Saturday, 21 October 2017 09:14

Into What Abyss?

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From Angel's Window Overlook, Vishnu's Temple, seen beyond the edge of Freya Castle, seems poised on the edge of the abyss that makes the Grand Canyon one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. There is such a vastness to this place that it is sometimes easy to overlook the intimacies that can be created from small (relatively) portions of the chasm that stretches for so many miles in each direction. From high above, the great rocks and deep gorges seem almost like puffy, colored marshmallows or swirls of melted chocolate in a giant saucepan. A focal length of 78mm, very short telephoto, gave me the narrower angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/13th second at ISO 200 gave me an ovreall slightly darker-than-medium exposure. Even in small sections the abyss of the Canyon seems to point your gaze into the heart of the Earth.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Saturday, 28 October 2017 06:42 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Nancy T. and Ray. Thank you both for joining me for this conversation. What we may lack in numbers, we more than compensate for in the astuteness of our observations, and I very much appreciate your presence with me as we consider this wonderful hole in the ground.
    Hi Nancy T. As usual, I am awed by the acuity of your comments. You have gone to the heart of the matter with your thoughts on slices and wandering, and abysses; and with something the size of the Grand Canyon, getting to the heart is no straightforward matter. If you tell me that Clark Gable is peeking at me from the depths of this chasm, I will gladly accept your conclusion and wave back at him. Walk in Beauty.
    Hey Ray, it's always good to receive your perceptive observations. I hope this finds you well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on compression and isolation with us. I have found that with the Grand Canyon the practiced use of slightly telephoto focal lengths produces as pleasing results as the wider vista, not that such vistas are displeasing, but simply that the isolation you point us to is as arresting as the wider view and the capacity to isolate such wonder as the Vishnu Temple is a worthy accompaniment. Of course, the beauty is that we can usually accomplish both, which speaks to why this grand place is so amazing on every level of consideration.
    Thank you both, again, for sharing what you have seen and felt with all of us. Our experiences are enhanced by your words.

  • Comment Link Ray Foote Sunday, 22 October 2017 16:06 posted by Ray Foote

    Don, what a pleasing image with some compression, some vivid areas, and a nicely isolated feature. And, there really is a lot of the color palate in there. Delightful! I agree, the whole is impossible to really depict with impact, but the details can suffice.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 22 October 2017 09:46 posted by Nancy Tripp

    The Grand Canyon is an awesome wonder. It must be at the top of the list of seven. I like that you gave us a small enough slice that we could wonder around and not get lost yet still feel the presence of the abyss. In my travels through the image, I spotted Clark Gable with his black hair parted on the side and slicked down, his big ears, and mustache. I don't remember him having an orange face though? He is a small spot in the bottom third of the image at about 7:00 on top of the white rocks... just his head is showing. Thanks for sharing the image, it's history and all that chocolate!

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