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WPC: Dance

For this week’s challenge of Dance, I almost took the easy route with photos of people dancing, but then remembered the operative word is challenge.  You’ll probably enjoy these a bit more, anyway.  I know I do.

For anyone who has ever witnessed a slow lava flow, you know there is a pulse that surges, as the cool air solidifies the flow, while the warm undercurrent wants to keep moving.  The final cooled result (above) reflects that pulse, and was taken in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Flowing, tumbling water can also have a rhythmic feel to it.  The sunlight was being filtered through the forest, and accentuated most of the current in this shot of Oak Creek, near Sedona, Arizona.

Flowing Water, Oak Creek, Sedona, Arizona, Steve Bruno

Clouds can portray a feeling of choreography, even in a still capture.  My favorite example is this thunderstorm at sunset near Cloudcroft, New Mexico.

Thunderstorm Clouds, Sunset, New Mexico, Steve Bruno

Finally, rock art symbols almost always have a sense of dance and celebration, indicating how important this was in ancient culture.  This panel of rock art is in the Grand Canyon.

Rock Art, Grand Canyon, Arizona, Steve Bruno

WPC: Early Bird (2) – Sedona

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.”

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