I planned my visit to Red Rock Crossing in the late afternoon. Just enough time to get there, walk around to see everything, and enjoy a picnic dinner before picking my location for sunset.
I almost didn’t go when I saw the dark storm clouds coming before I left the RV park. But the location was about half an hour away and I thought I might get lucky with some dramatic skies. And lucky I was!
Arriving at Red Rock Crossing, it started raining. Pouring really. All kinds of people started running out of the park into their cars and quickly left. How great is that? No people!! Ray and I stayed in the truck to have our picnic and wait out the storm. When the last few raindrops fell, I jumped out and got all my camera gear together and quickly headed towards Oak Creek where I knew there would be water in the foreground.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Cathedral Rock for the first time. With a beautiful rainbow heading right into the rock!!
I made a number of images before a mountain biker came along and wanted to cross the creek in front of me. The rocks going across the creek provide the only crossing point. There were some other photographers there too and when the biker went to cross I glanced back at them to see if they were also finished shooting so he could cross. One of them said to me “Aren’t you going to shoot him?” That’s when I realized I made my classic mistake of always avoiding people in my photography. I didn’t even consider it until the other photographer said it.
I wasn’t set up right for that kind of shot. I was all ready for a long exposure landscape with my mirror lockup on and my two second timer. All I had time to do was press the shutter and hope for the best. With my two second timer on I had absolutely no control over whether the bike rider would even be in the frame when the shutter released. Here is what I got:
Two lucky shots in one night! Maybe there really is some spiritual vortex thing here?