Red Dawn

The Guardian - Sedona Arizona Sunset

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A break from all the lightning and storms…time for Movie Title Wednesday!

One of those movies that I just have to watch if I see it on the TV on a Saturday afternoon is Red Dawn. Granted, I haven’t seen it on the TV much recently and probably have watched it through only a handful of times (the last time being a very long time ago), but it’s still such a fun movie. World War II, Russians attack, Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson…hiding out in the woods, a resistance, fighting back…awesome stuff.

It should be pretty obvious how this film’s title relates to today’s image…but I have to say, it’s really a total lie.

I shot this at sunset. But come on, that movie is perfect for this picture! I’m not going to apologize for it!

Back in early July, our little family spent some time in Sedona, enjoying time away from the heat. Great stormy weather, beautiful skies and of course, the gorgeous mountains surrounding Sedona. If you’ve never been here, you gotta go.

This was down an old dirt road right as the sun was about to drop away. I was struck by the colors and the shadows on the cliff faces, but also with this towering pine tree, seemingly rising above the rest of the forest.

While my HDR processing with landscapes is becoming rarer and rarer, this is indeed a six-bracket tonemapped image. The beauty of this night was the absolute calm weather, which left this tree unmoving for me while I fired off the brackets.

(canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/16, iso 100)

  • Chris Frailey

    Wolverines! Sorry I just had to say that. Loved that movie when it came out and like you I will always stop and watch it. Beautiful sky and depth in the shot Mike. Sedona is a gorgeous place to shoot.

  • Scott Ackerman

    Got to be honest, haven’t seen that one. I may have to check it out. Great scene btw. Love the reds against the blues!

  • Jesse

    This is an incredible photograph.

  • Brian Furbush

    This. Is. EPIC. Seriously. I love everything about it.

  • A.Barlow

    When I saw the title my first thought was, “Hey! I liked that movie…” Nice shot BTW.

  • Scott Wood

    Dude, that light is just magical

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Beautiful shot Mike! Love the colors here!

  • Scott Wyden Kivowitz

    Awesome color!

  • http://none aalevy

    Absolutely beautiful. We were there (Sedona) years ago. Magnificent place. Your photo wets my mind to return there and take photos \

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    Good Lord, Mike, how breathtakingly beautiful is this, my friend?

  • Jacob Lucas

    Love that end-of-day-colour!

  • Coral

    What a stunning shot. Great post.

  • Eden

    Nice 🙂

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