Life is Grand!

How can it be anything else when sharing the passion for photography in such a grand location as the Grand Canyon! Yesterday was non-stop beginning at 6:30 am when we left the hotel filled with anticipation of the photo opportunities that awaited us on the canyon’s rim. We headed to Mather point for sunrise where we worked the many angles and changing light watching the play of light and shadows as the sun rose over the horizon. I love the challenge of making new images in familiar locations and one of my favorite images from the morning is a 5 shot HDR using a 16mm fisheye lens shooting into the sun with the lens closed down to f22 to create a starburst effect…

We ended the day with another star trail session. Wow, three hours to make two images. Luckily we had some entertainment along so, we sat in the warm car and enjoyed watching NCIS on Steve’s computer. It certainly helped the time pass. We’ll be heading out once more to do star trails and I’ll post more images with my take on photographing them.

Today we headed to Yavapai Point for sunrise where another perspective of the canyon gave us some new images to make, new techniques to try out. While I have an idea of what to expect at each shoot, the light and weather conditions make me need to be flexible and open to the moment. It’s great fun having Grand Canyon newbies along to share their first experiences of this amazing place…

Each afternoon, when the light gets hard, we head to the lounge in the Bright Angel hotel and work the morning’s images. It’s a great way to see what we did, what we need to do for the next shoot and to finish some images. I love comparing my vision of the day with others to see each of our unique perspectives. It’s a great learning experience for all of us…yes, I learn from my students each time we go out. Here are a couple more from the morning’s shoot…

Even though the colors of the southwest are spectacular, I always keep B&W in the back of my mind. I used NIK Silver Efex Pro Structure mode to finish this image…

Images captured with Nikon D3X, AF 16mm Fisheye, AF-S 24-70mm, AF-S 70-200mm on Lexar Digital Media