Grnad Canyon…It’s A Wrap

Wow, I can’t believe the week is over. It flew by! We had so much great shooting and working images that by the day’s end I simply dropped into bed. So, here’s a wrap of the week…

In addition to working the grand vistas, we worked some of the details like this lone tree clinging to a rock at Yaki Point…

And the last light of day as the shadows creep up the rocks presenting us with graphic images. I dialed in minus 2 exposure compensation to take the shadows to black making the colorful rocks at Hopi Point pop…

We worked our images in the digital darkroom each afternoon bringing out the details and nuances of the scene using the tools at hand. I find that I use NIK plug-ins on each image I finish. Whether it’s a simple Tonal Contrast to enhance the details or Glamour Glow for bringing romance to an image. I use both Infrared in Color Efex and Silver Efex to take my images into B&W where tonalities, shadows, shape and texture draw your eye through the image…

The same scene captured in B&W looks entirely different than it’s color counterpart. This image is a tighter composition of the top image and processed in B&W Infrared #2…

And, on our last day the Photo Gods smiled upon us giving us what I like to call a “Grand Canyon Day” where the sky fills with clouds, the shadow and light dances across the canyon quickly changing, playing hide and seek as first Isis Temple is revealed and just as quickly, it is once again cloaked in shadow as if to say catch me if you can…

For now I leave the Grand Canyon, new adventures await. But, like a moth to a flame I am drawn back again and again. Already, I am looking forward to what beauty and secrets the Grand Canyon will present to me in my next visit…

Thanks to JoAnn, Steve & Scott. The enthusiasm and eagerness to learn and create beautiful images you brought to this adventure is what kept me going on those twenty hour days!

Images captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 14-24mm, AF-S 24-70mm, AF-S 70-200mm VR on Lexar Digital Media