DaveCornelison
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Mooney Falls



This was what was waiting for us after our 10 mile hike in to the Grand Canyon.

This was what was waiting for us after our 10 mile hike in to the Grand Canyon.
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TLien PRO
 
TLien October 03, 2015
That's a great angle for your shot of the falls.
DaveCornelison
DaveCornelison October 03, 2015
Thank you!
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corinnegording January 03, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
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corinnegording January 03, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
corinnegording
 
corinnegording January 03, 2016
Love your photo and congrats on your win
DaveCornelison
DaveCornelison January 04, 2016
Thank you so much Corrine! Great to connect with you on ViewBug!
marystilwell
 
marystilwell May 27, 2016
Spectacular shot, love the angle you shot.
DaveCornelison
DaveCornelison May 27, 2016
Thank you Mary!
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Byronfairphotography September 24, 2017
Beautiful landscape / Voted
DaveCornelison
DaveCornelison September 25, 2017
Thank you Byron!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo of Mooney Falls was a great reward after a 10-mile hike into the Grand Canyon. HOWEVER...to get down to the falls we endured a white-knuckle descent down a ladder/chain system about 80 feet above the base of the falls. Google "Mooney Falls ladder" and you'll see what I mean.
Time
This photo was taken on afternoon of the 2nd day of our 3-day adventure. It was packed with people but thankfully they all cleared out after a few hours. My wife and I had the whole place to ourselves (that's her in the photo).
Lighting
The weather in April at the Grand Canyon was perfect, 70's during the day, 40's at night. Sunshine and blue skies during the day provided great light and contrast on the brick colored landscape.
Equipment
My camera for this trip was the Nikon D5300. I used my Tokina 11-16mm lens for this photo. I didn't bring my tripod so I needed a very steady hand for this shot.
Inspiration
This is such a beautiful and unique spot. I tried to capture many elements in one photo: the blue-green pools (caused by a high concentration of calcium carbonate) creating mini-falls, the jagged rock walls, the brick-colored trees, and of course the 190 foot waterfall. Thankfully, the wide angle Tokina helped to capture all of it.
Editing
I didn't need to do much post-processing. I adjusted some light levels and color quality in Lightroom.
In my camera bag
I am a hiker/climber first and photographer second. I try my best (with my budget) to capture the amazing places I get to experience so I can share the photos with my family and friends, and now great sites like ViewBug. Size and weight are the biggest concerns; the relatively small and light Nikon D5300 is my go-to hiking camera. The Nikon 35mm prime lens and the Tokina 11-16mm lens are usually always in my pack. I recently bought the Peak Design Capture camera clip for my backpack and I love it. I also carry a small, portable tripod.
Feedback
These are the things I tell myself: go to fantastic places and take great photos! Learn as much as you can before you go (there are plenty of tutorials and photographers out there with great advice). Experiment, try new things with your camera. Be patient (if I had left before all the people cleared out of this spot, I wouldn't have this photo). Don't rush the process, carefully consider the composition, light, angle and perspective. And finally, relax dude. Have fun with it.

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