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Ansel Adams once said that a true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words. He then went one to write volumes about his photographs, and he would apparently talk about them to anyone who would listen. So much for pithy quotes. Since this is my blog, I will ignore Ansel Adams, and I will use this space to share the stories behind some of my favorite photographs: what I saw when I created the images, how the photos came to be, and why they are important to me. Consider this a behind-the-scenes look at my creative process. If you like what you see here, please visit my photography website: RobertBurnsPhotography.com

Monday, July 5, 2010

Grand Canyon Light and Shadow 7-16-07

As a photographer, I am drawn to contrast, which is basically the difference in light intensity between the darkest shadows and the brightest highlights.  In this photo, the contrast is not quite as intense as it is in those photos taken closer to sunrise or sunset.  Here the sun is almost directly overhead, which would typically render the light dull and flat. But the overlying clouds cast shadows on the canyon floor, resulting in a dappled pattern that adds drama and interest. Canon 20D f/22 1/25 sec. ISO 100 28-200mm lens @110mm To see a larger version of this photograph, click here.

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