Morning view from Bright Angel Point on the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

It was a beautiful morning after a long and restless night.  As often the case, I arrived at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon after sunset, and decided that instead of looking for a place to sleep -- and there are only two places, the lodge and the campground, both of which were filled and there was no room -- I would sleep in my car.  I had my daughter's old car, a Subaru Legacy Outback, so I was able to sleep in the back with the seats down.

So we were parked in the main parking lot near the lodge, and once the sun rose, I got out and cleaned up a bit, and grabbed my gear and headed down the Bright Angel Point trail.  The trail, at the base of the lodge, is only about an 1/8th of a mile, and heads down to Bright Angel Point.

The views from this vantage point are not as expansive as Point Imperial or Cape Royal -- other major viewpoints along the North Rim -- as the view point is from Bright Angel Canyon, a side canyon of the main Grand Canyon.  But I have to be honest, any views of this absolutely gorgeous landscape is worth the view.

The only issue I had with the day was that while the canyon was hazy, there were no clouds to be found, and although the morning was bright and beautiful, there wasn't much of a sky. So looked around for a scene where I photograph this canyon with as little sky as possible, and along the way back up towards the lodge, I found this pine tree along the path that provided some framing of a scene that was beautiful. And so I took this photograph looking from the tree into Bright Angel Canyon and on into the Grand Canyon itself.

Photographer's Notes

As I often say, no clouds makes for not so great of a photograph, and this shot is no exception.  However, I looked around for a composition that would minimize the sky and not make it a focus. The pine tree and the bushes and rock in the foreground served to frame the view, if you will, it is almost as if it is a window, and I was able to minimize the sky.  You get the red color of the nearby part of the canyon which I call the mid-ground, and the canyon features in the background are in a haze that form a backdrop for the lit canyon side in the mid-ground. This is good example of using elements in your composition to frame your subject, which in this case is the lit canyon in the mid-ground.

I used my Canon 5D mark II with my Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 SP VC lens at a focal length of 42mm. The exposure settings were f/11 at 1/80 second shutter speed and an ISO of 100.  This shot was taken hand held as I couldn't get a good sturdy ground for my tripod. 

This photograph was processed using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop for spot removal and some dodging and burning.

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Back in 1982, my Air Force roommate was in desperate need of some cash, and he had a camera. And I was in the market for a camera as I had TDY (Temporary Duty) orders for Cyprus and was looking for a good camera to take with me. So over some beers and some negotiations with my roommate (and a few hundred dollars later), I found that I had become the owner of a brand spanking new Canon AE-1 camera with an assortment of lens, including a Canon 50mm, a 35mm lens, as well as a telephoto lens.

Fast forward to today, and I am now an owner of a Canon 5D Mark II (looking to upgrade, but can't decide on my next camera) and a bunch of Canon glass and I am primarily a landscape and travel photographer. Yea, that means that I get up before the sun rises and am out after the sun sets. Makes for interesting times!

Thank you for joining me on this photographic journey and hope to hear from you!


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