Sedona

Doorways

by Kristi Hines

One thing I didn’t expect to find while out hiking in Sedona was a little bit of urbex heaven. Yet, here I was, standing inside this little rundown building, looking at two perfectly aligned doorways.

Sedona Urbex - Doorways

Camera: Nikon D90 with Nikon 18-105mm
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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I’ve decided that fall is my favorite season, and I would love to spend it in Sedona, Arizona. This is another shot from my first camping trip of the fall colors framed by a large, fallen tree.

Natural Framing of the Fall Colors

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Fall Reflections

by Kristi Hines

Water always seems to be the calmest in the morning, which led to this serene moment where I could see the fall colors reflecting in the nearby stream.

Fall Reflections

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Camping in the Fall

by Kristi Hines

This was the scene of my first camping experience in the beautiful campgrounds of Lo Lo Mai Springs outside of Sedona, Arizona. For anyone looking for a place to camp in that area, I would definitely recommend this place, especially during the fall. The colors around the campgrounds were absolutely gorgeous! More photos from this area to come next week!

Thanks Chris Frailey for sharing the photos of raccoons from here!

Lo Lo Mai Springs Campground Sedona Arizona Fall 2011

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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True Colors

by Kristi Hines

That’s right, I’m still stuck on the fall colors. I was hoping to get some shooting done in California this past weekend around my trip to Blog World, but the weather on the drive back was none to pleasing, so that idea was a bust. So much for the Salton Sea. 🙁

Fall Colors in Oak Creek Canyon Sedona, AZ

Camera: Nikon D90 with 50mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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The Shady Stump

by Kristi Hines

It’s not often you see something creepy during the day, but when the light in the woods falls just the right way, you’ll find it. In this case, it was a hollowed-out tree stump in the midst of the lovely fall colors. I had hoped to find an owl sleeping in it, but oh well.

Oak Creek Canyon

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

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Fallen Leaves

by Kristi Hines

One of the things I really enjoy about going handheld is seeing things I might normally notice, such as the beauty of the fallen leaves. Mixed with the rocks, it felt very zen-like.

Fall Colors in Sedona Oak Creek Canyon

Camera: Nikon D90 with 50mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Cathedral Rock in the Fall

by Kristi Hines

This is probably one of the most photographed natural wonders in Sedona… and it’s easy to see why. There are just so many sides to photograph it from!

Cathedral Rock Sedona

Camera: Nikon D90 with 50mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Going Back to the Basics

by Kristi Hines

As some of you might have noticed, I’ve been quiet on the photo-front. Over the past several weeks, I was in the final transition between 9 to 5 and becoming self-employed which involved a lot of 14+ hour workdays between my main job and securing freelance work on the side. Today is the first day that I am fully self-employed, which means after about eight hours (or less) in front of the computer, I’ll be done with work every day which is going to make a HUGE difference in my free time.

During this busy time, I didn’t do a lot of photography, and when I did, I didn’t have the same enthusiasm for it. So I decided to go back to the photo style I love – handheld and tripod-free. Something about it just makes me feel a bit more creative. I’ll still keep doing HDR from time to time, but I think for a bit I will bond with my camera + 50mm prime or my new little point & shoot (that still, thankfully, has some good manual settings) like I did in Sedona this past weekend. It was a beautiful little getaway, just me and my hubby enjoying the fall colors and crisp cool air before we both hit the road this week. I’ll be heading to Blog World in Los Angeles and he’ll be heading to southern Utah for a photo adventure!

Fall Colors in Oak Creek Canyon Near Sedona

Camera: Nikon D90 with 50mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Is it a Vortex?

by Kristi Hines

I must be feeling love for Sedona this week with all the recent posts of Cathedral Rock and now this little rock pile I found while hiking around that same area. I figured it was a vortex marker, that or some kids really like organizing rocks.

Sedona Vortex

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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A week or two ago, I posted a different view of Cathedral Rock with newlyweds between it and the water. Today, I thought I’d show it from a different perspective. Aside from the fact that there are people crawling all over the area, it would be lovely to live in that little house and have this nearby to view.

Cathedral Rock Sedona Arizona

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Can you spot them?

Newlyweds at Cathedral Rock Sedona

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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So how does a Catholic church get in the mix with New Age? The Chapel of the Holy Cross is known as one of the strongest vortexes – a place where you can feel a strong energy filled with love, happiness, and oneness with nature. I can’t say I felt anything out of the ordinary, but we didn’t go up to the church itself. Maybe on the next trip I’ll have to do a little less with my camera and more with my spiritual being. 🙂

Chapel of the Holy Cross Sedona Vortex

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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