked, but I think I timed it precisely.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Early Bird.”