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.
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.