Clearly this is NOT a landscape shot, but I want to share with you my overly exuberant travel companion. Sophie was NOT happy to be perched on the edge of a small canyon just off of Schnebly Hill Road in Sedona. Check out that expression: “I want to be home on my couch!” I found out that my Sophie, whom I’ve had for about 3 months, gets car-sick.

Below is one of the first shots I took as we (Sophie, car-sick travel companion & I) drove into Sedona. I was excited to see the storm clouds, which provide a dramatic backdrop as the afternoon sun highlights this famous rock formation. I made two mistakes: 1) hand-held camera & 2) ISO 200. I should have used the tripod. It would have taken only a few minutes to dig it out of the back of the pretend SUV (Subaru Forester does not qualify as a full SUV) but I was in a hurry. Hurry for what? In addition, with an f/stop at 13 and shutter speed at 1/80 of a second, I could easily have dropped the ISO to 100 to get a sharper image.

Lesson #2: Take the time to get your gear together and pay attention to the settings. Go with the lowest ISO possible.

Bell Rock, ISO 200, f/13, 1/80 sec, 55 mm.

My Lesson in Shooting Landscape #2

9 thoughts on “My Lesson in Shooting Landscape #2

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience and lessons learned. Both good points to remember. I’m glad you took the shot, though. Light changes quickly, so even if you don’t think it’s perfect, you’ve let me see a beautiful Arizona moment.

    • Light changing? Oh my goodness, it was comical. I was chasing the light all over Sedona. I’d be driving and see this glorious light cascading over the rock face; I’d make a u-turn as soon as possible and pull off the road when I could … and then, poof! gone! Perhaps it takes scouting out the area ahead of time and waiting for the light? I don’t know.

      I do like this shot. I know it could be better, but I love the dramatic clouds behind the rock formation.

    • Don’t you just love the dramatic clouds behind the rock formation?

      The photographic eye? When mine was less discerning I though my stuff was pretty good. Now I look at it and wince. But I’m learning. I want so badly to be making money from my photographic addiction within a year. I want to retire and I’m close. I just need a bit more income to make it with the pension & social security. I want photography to do this for me.

    • Ain’t she a hoot? She’ll sit and pose forever, but I’ve not yet caught a happy expression during one of these “portrait” sessions. She truly was not happy at this moment, but she was tolerant.

      This little spot of Arizona is famous for the color contrasts (along with the vortexes).

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