The secret to a gorgeous photograph of Cathedral Rock is timing, patience, and reading ALL the words in the photography guide paragraph. We viewed Cathedral Rock the evening before from the slickrock location. The slickrock took some doing to find. Maybe that was because it was a secret. No, really. The path to get to this view place was called Secret Slickrock Trail*. By the time we found it, there was perhaps 20 minutes of daylight left. It always seems as though at this particular time of day, the Sun races towards the horizon to be done with his workday. This day was no exception. After finding the trail and following the trail, the large, flat (slip)rock area opened before us providing a spectacular view of Cathedral Rock. The sky by this time was still clouded over from rain and darkening up by the second. The Secret Slickrock Trail was not long but was more trail-ISH rather than a full-on trail. These two area newbs could be in for an unanticipated camping adventure if we stayed any longer.
The red rock formations around Sedona, Arizona are magnificent, especially in the light of the setting sun. This shot of Cathedral Rock was captured after a short hike on Secret Slickrock Trail. Recent rain left the slickrock potholes full of water to reflect the beauty of the Cathedral Rock formation.
Trip planner Bill had set aside only one day for Cathedral Rock and this was that day, so there would be no Cathedral Rock shot in his portfolio if we kept to the plan. The following day rain dominated most of the day but late in the afternoon, the clouds began to drift away. Do we now attempt the known or forge ahead with the plan to a new site? We decided--known. And at least this time we could cairn the trail a little and uncairn on our way out. (Apparently, the powers that be don't like random cairners. Not a problem, now that we know the rules.) We beat the racing Sun out to Secret Slickrock Trail and were rewarded as it lit the Rock fantastic with an explosion of Red. The previous rain puddled the flat rock plain affording Bill a coveted reflection shot. It would have been money if the pond was absolutely still, but we're not complaining. The difference between the "back of Bill's head" photos below is a four-minute time difference.
Bill at 5:31 pm
Bill at 5:35 pm
*From the very excellent Photographing the Southwest - Volume 2 by Laurent Martrès:
Near Crescent Moon, there is an interesting spot from late afternoon till sunset, where crowds won't be in your way. Coming from Upper Red Rock Loop, continue straight on Chavez Ranch Road for another 0.6 miles instead of turning right toward the park. Park at the junction on top of the hill and take the signed** Secret Slickrock Trail, which brings you in 0.3 miles to a flat area of slickrock about 200 feet above Red Rock Crossing. The well-lit monoliths of Cathedral Rock are in full view and are especially photogenic when recent rains have filled the potholes, providing nice reflection shots with a wide angle lens.
**We somehow missed this word in the paragraph when trying to find the Secret Slickrock Trail this first time.
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Yes, photography is about cameras, lenses, the shot, the location, the moment, and the inspiration, but it is also about protecting your art. As Bill is moving from in person sales to on-line sales, I felt it was necessary for him to take the time to insert metadata into each photo. Adding metadata to photos has benefits beyond copyrighting, it allows the photographer to effectively catalog their work, making each desired photo easier to find without relying on memory. If the photographer can't find the photo, the viewer may not be able to find it, either.
In the video above, Aaron Nace gives clear instruction on the steps to take to add metadata to photos in Lightroom. The 14 minutes and 21 seconds will be time well-spent. Information and instructions are included in the description of the video, but I'm including some things here for easy reference.
In Edit Metadata Presets in Lightroom, go to IPTC copyright. In the Copyright box, type Option-g for the copyright symbol (Mac) or Alt-0169 (PC), your name, All Rights Reserved. Change Copyright Status from Unknown to Copyrighted. In the Rights Usage Terms box, type All Rights reserved, no Reproduction Without Prior Permission. Type your URL into the Copyright info URL box.
Fill in IPTC Creator. Creator is you, the photographer. Other information is optional, but including your email address and website is recommended.
Fill in IPTC Status>Credit Line with name and website. Fill in Source with name.