Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Some Trip Planning and a Grand View

If all goes according to plan, I'll be heading out to some prime shooting areas across the canyonlands of northern and eastern Arizona in a few weeks; that prompted me to dig up this one from several years ago. Shot from the south rim of the Grand Canyon, looking northeast under a clearing late-afternoon sky, following a day of showers and thunder (a little early this day for the really "sweet" light, but still kind of nice with the cloud shadows to emphasize the multiple layers and colors). In fact, I'm purposely delaying our upcoming trip until July, in the hope of catching some of the monsoon storms that bubble up into Arizona from Mexico in the summer. Maybe I'll capture some lightning or rainbows over Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly if I'm lucky:) You can rarely trust nature to cooperate with your best-laid plans, so we'll see how it goes, but for me, studying the weather and sky is a significant and fun part of any serious nature/landscape photo work.

12 comments:

Meghann said...

Wow, I can't wait to see more images! Have a great trip :)

tstreasures said...

Now that is an amazing shot of the Grand Canyon. The range of colors makes it such a beautiful shot.

earthtoholly.com said...

Wow. I love the three different appearances, from front to back...very beautiful. And can't wait to see the photos from your upcoming trip...I am prepared to be awed! :o)

Mark Alan Meader said...

Uh-Oh.. the pressure is on now.. have to come back with some great stuff. I'll do my best! Thank you Meghann, TT and Holly!

storybeader said...

golly! those colors are absolutely gorgeous! Amazing!!

Patrick said...

Wish you a wonderful trip Mark, as wonderful as this image.

Mountain Woman said...

Wow, what an incredible photo. I envy you your trip and I can't wait to see more pictures upon your return.

Light and Voices said...

I have saved your blog in my favorites. I just am always awed by your photograghs. I think that you are a very talented landscape photographer!
Joyce

Mook said...

your not turning Scottish with your Robert Burns quote there are you Mark ;)

almost a 3d shot this one astounding! hope you have a gid (good) trip when it comes :)

Mark Alan Meader said...

Deb and Mountain Woman: Hi again, and thank you very much! Not just at the Grand Canyon, but all over the Arizona/Utah area, the light shows, weather and colors are unbeatable.

Hi Patrick: thanks.. I still have to wait a few weeks however. Hopefully "real work" won't interfere and delay me further.

L&V/Joyce: Thanks for the kind words.. I'm glad you enjoy visiting and hope you stop by often. I see you are a fan of John Paul Caponigro.. very good choice of inspiration!

Mook: Thanks..I do anticipate a very "gid" time!

Lynda Lehmann said...

Mark, this view and photo are simply astoundingly beautiful! Breathtaking!!

Lynda Lehmann said...

I think what amazes me here is the DOF, as well as the way the warm and cool color complements play against each other!