Cathedral Rock is located in stunning and mysterious Sedona Arizona. This area is famed for its red rock spires which abound and regardless of ho far you drive, each passing curve opens up a new world of photographic sights. On this particular trip, myself and a few friends from photography school were on a Spring Break roadtrip to the Grand Canyon and decided to stop in and see an old friend living in Flagstaff (another amazing town). Being familiar with the area, he suggested we visit Sedona which was only a short 45 mins away. This wasn't in our plan but then again, there really was no plan so why not? As it turned out, it would be one of our best decisions. Cathedral Rock is located in Coconino National Forest and stands 4,967 feet tall. The hike up is short-ish but very steep and having messed around at another spot during the day, we were forced into rushing up the steep trailhead to the top with only 30 mins or so til sunset. The orientation of Cathedral means the sun will set in between its two massive rock spires allowing a perfect framing element coupled with insanely vibrant colors. WE stayed for well over an hour and this was by far my favorite image of the day/week. The walk down, not so much my favorite in pitch black darkness. Luckily I had some of my best friends around to share the joy with.
On a side note, this image is composed of 3 separate photographs in order to capture the wide tonal range that exists during sunset especially while shooting into the sun. The images are combined manually in Photoshop using advanced blending techniques.