Shooting in Arizona a few weeks ago I passed through the Painted Desert which sits within the Petrified Forest National Park on the east side of the state. Highway 40 cuts a trail through the park and offers easy access to the north entrance.
The two sites make for a spectacular location with photographic opportunity around every corner. Layers of iron and manganese distributed through the siltstone, mudstone and shale bring changing colours to the formations. On this day I was very fortunate to have some wonderful cumulus clouds overhead, not only did they provide additional interest to the image but they served as a perfect diffuser for the harsh light.
Arizona is a photographers dream with sunrise and sunsets being the obvious choice, but it also has a huge number of scenic locations where you need not wait for that perfect 'golden hour' light, and indeed, may not want to. From the town of Page on the northern border with Utah, south to the Mexican border, the state has an abundance of spectacular locations, I would advise anyone thinking of visiting to bear in mind the heat of summer in the state, it can be oppressive in July/Aug/Sept so plan accordingly.
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