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Bathed in Light
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
The Grand Canyon has truly earned its title of a natural wonder of our world. But seeing the Grand Canyon from the rim is one thing; to actually experience the canyon in all it’s glory one must actually hike down into it. This is the only way to truly appreciate the scale and diverse beauty of this miracle of nature. I, however, am not keen of schlepping expensive and very heavy camera equipment into the canyon, so I have to make my images count while on the rim.
This image doesn’t feature a particularly beautiful sunset since there were no clouds to reflect and enhance the light. So I had to be more creative with my composition. After scouting the location, I found a lone tree on the edge of the canyon and knew I had found the perfect foreground.
Nine bracketed exposures caught the entire shift in light throughout the entire frame. These shots helped expose the back of the canyon but also captured the golden light bathing the foreground. Notice how the light drapes softly across the canyon and helps draw the viewer into a sense of the depth of the canyon. In addition to this, placing the sun behind the tree was an effective way to highlight the sunset without overwhelming the frame with excessive light.
Image Code: A024