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Saturday, 07 October 2017 08:50

A Day in the Life of a Bright Angel

There are so many wonderful locations along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon that it is very difficult to even consider a favorite, but when the late light just before sunset illuminates the great domes of the Brahma Temple and the Zoroaster Temple as they are seen from high up along the Bright Angle Point Trail, "favorite" takes on a whole new meaning. I wanted to frame the great rocks with the pinon and juniper just below the trail that were absorbed in the same golden light, leaving the depths of Bright Angel Canyon as contrasting shadow. A focal length of 56mm, as normal as you could ask, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. To focus, I chose a pinon growing down the slope out of view on the right of the frame a bit farther away than the pinon on the left. An aperture of f/18 afforded enough depth-of-field, maximized by that focus point. These settings, along with a shutter speed of 1.6 seconds at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly darker-than-medium exposure. Perhaps one day I'll find an equally intriguing "favorite" place, but the Bright Angle Point Trail will always take my breath away.

Friday, 29 September 2017 12:51

All the Way To Tropic

The amazing structure that is erroneously called Bryce "Canyon" is geological wonderment at its finest. Rather than a canyon, it is a collection of interconnecting amphitheatres forming on the eastern slopes of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, in itself another geologic wonder, whose name comes from the Paiute word for "home of the beavers." As the Paunsaugunt began uplifting 10-20 million years before the present, its eastern slopes began an erosion of the underlying sandstone strata whose dissection led to the extravagant hoodoos of the Claron Formation. To stand along the rim of Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon National Park as the morning light spreads through the silent sentinels of stone below is to witness the Earth's handiwork as it shares the marvels of its domain from the ground beneath my feet all the way to Tropic and beyond. A focal length of 90mm, short telephoto, isolated the hoodoos that were speaking to me. An aperture of f/16 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1.0 second at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly lighter-than-medium exposure of what seemed almost pastel in its tonalities.

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