I got up early this morning and drove down to Sedona in the hopes of catching some nice light. There were wisps of cloud so the conditions were promising. I made newbie mistake though and didn't properly scout my shot for the morning the previous day, though in my defense being on a family vacation, its hard to squeeze in time for location scouting. Even though Cathedral Rock is probably the most photographed landmark in Arizona I though I may as well go for it. Going back to the lack of scouting, trying to find a place to photograph it for sunrise without any familiarity of the location was a mistake. I had opportunity to make a backlit silhouette, but passed. Soon I had no chance but to take what I could get by the roadside as the light was getting close to peak. As soon as my tripod was set up the color started to spread, and spread at a very quick pace. Soon the entire sky was filled with ribbons of intense pinks and purples. I wanted to capture a panorama of as much of the scene as possible to show the "big sky" nature of this part of the country.