Thursday, October 15, 2009

Waiting for the Sun (part deux)

So, here is the other half of last week's post. This shot is taken from exactly the same tripod position at the Grand Canyon as my previous one, just 180° opposite. It was obvious that the sun was going to peek through the clouds down at the horizon for just a minute or two.. the question was, if it was going to be too low by that time to light the canyon walls, which is what I was hoping for. If that had not happened as it ultimately did, it would have been a bit of a disappointment since the lighting from the overcast sky was pretty flat and unspectacular. I was reasonably sure about the colorful sky in the other direction, so I had my bets at least partially covered. Must have looked kind of odd swinging back and forth like a madman working both compositions for 2-3 minutes, but by this time there was no one else around, so who cares? The light catching the little tree in the foreground was an unexpected bonus.
As usual, stop by at the SkyWatch home page to see great sky shots from around the world.
In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.
- Alfred Stieglitz

20 comments:

Guy D said...

Magnificent photo, what a great scene.

All the best
Guy
Regina In Pictures

VALKYRIEN said...

Your patience and work paid off! A beautiful photo - the scenery is breathtaking! And the light is wonderful!
Thanks so much for visiting!

itsnotjustapicture said...

like the lighting touching the tree that hangs out horizontally and of course around the rim of the canyon. lovely.

Grace Olsson said...

to be photographer is , also, to be patient...great shot, dear
havea nice weekend
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sixstars said...

Nice shot and well worth the effort I think the light on the little tree does lift the photo scene.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Excellent..love the lighting here!

Photo Cache said...

what can i say? it's perfect.

Japa said...

The many odd things we do just to get a good frame. For that effort you were rewarded an amazing frame. Thanks for sharing.

Just curios, did you get another shot of that almost falling tree?

Maisy said...

Your photography is always so beautiful.

J Bar said...

Greta use of light.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Carolyn Ford said...

Exactly! Who cares! I am glad you had the patience and insight to catch this amazing shot! The light on the tree is definitely a bonus! Beautiful!

Sylvia K said...

The lighting is perfect and the shot is breathtaking! The colors are stunning!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

Gary Heller said...

I am glad to see the 2nd shot. Great warm lighting with a cool and dynamic sky behind.
Very well done.

Eaglesbrother said...

Beautiful capture of a very beautiful and massive array of Creators work.
Great composition.

Eaglesbrother

Elisabeth said...

Fantastic colors...well worth the wait.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely scene and light on the canyon walls. It is a beautiful.

storybeader said...

love the lonesome tree growing out of the rocks in the foreground. The top of the cliffs look so flat in the distance, they looks like the land up there goes for miles. Maybe it's just an allusion...

Emm said...

That tree is amazing! I love this photo. It really captures that eerie world of early morning up in the mountains.

Light and Voices said...

Again, your photo leaves me speehless!
Joyce M

earthtoholly.com said...

Beautiful capture, Mark. And that poor tree makes this shot especially interesting, I think...seems to be reaching out for something... Happy SWF!