I had just eased myself into the hot tub at the Venetian, after helping set up two conference rooms for the Adobe Max education events, EDUMAX and Educators' Day, when my cell phone buzzed.
It was my friend, Andrew McAllister, asking if anyone wanted to drive into the desert with him to take pictures. As enjoyable as the hot tub was, I knew I would not have a lot of opportunity to take my kind of photos while at Adobe MAX. Most of my photography at MAX would be focused on event coverage, more than anything else.
Besides, I'd never been to a desert, much less photographed one. And even though I had limited time available, both Andrew and I thought we had enough time to do something.
I texted back, "Give me 20 minutes to change and grab my gear."
Andrew was already parked in the parking garage, attached to the Venetian.
It took about 45 minutes to get to Red Rock Canyon. We calculated that we had maybe 90 minutes on site before we had to drive back so I could make it to another meeting.
It was a very productive 90 minutes. Red Rock Canyon gets its name honestly, and the views, even from the roadside, are stunning. We had gorgeous weather for shooting, from lighting conditions, to the wispy streams of clouds in a deep blue sky.