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Canyon Light

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 2 June 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

This is one of those really simple images that nonetheless evokes a sense of warmth, passion, and excitement as a result of the orangish hue of dusk along the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

I used a 300mm f/4L telephoto lens to compress the ridges and thanks to an atmospheric phenomenon called airlight (the lightening of the atmosphere caused by particles reflecting sunlight - more prevalent at higher elevations), the ridges become lighter in tonal value as they transition off. This works well in the photographer's favor as darker objects recede while lighter objects come forward, thus, as in the case of this image, the lighter tones help to draw the viewer's eye through the frame. In order to avoid adding noise in the shadows, I only sharpened the ridge lines with Nik Sharpener Pro.

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/4 second F/16.0 ISO 200 300 mm

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