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Mark & Kendra’s engagement in Payson

From last fall…these two are amazing. Mark is an epic sports photographer and one of my favorite people out there. This shoot was smokin’…what a blast we had.

Erica & Corey’s engagement session at Mogollon Rim

Two people willing to just explore and see what happens. At the last minute we realized the road to Woods Canyon Lake was closed this time of year, so we decided to figure things out on the fly.

Always seems to work out better that way anyways!

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Sunset on the Mogollon Rim

I know what you might be thinking…where is the color? This is a sunset right? Yeah…it was, but honestly…if there are no clouds or other excitement, the tones of a normal sunset tend to bore me to tears. At least, when I look at them in photos. In person, it was a beautiful and serene moment from my camping trip late last week.

I’m shooting from atop the Mogollon Rim area, a ridge that stretches across the mid-to-northern areas of Arizona. It’s about a 90 minute or more drive from Phoenix, and what’s amazing about it is being able to go that short distance and see temperature go from 110 to 77. I love it up there!

What struck me more about this sunset scene in front of me was the “layers” of mountains stretching out in front of me…and the edge of the Mogollon Rim coming from the right horizon and dropping into the valley.

That and of course the moon and Venus up in the heavens. Subtle, but they are there, I promise *grin*

I still look at this photo and can’t decide if I love it or if it’s just okay. The camping trip itself was a blast, but the skies were so clear the entire time, I wasn’t excited about most of the shots I took. This sunset was beautiful in person, but it just didn’t translate well to a photo (in my opinion), so the black and white was a way to “fix it” for me.

Technically this is a six bracket, HDR processed with my usual suspects, taken with my Tamron 17-35mm 2.8.