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Yes, it is true, the Grand Canyon
is a most spectacular and awesome thing to view.
However, on my many trips there each year I am always amazed
at all of the different things there are to see and learn about.
But I do spend much time viewing the canyon never the less.
I just don't seem to be able to get enough of it.
There are many park rangers that give daily walks and talks about the history of the canyon.
You just might find this most interesting if you would just give it a try the next time you go there.
The grand Canyon is very difficult to photograph and get the true colors that are there. Many have ask me, why is it my photos do not look like what I saw.
If you are going to bring a film type camera you should use a slow ISO film. ( ISO is the film's speed rating) This means a film with a film speed of 50 ISO, or 100 ISO but no more than 200 ISO. The slower speed films have the ability to record higher contrast and higher color saturation. Where the higher speed films are generally a lower contrast and less color saturation films.
Also, if possible, try to use a tripod, yes I know they cumbersome and it takes more time to set up. But, if you really want to get the good photos its the thing to do. One other thing, with very slow speed films always use some type of a cable release to activate the camera's shutter. I will not attempt to tell you what mfg. film to use.
Also you should use a Polarizer filter. If your camera is an auto focus you will need to use a circular polarizer filter. These filters are only effective when the sun is coming from or shinning on the object at an angle. If the sun is behind you, or in front of you, it will not work. Also for the best results at the canyon you really need a color enhancing filter. If you can only afford to buy one, get the color enhancing filter. It works no matter what angle the sun is at.
Now that we have the film and filters out of the way, let's talk about what lenses to bring along. Of course if your like me you will want to bring every thing you own along.
If you just going to take photos of the canyon in general you will want to have a wide angle lens. For the non professional use I would suggest some thing like a 28 mm to 70 or 80 mm zoom lens. Nothing less than a 2.8 lens. The other non profession usage lens that I would recommend would be a good quality 75 or 80 mm to 200 or 300 mm zoom lens. The better lenses will be marked APO glass, they also are more expensive. Inasmuch as it is the lens and the film that do most of the work, the camera body can be just about any brand you have. I always tell folks that are just starting out, put your money in a good lens and not the camera body.
Digital cameras; well I do use them, however I have found out that quality starts at approximately $1000.00 & up. I personally use a Nikon Coolpix 5000 and before that their 995 & 990. But, if I really want high quality I go back to my film cameras.
OK now, just what is it I seem to see that I find so interesting to photograph at the Grand Canyon other than the Canyon itself.
This will be an on going project as I have a chance to add more things to it. I shall put a new spinning sign in the index page if I add any thing new here.
Let's see what we can see.
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