Grand Canyon Layered View (Arizona)

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This is the very first photo from my trip to Grand Canyon National Park. I had a very eventful week-long driving trip through Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California.

The original plan was to fly from Canada to Phoenix early in the morning and to drive through Sedona and desert to Grand Canyon with the ultimate goal to be at Hopi Point at sunset. That was the plan but reality did not agree with it and our flight was canceled and we spent 12 hours in Toronto instead of Sedona waiting for the next plane.

We landed in Phoenix at sunset and drove to our hotel at Grand Canyon Village at night without seeing anything except a countless number of frightening deers on the side of the road.

We arrived at Mather Point at Grand Canyon first thing in the morning and this what I saw first and probably will remember for the rest of my life, magnificent, multi-layered view of Grand Canyon with dramatic clouds.

Arizona. Grand Canyon. Mather Point
Loc: 36°3’42” N 112°6’29” W

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog: 4 Bracketed Shots ( -2; -1; 0; +1)

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Focal Length: 20mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: F8
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2; -1, 0, +1, +2)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442  – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D

Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix

Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 4  images to tone map image (-2; -1, 0, +1), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (Tutorial: Complete HDR Workflow).
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop:  cleaning, contrast
Photoshop Plugins:

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky area only )
  • Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (foreground clifs)