Lightscape. New release Hardcover book by Ian Rolfe

I am very excited to announce the release of my book….Lightscape.

It has over ninety photographs superbly reproduced and coated with a special laquer.
Complete with chapters on my favourite lighting conditions and descriptions of all the images.
Comes with a Dust cover for added protection.
email me through my website to obtain your copy. cheques and credit cards accepted.
Only $49.99
I would be happy to sign your copy and mail it out to you.

Monument Valley

An amazing place with great spiritual significance to the Indian tribes who make there home here. It was wonderful to carefully drive through the canyon floor and be able to stop and take in the magnificent vistas.

Oak Creek Canyon

Not far from the Centre of Sedona is a magnificent park called Oak Creek Canyon. I had always wanted to photograph here since seeing an image Captured by Galen Rowell when he happened to capture the Creek in flood after a Storm. this place is a photographer’s dream and it often photographed in the Autumn when all the Aspens are in Fall Colour. I had the place to myself, as it was the middle of winter. Late afternoon light swept across Court house Rock and made the perfect back-drop. There was enough water in Oak creek to get the desired reflections and the light just got better and better as I worked my way up the Canyon.


Situated just south of Flagstaff in Arizona, Sedona in one of the United State’s top locations. Red Rock country, breathtaking in its beauty with sheer Canyon walls completely surrounding the Town.

Canyon De Chelly

One of the places I had long wanted to see in this area of the USA was Canyon De Chelly. Located in the Arizona Desert not far from the New Mexico Border, it is still home to the Navajo people. they farm this Canyon today just as their ancestors did 1200 years ago. Horse Ranching, some crops and cherry orchards make up the farming community. I was stunned to see three Indian guys go down a rope ladder into the canyon to work. They said it was quicker this way than going around and into the front part of the Canyon. A massacre happened here in the 19th century…US cavalry shot and killed all the women and Children after they had cornered them in the back of the Canyon. At 1200 feet deep the Canyon is a wonder to see and is on the US National monument list.

Canyon De Chelly

Minus eight C the morning but I decided to get the first light over the Canyon anyway. I stood transfixed not just with the cold but in wonder as the moon started to set over the Arizona Desert. It had been a clear starry night so it was very very cold! All worth the effort though… to see and experience the winter in this part of the world.

Mesa Verde Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park is at an altitude of over 8000 feet. Normally a light dusting of snow falls in the winter. But…. this year as North America received an abundance of cold weather and snowfall this part of Colorado did not escape it. The park was open and one of the famous cliff villages was open for inspection. However the largest of all the “White Palace” could only be seen from the lookout. What an amazing place, and the sun shone through all afternoon making the preserved villages glow.

Mesa Verde Colorado

The National Park of Mesa Verde is situated in South West Colorado as part of the high Plateau.

Annasazi or “Ancient Ones” arrived here in 800AD and progressively upgraded their way of life so that by 1200AD they had extensive agriculture and Brick villages established all around this very high altitude area. No one seems to know why they built in such a way as it appears they had no enemies. Their way of life came to an end because the fertility of the soils was totally repleted and so they could no longer sustain themselves. These ancient ruins are now an integral part of the world’s wonders and as such are an incredible place to visit.

Lake Powell, Mohave Desert and Lake Mead

Driving through southern Utah and Parts of the Top end of Arizona, you can work your way around the largest man-made lakes in the world! by road of course!

Glen Canyon dam is almost as spectacular as the famous Hoover dam….but not quite.
The Mohave desert and parts of the Navajo tribal lands are in this region and are quite beautiful in their own way.
Lake Powell is the more spectacular of the two but at this time of the year no boats could be hired. So a trip to the famous Rainbow arch will have to be for the next time.