Sedona at sunset

Sedona at sunset


This summer our family went to Arizona to discover the states amazing natural beauty. We started in Phoenix which was hot and dry. The photo opportunities were  not so numerous in Phoenix, however, they did an wonderful job with Diamondback Stadium. When we drove north to Page, we drove through Sedona. Sedona was the most pleasant and beautiful surprise of the whole trip. We had looked at magazines and articles online about where to stay and what to do in Arizona, and Sedona was on our radar, but we decided to just drive through.





What is fantastic about Sedona is the beautiful mountains are all around you. Fantastic photo opportunities present themselves at all times of the day. There is hiking and biking, buy you don’t have to do any of that to enjoy Sedona. All you have to do is walk around with a camera and the shots present themselves to you.


Secrete Canyon






Secrete Canyon

Next we took a tour to Secrete Canyon in Page. Secrete Canyon was only discovered 15 years ago. We had a private tour where we were able to get amazing photos of the sandstone that was formed by wind and water over thousands of year. The lighting from above with the high walls really makes for some unique images.


Glen Canyon


Horseshoe Bend Glen Canyon

Next was Glen Canyon in Page. To the left is a view while on the Colorado River, while to the right is Horseshoe Bend looking down on the Colorado River. Glen Canyon is right before the Grand Canyon. Taking a picture of Horseshoe Bend is nerve wracking to say the least. There is no railing there  what so ever. You slip, and it is about 1200 feet down with rocks to catch you at the bottom.


Grand Canyon cloudy afternoon


Grand Canyon Sunset

Here is the Grand Canyon. We did not get the best weather as it was a little foggy and cold, but we did manage to get a few  shots. When we went, I thought we were going to get the best shots at the Grand Canyon, but that turned out not to be the case. Page and Sedona ended up offering better photos at the time that we went.  That is part of the fun of shooting which is often luck of the light.










Lighting with a Dolly


I had a job in which my crew had to shoot and light a doctor for a pharmaceutical company internal video in which there was a significant dolly move. We had a small crew consisting of PA, dolly grip, sound man and myself (DP). Also, we had a limited amount of power and lights, yet the doctor did a 35 foot walk. How did we keep him evenly lit?

Lighting with Dolly

If you see the above picture,

Hello Dolly

we put the key light right on the Dolly. Using a 1K with a Chimera and grid kept a nice even light and controlled the spill at the same time. I give the doctor credit. He did it without a prompter and we got out on time.

My sound man of many years and shoots, Steven Rogers, teaches at The School of Visual Arts. He saw a lesson while he was there and took advantage of the situation. The hallway where we were shooting had a lot of bounce

Audio padding

so Steve found these soft foot stools around the lobby. He positioned them between the camera and the talent so that the bounce of the sound would not be so prevalent. It was a perfect application of taking what was available and convenient to use on site to make the shoot better without adding cost or time to the shoot.

I just recently spoke with the producer on this job and the client was extremely pleased. It helps to have a good crew if you only have a few members in that crew.

Keith Behrle