As many of you know, I recently spent some time in the Northern Arizona mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona and fell in love. Looking for a great place to visit in the coming months, or as you plan a trip for 2022? May I recommend historic, nostalgic Flagstaff, which is dead center in the heart of old Route 66, and nearby the Grand Canyon and Sedona?
I recently brought the Photowalk cameras to Flagstaff to film an episode of my YouTube travel photography series. On the show, which you can view directly above, I explain my newfound love for Flag, and explore my favorite photo spots in town.
“Hey, I’m in Flagstaff!”
The Visitor’s Center is a great place to stop by for information, maps and inspiration. Directly across the street is the old depot, which gives you your best “I’m in Flagstaff” selfie. It’s also where you can get great shots of the trains whizzing by. For best results, try this shot of the depot just after the sun went down to get great colors in the sky.
Iconic San Francisco & Aspen
The cross streets of San Francisco and Aspen has the historic Babbitt Bros. building and Hotel Monte Vista, two of the oldest buildings in town. This is a classic night shot with streaking lights from the passing cars and it was made possible by using the “Night Mode,” feature on late model iPhones. Night Mode kicks in automatically when the skies go dark, and it enables longer exposures, which is how I was able to produce the streaks. But you’ll need a tripod for this shot. I was able to manually keep the camera shutter open for 30 seconds.
Flagstaff is a “dark city,” where the planet Pluto was discovered by scientists at Lowell Observatory. Because you have less light pollution than in other cities, the dark skies of Flagstaff are a fabulous place to pick up night sky photos. The easiest spot for this is giant Buffalo Park, which is two miles from downtown. Both the above shot, and the one of the skies below, were both taken on the iPhone in Night Mode.
Great old buildings
It’s hard to top the oldest working hotel in town, the Weatherford, which, if you get your shot at nighttime, will change colors several times, from green to red and blue. (This shot was done handheld just after the sun went down.) The Weatherford is where people congregate in Flagstaff on New Year’s Eve and watch the ball fall down. Another bonus: the hotel has a great deck upstairs with a terrific overhead view of downtown.
Great artwork is all over Flagstaff, starting with the “Mother Myth Mural,” showing the migration from east to west. This mural is right off San Francisco Street and directly across the street from the old Motel Du Beau.
Signage is all over Flagstaff. The biggest, most visible example is directly in the parking lot of the Flagstaff Visitor’s Center. If that doesn’t get you in the mood for some kicks, nothing will.
Meanwhile, I can’t wait to go back. In fact, I’ll be there in just a few days, as I return to Route 66 on a 240-mile + photography project for my friends at Kelbyone.com. (I’ll also be back in New Mexico with my pal Scott Bourne in a land of a thousand birds, otherwise known as Bosque del Apache. More on that soon.)
On Friday, 12/10, I’ll be at the Flagstaff Visitor Center, meeting folks at 4 p.m. as I lead a Photowalk Live event through my favorite downtown haunts. That night, at 7 p.m., I’ll also be meeting with local photographers to shoot the night skies at Buffalo Park. If you’re in town, please stop by.
Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/214865447337
Black Friday Print Sale
`Tis the season! If you’re in the market for some nice beach prints for the wall, I’m offering 20% off through Monday. Just type in the coupon code “photowalks” and watch the prices fall!
Sunset Meetup in Manhattan Beach on 12/19
Or make your own prints with me at our next Manhattan Beach meetup. Sunday, 12/19, 4 p.m. Hope to see you there! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/209514572727
Have a great weekend everyone!