Saturday, 07 October 2017 08:50

A Day in the Life of a Bright Angel

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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.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Saturday, 14 October 2017 10:29 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone. Thank you all very much for joining me for this conversation. It has been a long, but excellent, week of Road Scholar programs with the Intentional Growth Center at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Bonnie and I had a great time with everyone there and the Smokies, as always, were wonderful, but this week's Image was from a different world entirely, and I have marveled over your thoughts and comments on the wonder that is the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. When Nature digs a ditch, She can do it like no one else.
    Hey Vicki. Thanks for your delightful comments. You are more than welcome to come along on my adventures, and I hope you'll always enjoy the view. There are many places in our beautiful land from which to glimpse Heaven and this is certainly one of them. I hope the past five years of these Images have been beautiful ones.
    Hi Ron. It's always good to have you with us. I wish you could have been with us at Bright Angel Point as well. Walk in Beauty.
    Hi Greg. It's great to hear from you. Thanks for being with us. I hope the past two years have been creative ones for you. Let us know how you are doing. Your words are more than kind and much appreciated. Thank you for enjoying my adventures.
    Hey Michael, I always appreciate hearing from you because I know you will deconstruct what I share in a thoughtful and perceptive way. And besides, I think you love contrasts as much as I do. Thanks for pointing us to some of the contrasts in this Image. As usual, you are spot on. Hope all is well in the beautiful Ocean State.
    Hey Nancy T., it sure was good to have lunch with you on my way home from the Southwest. I wish you could have been with us there and hope we get to see you in November. Like Mike, I think you love contrasts as much as I, and I am grateful for your kind comments about contrast in this Image; and, of course, you are exactly right about the light. It is what makes this image what it is, and it will probably never be quite the same again. I am grateful to have had the chance to be in its presence.
    Thanks, again, everyone. I am blessed to have all of you as part of my photography/creative family, and I truly appreciate the shared words of your thoughts and observations.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 08 October 2017 12:36 posted by Nancy Tripp

    The light is awesome in this one. You could probably return dozens of times and not find that light again. It is amazing how the tops of those peaks look so fragile yet they have been there so many years. This image like the hoodoos, has many horizontal lines with their own stories. There are great contrasts between the blue, yellow and clay colors and in the age difference in the age of the trees and the rocks. The brambles in the left foreground seem to be mimicking the blue colors in the canyon. The more I look at it, the more little treasures I find. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for lunch yesterday. It was good to see you and Chuck again.

  • Comment Link Mike DiStefano Sunday, 08 October 2017 11:56 posted by Mike DiStefano

    Howdy Don, another great landscape image. Love the contrasts: contrast of colors, contrast of scale, contrast of textures, contrast of sharpness. Love seeing you images.

  • Comment Link Greg Miller Sunday, 08 October 2017 10:52 posted by Greg Miller

    Don, this image of evening falling on the North Rim is one of your best, and that's saying something. I always look forward to the recounts of your travels.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Comment Link Ron Belovitz Sunday, 08 October 2017 10:25 posted by Ron Belovitz

    Beautiful! Wish I was there!

  • Comment Link Vicki Kemner Sunday, 08 October 2017 09:38 posted by Vicki Kemner

    Don McGowan....Imagine That.... I can just to follow along in your shadow!
    Over the past 5 years of following,this has to be the closest glimpse of Heaven!

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