I was really excited! I had left early from work and drove up to Sedona as fast as I could.
Living in Phoenix, it is not every day you get the chance to see snow. And in Sedona, there was a lot of snow. And I knew I wanted to photograph the area in a beautiful blanket of the white fluffy stuff.
So I drove as fast as I could, and got there late into the evening. It was still cold - below freezing - just what I wanted to keep the snow from melting away.
Early the next morning, I got up and in the darkness drove the few miles to get to Oak Creek Village, just outside of Sedona. My first visit was to see if I could get some shots of Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock with snow cover.
Once I got those shots in the bag, my sights turned to getting something warm in me. It was cold and crisp, just like I remembered from back home (Maine) where winter seemingly lasts forever!
Then it was on my way up along Oak Creek as far as I could go.
Along the way I decided to stop off at the Oak Creek State Park. It was obviously closed, as the roads really were not that clear from the snowfall from the previous evening. But there is a bridge that crosses over Oak Creek and I decided walk up to the bridge to see what I could see.
I was not disappointed. After traversing across a deep snowbank that was waist high, I finally got to the guard rail, and I found this scene below me. Oak Creek flowing across the red rock of Sedona now covered in a pristine blanket of white. I loved the red rock contrasting against the white of the snow. And so I went back to my car and got my filters as I just knew I wanted to do a long exposure to get the water nice and silky smooth.
And what you see above is the result. And I just love it. It seems so surreal as the area in just a few short months will break temperatures near 100 degrees. But for this day, it was a winter wonderland, and even in the frigid cold, I was really in my element, shooting everything I could.
This was one of those trips where you get a lot of nice photographs, and the hardest part is figuring out what to share with others. And I decided to share this one with you! I hope you enjoy!
I stood in a snowbank on the side of the bridge crossing Oak Creek. My tripod legs were together and I forced the tripod legs down into the snowbank to provide support for the camera. I put on a 6 stop ND filter to get the water smooth and silky like I like it. This photograph was shot using my Canon 5D Mark II using my new Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens at f/16, with my shutter at 1/5 second and my ISO of course at 100.
I really liked the contrast between the red rock and the blanket of snow. The snow was still on the branches, which just lends to this beautiful scene.