Why Sedona Attracts Tourists

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Why Sedona Attracts Tourists

Photographer 11/2/2001 8:42:28 AM

Fantastic. Have to get there one day... #1526

Light _ 11/2/2001 9:30:49 AM

Thanks... yes, you need to see Sedona before it turns into a big tourist shopping mecca. Truly a beautiful land... but giving away to commercialism. #2299

Jim Miotke 11/2/2001 11:45:57 AM

Hi Light - great comparison pics.

I got to get down there to do some shooting. Do you know the best time of the year to photograph the region?

Thanks! #2300

Light _ 11/2/2001 2:31:43 PM

Hi Jim... the best time to shoot Sedona is Spring and Fall. The growth of the leaves on the trees, the buds... spectacular; the changing/dropping of the leaves during fall... awesome. The best conditions are clouds (not socked in) which throw shadows on the red rock formations. And a light snow fall on the red rock is too beautiful to miss. #2305

Jeff Reilly 11/10/2001 5:33:48 AM

You have clearly demonstrated why a panoramic photograph will often excel over a single 35mm framed shot. Could you please advise me of what version of "The Panorama Factory" you used. I have recently been using "TPF" and also "Arcsoft Panorama Maker 2000" to stitch 35mm images that I've scanned. Also have you had any trouble or difficulty in reproducing or printing your panoramas to a suitable viewing size? Thanks, #2520

Light _ 11/10/2001 8:08:39 AM

Thank you Jeff. I use Panoramic Factory version 2, put out by Smoky City Design, and you should be able to download it from the most popular software sites: download.com, tucows.com or zdnet.com. While I have had no difficulty stitching multiple photos, I do have to remember to move the camera only about 1/3 of the distance that I see through my viewfinder/LCD window and reshoot. I use Photoshop 6.0 for editing my photos, including the panorama shots once they are stitched. I resize my photos according to the 'inch' dimensions that I want presented on the internet, so I try to keep my pans below 20 inches in the longest measurement (either width or length). Hope this helps. Again, thanks for your comments. I am enclosing a vertical pan for your viewing. #2522

Alan 11/10/2001 1:20:44 PM

I was recently in Arizona for the first time and visited the same area (among others) as the photo shown above. I can't begin to describe the beauty of the landscapes around the Sedona area, including the Oak Creek Canyon.

I strongly suggest that you visit the OCC and take the West Fork Trail - make a day hike out of it and you'll be rewarded with the vistas and the changing textures throughout the day - the change in lighting is something else as you return on the trail. You won't believe the fluorescent nature of the trees along the trail.

As far as Sedona itself, make sure you dedicate a couple of hiking days there - get a trail map from the ranger station, as we thoroughly enjoyed the trek around the Doe Mountain region. You'll pay a regional 'park fee' but it's well worth it. Just be prepared for a rocky ride getting to the trails. The vistas are something you have to stop and absorb - photos cannot describe the feeling you get looking at the surrounding landscape (including the incredible blue sky).

Don't overlook the northbound drive to the town of Jerome - there's a great vista shot as you wind down the mountainside. Finally, I suggest you pack the photo equipment (ensure you carry a 28mm or 24mm in the bag) and aim the car for Canyon de Chelly - a spectacular visit with a bonus hike down the White House trail on the south rim.

I found the best results from using Velvia and some E100VS - you don't have to underexpose these films to capture the incredible contrast of Arizona's landscapes.

I'll be back Arizona - more time around Sedona, the Grand Canyon and de Chelley.

You need only see these areas in Arizona to understand Why Sedona Attracts Tourists.

Here's a question for those of you in the Toronto region - where do you get the best Cibachrome (Classic) printing?
Thank you. #2532

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This is a view of Wilson Mountain, at mouth of Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, AZ; shot w/ Olympus C2020Z digital camera; stitched with Panorama Factory.

Uploaded on 11/2/2001 8:23:23 AM

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