The sheer size of the Grand Canyon always astounds me every time I go there. Photos don't begin to do it justice--you just can't capture 10 or more miles of expanse with a camera. I hope this shot gives a bit of an idea though. This was taken from the North Rim, along the path to Bright Angel Point. Bright Angel Point is something of a peninsula in the canyon walls from which you can look all around and see miles and miles of canyons and cliffs. Absolutely stunning.
The North Rim, if I remember correctly, receives only about 10 percent of all visitors to Grand Canyon. It's much more out of the way unless you are from Utah, Colorado, or New Mexico. The South Rim is closer to Phoenix and more accessible from Las Vegas, for those flying in, and is also closer to the major routes leading through Arizona, such as I-10 and I-40. Having never been to the South Rim, I can only comment on the North Rim. Absolutely beautiful, with dense forests of lodgepole pine, and relatively few people. Lots of wildlife as well--more deer than I've seen at any other park.
This shot was taken near sunset on a rather cloudy day. It had already rained a bit in the late morning and early afternoon, and the clouds lingered the rest of the day. I thought it was kind of neat with the light breaking through onto the buttes. Let me know what you think.
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mirko_ninkovic (488) 2007-01-26 15:09
Your photo is simple but very beautiful. You've captured canyon very well, it gives a sense of 3d image from this angle. The colors are great, and I like the game between shadows and lights. Really magnificent, and very informative note, too.
jwmunro (286) 2007-01-26 15:48
Hello Clark -
Well done with the light and the expanse. You are right the G.C. is very very difficult to photograph and to photograph correctly. You have done well in that regards. The light on the near peninsula is almost perfect. I was looking at a crop to minimize the sky and focus more attention on the lit wall but I think you have the best composition as it stands. Well done! A keeper for sure.
Personally my wife and I like the North Rim much better than the south mainly because of the lack of people and it is also a good 1000 feet higher and slightly cooler. The campground on the North Rim is forested and provides some protection from the sun and heat. The last time my wife and were there, October 2001, we sat with our two dogs on the patio of the lodge and watched the South Rim get hammered with a thunderstorm. It was dark so the fireworks were really spectacular and outstanding.
Thank you for sharing
yeno (0) 2007-01-26 16:46
Very nice colours, not too saturated, gooddepth of field and composition as well.Too bad, the sky wasn't more interesting, but I guess that isn't something you can do anythung about. Good job, would really like to see it.
stego (24132) 2007-01-26 22:49
Astounding is a good word to describe both this landscape and your photo.
Great game of lights and shadows, fabulous pov and sharpness.
TFS, Regards, Josť.
jmcl (14535) 2007-01-26 23:17
my kind of image .. and one of the few of the Grand Canyon I have seen that I have felt truly captures the vast expanse of the place ... wonderful ... wondrous
capthaddock (28790) 2007-01-27 18:34
Hi Clark - the light contrasts here are amazing, great timing with a sunbreak between the clouds, and a welcome unconventional angle on an oft photographed monument, the horizon seems to be barreling to the right, though that may be because of the decreasing top elevation of the plateau.
TravelBug (0) 2007-01-28 3:49
Wow. It doesn't look real or even something from this earth! I really love the 6 or so layers of depth in this photo. Great shot!
Click3 (1886) 2007-01-28 5:45
Hola Clark...this is an absolutely fantastic capture..very different from what we normally see from the GC...I specially like the lightimg/shadows that have created all those layers with a 3D look - depth & expanse. The detail and colours also excell. Bien Hecho !
Saludos fom Chile
zaitochi (179) 2007-01-30 13:25
Again a good shot of the canyons. The light is beautiful and the contrast with the clouds is really nice.
I like this sky, can see the rain in the background.
I would have cropped just a bit the bottom part.
MichaelTrezzi (3368) 2007-02-03 11:15
Hi Clark, this is really a perfect view of the Grand Canyon. I have been there couple of times and always wished to make a picture like this. Like the sharpnes of the fron ridge as well as the dramatic clouds. Well done. Cheers, Michael
ronners (10) 2007-02-21 21:00
What I found when I was there the last time (well, the South Rim in my case) is that you somehow need to pick a subject to make a worthwhile photo. You've achieved that here not through composition alone but through the fact that the centerpoint of the image is the most richly colored aspect. First of all, I'm very impressed that you were able to 'see' this, and from a technical aspect you did a good job capturing it (no doubt the polariser helped). For a place with so many stratified colors, to pare that down to just a few is great work and makes for an above-average image.
JDDeming (294) 2007-05-02 21:17
Great depth in the photo, it really draws me in. Good job! Never been there but would like to go after seeing this.
umbrellaphotos (1901) 2007-05-08 20:05
This is a beautiful image of a very beautiful place. Your composition is great and metering is pretty great - maybe a third or two thirds of a stop on the dark side, but still quite remarkable.
Nicely seen and captured,
crhieatt (5347) 2007-07-09 15:55
Excellent GC shot in "perfect" light. You're probably right about it not showing the true scale of the place - but it sure does looks big in this shot!! (Somehow I've managed to avoid going there on several trips which have taken me close by!)
CapturedByGrace (14) 2009-12-29 0:36
Just stunning. I think you did very well in showing the expanse of it. Love the light.
- Copyright: Clark Monson (cdmonson) (4910)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-09-01
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon Power Shot G2, Sunpak Circular Polarizer
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Mountains of N. America, UNESCO World Heritage Sites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-01-26 15:03
- Favorites: 2 [view]