Last Gleaming

The Rainy Rock - Sunset Sedona Arizona

The last time I was in Sedona, Arizona, was a drive-by I did on my way back from Williams on a work trip. It was the middle of the day, harsh light and not a cloud in the sky.


Since Saturday afternoon we’ve been enjoying the beautiful red rock country and it’s been refreshing. The temperatures have been downright chilly at times, especially after a good rain. And there has been lots of storms up here.

But this place is just beautiful. My struggle is to capture something that no one else does. I make that my main goal anytime I go anywhere. I didn’t have a ton of time on this trip to take long hikes and explore places that not many people see, so I just tried to look at all the usual stuff in a different light.

I love silhouettes in general and the setting sun provided some gorgeous light against rainy clouds and these peaks surrounding the town. Plus I’m really digging my 85mm 1.8 for these kinds of shots. It makes me really want a 70-200mm where I can really zoom into something and get unique compositions. The cliffs and peaks around Sedona provide some amazingly cool shapes.

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, canon 85mm 1.8, f/16, iso 100, 1/25)

  • Dave DiCello

    I just love the silhouettes here Mike, that light is really heavenly, has a great glow about it. Just amazing dude!

  • Scott Wyden Kivowitz

    I want to go back to Sedona again. When I was there it rained… A LOT

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Awesome silhouette Mike! Love the pastels in the sky.

  • Jason Hines

    Love the light man.

  • Mark Garbowski

    Great subtlety in the sky colors. Love it.

  • A.Barlow

    I like this frame allot mainly because the colors are nice and soft and the frame is minimal. It works.

  • Mike

    Thanks guys! I loved the light too…soft, rich…rain falling in there…just a beautiful scene.

  • Pia

    I love the orange tint of the sky, Mike. Beautiful photo.