Watson Lake Photographs – Don’t Give Up

Have you heard of Watson Lake in Arizona? Well, I hadn’t until one of my photographer friends from the Arcanum showed us one of his shots of Watson Lake. I was mesmerized by the beautiful rock formations and the trees growing from the rocks.

Kevin and I had to go and photograph the lake while we were vacationing in Sedona, Arizona.  It is not far and worth the drive.

I fell in love with this tree, but there were other photographers in the location that I wanted to be. It was a small area surrounded by water so not many could fit. They eventually left after sunset.  Wow, I was in luck!  I hurried to the location because I knew I wouldn’t have much time to set up and then the sun blew up and I shot away taking different exposures and merging them together later in post. Wow, what a feeling of pure excitement and content! I must tell you that the first time we visited Watson Lake the sunset was not as beautiful as this day. We did some research and found out there would be clouds in the forecast so we knew we had to go back.


Burning Bush

In the image below, we again stayed after sunset hoping to have an amazing sky. We scouted around before sunset and noticed the beautiful location in the image below. I knew that was one area for me to focus on.

Watson Lake's Beauty

HDR – Watson Lake Arizona


Tip for the day: Don’t give up!  If you can’t get the shots you want the first time, be persistent and you’ll eventually succeed…and don’t leave after the sun goes down 😉



Janice Sullivan

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Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Thanks so much Jama!! It was an amazing place to visit and was so much fun to photograph. 🙂

  • Jama says:

    Great advice and WOW, both images are stunning. I LOVE them. And now want to go back to Sedona and visit Watson Lake. Beautiful captures.

  • Hi Frank! Thanks for stopping in to see my work. I’ve been to your amazing Flickr page and love the new images. I couldn’t comment because I forgot my password…opps! 🙂 I’m not on Flickr much, sorry.

  • frankloose says:

    Love the lake shot, especially the warmth of the boulders and the coolness of the sky and water. I like that kind of color contrast. It’s very pleasing. Your persistence paid dividends.

  • Thanks so much Molly! I appreciate you taking time to comment. 🙂

  • Absolutely beautiful!!

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