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Grand Canyon Sunset

It's ironic, really. The Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic, jaw-dropping, and magnificent landscapes in all of the southwest. I don't care who you are, the first time you see it you'll stand there, agape with wonder, slowly taking in the entire chasm. So... why is it so hard to photograph?


Maybe it's just me, but I've been to this location several times, and I find it extremely difficult to take photos of the Grand Canyon that I like. Maybe it's the massive range in lighting between the canyon floor and canyon rim at sunset and sunrise? Maybe it's the scene is just so noisy, with canyons going here and there, and tither and hither, that the final image is just too chaotic? Maybe it's the nigh impossibility of getting a nicely composed shot devoid of oblivious tourists in bright red pajama pants standing as far out on rocky precipices as humanly possible--totally ruining your shot?


Or, maybe it's ultimately just the fact that the vista is so grand, that you can't help to see its translation to a single photograph and feel a little let down. "Oh, it was so much more hawesome than that!"


At any rate, if you keep at it enough, you do come away with some keepers, and I do like this shot. No, it doesn't capture the grandeur of the location (in fact, it took a long time before I thought this shot was a keeper), but focusing in on details in perfect light is always a good strategy.


I'll definitely keep coming back here though until I figure the place out. Hopefully that doesn't happen any time soon. ;)

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Taken on May 14, 2011