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On the South Kaibab



The South Kaibab trail heading into the Grand Canyon on the South rim side. It is late afternoon and we're anxiously awaiting the Sunset, knowing full wel...
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The South Kaibab trail heading into the Grand Canyon on the South rim side. It is late afternoon and we're anxiously awaiting the Sunset, knowing full well we'll be walking out in completely blackness.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken on the South Kaibab trail a mile or two into the Grand Canyon.
Time
I don't have an exact time (since I never set the time in my camera) but it was late afternoon. Just a few hours after snapping this we were getting some gorgeous Sunset shots -which then had us walking out of the Canyon in pitch blackness.
Lighting
All natural of course. :) The cloud cover was "ok", meaning there was enough to add some texture to the skies but not quite the drama you see in the many storm photos over the Canyon, but I was very happy with it since more often then not we get completely cloud free, blue skies here in Central Arizona. LOL
Equipment
I used my Canon 60D and just the 18-50mm kit lens for this one, although I had my 50mm f1.4 with me as well for many of the shots that day.
Inspiration
Just looking at the scene with my eyes you could sense the drama of seeing the path with the drop off on each side of it. It actually wasn't quite as terrifying to walk on as it appears in the photo but there IS a reason you hear of people falling to their deaths (or serious injury) every year on these trails.
Editing
Yes. I do do quite a bit of sharpening and 'some' noise reduction in all my photos and since this started life as a RAW file it took quite a bit of tonal adjustments to get the image caught in camera to look like what I saw in person. Honestly, this is an extreme simplification of my workflow but On1 and Phlearn have great tutorials for using Photoshop and Effects10. :)
In my camera bag
I carry surprisingly little. The body I carry with me now is the Canon 7D Mark II using the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 as well as Canon's 10-18mm and the ever trusty, cheap, errrrr I mean 'inexpensive' (and surprisingly good) Canon 55-250. Throw in an extra battery and the Manfrotto befree tripod and I'm good to go.
Feedback
The best advice is rather obvious. To capture a scene or landscape you actually have to GO to the place where it exists. In other words, take some trips. We're lucky enough to live in Arizona where the Grand Canyon is only a 3 1/2 hour drive from our home in Mesa (not to mention the Antelope slot canyons in Page, AZ as well as Monument Valley), but I see great photos from every state since every state has scenes worth capturing. The other advice is to know your gear. Someone with the cheapest Walmart purchases Canon Rebel who KNOW their camera inside and out will outdo someone with a much more expensive body who doesn't. Lastly, post-processing is not a dirty word despite what some in the "in camera only" crowd would say. Even to do simple "flaw" correction. I have seen many great photos, especially of the ocean and lakes, where the horizon is off by a couple of degrees or the photos are under/over exposed were some simple adjustments would make a world of difference.

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