A Street Artist in Sedona

This week , I am posting images from several low level hikes in the Northern Arizona area. The occasion was my mother-in-law's visit. One of the places on the list to visit was Sedona. The weather was perfect and the kids were excited to get out of the house for a while. I will get to the specifics of our trip and post the scenic images a bit later. For now, I thought I'd highlight a particular shot made while walking the downtown shops along Sedona's main drag.

It's one thing to compete on the business front with the multitude of shop owners along Sedona's tourist row, but it's a whole different game to take up your lot among the hundreds of artists in a sidewalk solo effort! Yet, this man did so with silent grace and style.

Street Artist in Sedona

His music was a smooth throw back to the 1970's. No vocals, just instrumental notes played with deep emotion and a practiced hand. The artist was professionally dressed and quiet spoken when I asked him for a portrait. I couldn't help but sense a depth of wisdom and experience that must lay hidden behind those soulful eyes of many years. This was a musician I could have photographed for hours. Unfortunately, in my hurry to catch up with my family, I did not get this gentleman's name. He was set up alongside the Sedona Western Trading Post on Highway 89A. If anyone happens to know this local musician, maybe you could leave me a note via my Contact page or drop me a post on Facebook. I would like to get in touch with him and offer a finished print for my thanks!

Featured Image with Fujifilm X Passion Magazine

Today, I was thrilled to see one of the images I captured of Mt. Agassiz featured in Fuji X Passion Magazine (#2 Issue: August 2016; Reader's Gallery, pg. 99). This is my first credit received from a worldwide publication since moving to Fujifilm's X-platform. I am honored to be selected. Thank you Fuji X Passion Magazine!

One of the great things about living in Flagstaff is the incredible views and dramatic skies. It was late afternoon and I had little time to setup, compose, and shoot. I remember the winds being heavy, so I propped my Fujifilm X100s on a tripod and used both front and rear doors of my car to block the wind. After a few frames, and almost on cue, the skies opened directly over Mt. Agassiz. I couldn't have asked for a better scenerio. The weather provided beautiful highlights from above. I calculated the hyperfocal settings and a long exposure hoping the wind wouldn't give me much movement. Minor tweaking in Photoshop due to Fujifilm's capture capabilities; color capture and details with the Fujifilm X100s are exceptional for out-of-camera use. The final result is what you see here. A larger version can be viewed within the Arizona Collection.

Thank you, Fuji X Passion Magazine, for featuring my image in the #2 Issue. I am grateful for the feature!

America's Highway

It's not uncommon to find me walking through the streets of Flagstaff looking for opportunities to snap a few frames of people, buildings, artwork, or whatever comes within view. Sometimes, I just want to get out and about. Other times, I have a particular goal in mind. Whatever the occasion, Flagstaff is simply a great city to walk. It's not so small that you get bored, and not too large that you get tired or lost in the shuffle. One of the first things I noticed were the unique varieties of wall art throughout the downtown area. Each represents an artist's vision of Northern Arizona's lifestyle, community, and cultural expression.

Recently, I came across a particular section of wall art I've always enjoyed, and this time free from any large SUV or van obstructing the view. (You can find it walking south on San Francisco Street, then turn west on E. Phoenix Avenue.) The familiar mural extends the length of the south facing wall of the Lumberyard Brewing building. It depicts Flagstaff as one of the great feature stops along Historic Route 66 and appears to be titled, "America's Highway." To give proper credit to the artist, I need to go back and look for an installation marker and date it was presented. (I'll update with the info, later.)

I think this is the start of a new project: To feature and catalog most, if not all, the wall art in our beautiful city.