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Wild Light Over Grand Canyon

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 29 May 2008 in Landscape & Rural.

I've just returned from a scouting trip to northern Arizona with my friends, Mike Hall, Gary Hart and Jay Hart. I am planning a spring 2009 workshop which will cover not only the Grand Canyon, but also Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and Sedona (please check website for details). We decided to shoot sunset from Hopi Point on this particular evening and were treated to a spectacular lightshow. This is one of many images from that shoot. I had been shooting towards the west when Mike called out that the sky to the north was alive with color. The canyon was falling into shadow but was bathed with this awesome warm light, so I used a Singh Ray 5-stop split neutral density filter to balance the tones. This image needed very little work in Photoshop. I will probably be accused of saturating the color, but believe me, it was this warm! To see more of my landscape images, get details on this and other workshops, or to learn more about my book On the Edge, please visit my website at

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 6 seconds F/16.0 ISO 200 16 mm

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