Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Beautiful Sunset At The Grand Canyon: Some Photographs

                    This photo was taken in the afternoon, and it has come out quite well!

I have often heard that Landscape photography is a rather "slow" type of photography.
However it is strange this kind of photography contradicts itself, for it also means better hurry up and also wait.
For example when we set out to take a large panorama like the Grand Canyon, we know that the subject is not going anywhere, and we have all the time in the world to set up our camera, after finding the right angles and position ourselves and simply wait patiently. Our subject does not change here, but the light conditions change constantly throwing up beautiful hues of colors, and we have to hurry to catch them in our camera.

 So this is the so called,"Contradiction", where we also have to wait patiently and also hurry up simultaneously all at that very precise moment.
It can be fun doing this, especially in a place like Grand Canyon that too during sunrise and sunset.
We should not let our mind waver, seeing other people placed in other points and try to change positions often, that would totally ruin the whole purpose. Grand Canyon would look beautiful from any point it is so vast and beautiful and we can never go wrong, if we know what we are doing.


We must know that taking pictures in mid afternoon is a bad choice for light is going to be too harsh, and everything would look flat and lifeless, especially in a place like Grand Canyon. 

                                            These pictures were taken in the afternoon



Though we did take pictures of it in the afternoon too, for we were not sure whether we would come back to take pictures during the sunset. The pictures were OK, nothing great. The perfect time for such landscape photography, as we all know is only sunrise and sunset, as the atmosphere is cooler at this time, and it also brings a hue of colors playing around. Anything like the ocean, the mountains and the canyons, and other similar landscapes looks absolutely stunning in these times. The play of different colors changing every second  is by itself very fascinating to observe.



                        Dark clouds all of sudden: it even drizzled a bit and then there was sun
                                                  Click on the pictures to enlarge




Taking a photograph with the Rainbow behind is a bad idea, but I wanted it like that only, so both the rainbow and myself have not come out well.

All the pictures have been taken by my husband. He used to be a very good photographer once upon a time, however, after getting married to me, and my constant nagging to take photographs of me all the time has made him lose interest in photography. 
Now a days I keep practicing taking pictures  with the Nikon digital camera, (bought by him for me) I even take 'selfies'with that big camera. What to do when husband refuses, wife has to do it by herself only!

And also remember to carry your Tripod with you to get the best pictures. Now while travelling to many places it might be a little cumbersome to carry one, like we didn't carry it with us during our trip to the US, we just did the best we could without it. However, if your aim is to capture something in a professional way, and you would be travelling for that purpose only then, I am sure you would not leave without your Tripod.


Okay, photography is huge subject, and needs constant practice, everybody from professionals to amateurs click hundreds of pictures, and then select just a few good ones. Like everything it has some rules to be followed, but don't let rules stop you from taking a picture, which might turn out to be a masterpiece. With the coming of digital cameras it is no longer a big deal to take as many pictures as we want, and to keep on deleting the bad ones. Persistence is the name of the game.

Happy Clicking!!!

24 comments:

  1. Looks great, picture perfect :)

    Try publishing these pictures in large format in this post, I think it will look better...

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  2. Loved nearly all the pictures you have posted. My pictures are entirely different! So many colours are visible in your pictures.

    Yes, it is not very difficult to take pictures nowadays! Auto focussing helps us a lot!

    I am not very fond of taking pictures of myself and so our tour photos don't have many pictures of ours...they are mostly of the places, sceneries etc. I have to write a post on Grand Canyon soon!

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    1. I am glad you like the pictures. Do post your pictures too of the GC. The colors keep flooding the whole area every second, and every scene is worthy of a few clicks.The drama of the grand sunset unfolds right in front of so many people waiting to admire, capture everything, the click click sound of the cameras, all the chorus of the Aahs and Ohoos... nothing can beat the sensation of witnessing magic of the sunset in the Grand Canyon.
      Thanks Sandhya.

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  3. What stunning images and handy tips!

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    1. Thank you John. I am so happy you liked this post.

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  4. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. Also, appreciate your tips on "clicking".

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  5. The photos are unique. Rama you look fabulous with the great mountains in the background.

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    1. Thank you Usha, it makes me very happy to know that you liked this post of mine.

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  6. All the pics look ravishing! Would you give me permission to paint a few of them? They brought me memories of visiting this Majestic place with our son, unfortunately we have lost all our pics.
    You look beautiful as always Rama.

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    1. Thanks Padmaja, you know you are always welcome.

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  7. But you still have some nice pictures.
    You have said it right, everyone click hundreds of pictures, and then select just a few good ones to show to others. (this is OK now with digital, but think of the cost during the film era)
    We had been to the Canyon during sunset and sunrise. Sunset pics were good, but during sunrise, the sun played spoil sport.

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    1. Thanks Haddock. Yes, I can imagine taking during th pre- digital times. especially color photos w ould cost so much.

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  8. Wow! Such breathtaking pics! So beautifully captured :-)

    I love clicking pics of landscape and sunset. I have so many pictures of sunset, they might seem similar, but to me I look at every pic in a different way. As they say, things look a lot different when you view it from a different eye (through the camera).

    I really wish I got to witness this live once :-)

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    1. You would, as visiting such places is no longer a big deal with all kinds of offers form various tourist organizations. Now it is only the time that matters, if you can make the time for travel it would be possible. Even I take so many sunset pictures, and they all look different to me, but to others it might seem the same.
      Thanks for liking the pictures.

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  9. We went to grand canyon in the early morning and it was freezing there...and most of the pics have me in them:)...You always manage to take good pics..

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  10. It is beautiful.
    Happy Sunday! :)

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    1. Thanks Lux G.
      Happy Sunday to you too!!!

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  11. Hi, Rama! I love your photos presented here. I remember you posted photos from Grand Canion in other post too. You are a good photographer. And you look great in this new header! Have a wonderful summer!

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  12. Your photographs look very pretty and you too standing near a coconut tree.You don't look like a quinquagenarian.

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  13. Beautiful landscapes with stunningly professional photography:)

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  14. Grand Canyon is one of our favorite places. We have visited many times and have taken almost all our visitors there. Nature is beautiful and powerful..

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