Travel: Sedona, Arizona, in Color


Warm Rock & Blue Sky – Sedona, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm

A couple of weeks ago I passed through Sedona, which is an incredibly beautiful town in northern Arizona. Sedona is surrounded by amazing red rock formations. The place feels like it should be a national park, but it isn’t. It’s a tourist town, and people come to see the rocks. It’s the subject of many photographers’ attention. You’ve likely seen pictures of Sedona in magazines and calendars. I had the chance to stop in Sedona in the early afternoon for lunch while travelling between Phoenix and Flagstaff. I didn’t stay for nearly long enough, only to eat and capture a handful of pictures. Sedona is one of those places you want to see over and over, and I wish that I lived closer to it so that I could photograph it more often.

Some would say that the middle of the day, when the sun is high in the sky, is a terrible time for landscape photography. The golden hour is when you should be out with your camera. While it’s true that around sunrise and sunset is a great time for photography, anytime can be a good time. Just because the sun is high, drenching the scene in harsh light, doesn’t mean that one can’t capture a decent picture. Today’s cameras, such as the Fujifilm X-T30 that I used for these photographs, have a great dynamic range latitude, and can handle the bright highlights and deep shadows surprisingly well. While it’s best to attempt to capture a subject in the best light possible, if that’s not practical you do the best you can with the light you have.

Something that I did have going for me were clouds. I prefer a partly-cloudy sky over an endless blue sky for landscape photography. Even an overcast sky can sometimes be more interesting than a cloudless one. Clouds add interest to the scene and can sometimes have a positive effect on the light.

I hope that you enjoy these color photographs of Sedona, Arizona!


Dead Tree & Red Rock – Sedona, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm


Hint of Red on a Green Hill – Sedona, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm


Green Shadow & Highlights – Sedona, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm


Illuminated Rock – Sedona, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm


Red Rock Behind The Treetops – Sedona, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm


Red Rocks of Sedona – Sedona, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm


Red Rock Formations – Sedona, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm


Clouds Behind Red Rocks – Sedona, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm


Light Red & Dark Green – Sedona, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm


  1. Jeff Bell · May 25, 2019

    I like to shoot on days with dramatic clouds as well. It makes everything more interesting for sure. That dead, gnarly tree in the top photo is a great subject.

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