First Ever Grand Canyon

By: sallywoodphotography

May 05 2012

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Category: Landscapes


Focal Length:70mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D700

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First trip to the Grand Canyon last week………  yes, it was awesome!  Too expansive to even describe.  We had beautiful weather and walked some of the south rim, which is about 1000 ft lower than the north rim.. this will be the first of many images..  I have to admit , I am not a landscape photographer, and didn’t have a wide angle lens, so will appreciate any feedback anyone has……  thanks in advance!


8 comments on “First Ever Grand Canyon”

  1. Hi Sally, first off very nice image. Shooting a shot like this at 70mm is not the easiest and a wider angle lens would have been beneficial. Once suggestion I have is that the horizon line is to close to the top of the image and the small band of blue sky at the top does not help the overall look of the image. IMO it would have been better to have cropped a little of the grass at the bottom and left a little more sky at the top. I think that would be a more pleasing image to the eye. Hope this helps. Keep posting I would love to see more since I have never had the chance to shoot the Grand Canyon!

    • HI Steve, thanks for taking a look! Regrettfully I didn’t have much more sky in this particular image… so I took it out altogether. I will keep this in mind for future image edits.. just gotta find the time to do it!

  2. Sally, I think Steve has some good advice. I’m not sure what lens you’re using, but if it happens to be a 70-200mm, zooming in on a landscape also has its merits. Even at f/11, it’s tough to keep the foreground in focus on a landscape shot with a 70mm focal length. Cropping out the foreground by zooming in would allow you to experiment with the many compositions you can find in rugged and colorful landscapes such as here in the Grand Canyon. As Steve mentioned, the horizon line needs a little padding from the top of the image. Using the rule of thirds is a great starting point for experimentation. If you’re going to cut the sky out of the image as you’ve done, pick prominent features to be your subjects and give them some padding from the top of the frame. In this image, those features might be the two points that stand out noticeably toward the top of the image. Great image, though! Thanks for posting.

    • Camden, great feedback.. yes even with taking out the bit of sky, the image looks lopsided.. sadly with this one I don’t have any thing more at the top.. I will use that philosophy with other couple of hundred shots I have.. lol… Thanks for taking the time to reply and comment!

  3. The Grand Canyon is a great place to visit! I haven’t been there in a while but I want to get back there soon.

  4. Actually, I kind of like that you didn’t include the sky in this shot. I think it’s a really nice shot. The Grand Canyon isn’t easy to photograph—especially on a really sunny day.

  5. HI Cindy, thanks for your thoughts.. yes, my first visit ever and I only had my 70-200mm lens.. Since then I have purchased something wider……….. and have been told I should have used a polarizer…. live and learn every day right!

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