The Dam Tour

While in Page, AZ recently we decided to take the tour of Glen Canyon Dam.  I hadn’t toured it in years and thought it would be fun to make some photos.  I attached a 16mm fisheye lens to my D4, set the ISO to Auto (we would be in and outdoors and I didn’t have a tripod), dialed in a 5 frame bracket and was ready to go.  We began the tour going down a couple of levels and then walking along the Dam itself as our guide regaled us with facts and stories…

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Once indoors we travelled down some long corridors.  I waited until the last and then turned to make a couple of photos when the guard told me I could take photos.  I apologized and put my camera down.  We continued the tour and as we were returning down the corridor, he caught my attention and told me I could shoot the corridor now because he wasn’t in it.  I thanked him and fired of a couple of sequences.  So, I could photograph the Dam but not the guard.  Works for me.  Go figure…

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After photographing one direction, I turned the camera and shot in the other direction…

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We finished the tour in the depths of the Dam looking at the heart of the entire operation…

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All images were handheld, 5 frame brackets.  Being on a tour doesn’t allow for time to set up a tripod and take long exposures.  This is where digital comes into it’s own…the ability to make an image, handheld, on the fly, at high ISO settings and realize your vision using the tools available to us in the digital darkroom.  Ya gotta love the freedom and fun digital photography provides us!



  1. Craig Meyers says:

    In other words, the guard didn’t want his picture taken. : ) I like the series.

  2. John Thomas says:

    I am loving your daily posts. Great photography.


  3. Is Laurie playing with a new lens? If so, I like what I see.

    • Hi Gary,
      Not new but, I don’t pull it out often enough. Thanks. I love using the fisheye lens! It adds a whimsical feel.