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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

Mount Hayden at Sunrise - Grand Canyon N.P. 7-19-07

Artists often use a technique called Atmospheric Perspective to create a feeling of depth by depicting distant objects in hazy details and faded colors and tones. In this photograph, Mount Hayden, which is actually a butte, is side-lit by the Golden Hour sunshine, giving it the appearance of facing left into the photograph. The atmospheric perspective is obvious in the background buttes that roll gently from right to left, creating a repeating visual rhythm until they eventually disappear in the morning haze. Taken at Imperial Point, Grand Canyon National Park. Canon 20D f/22 0.5sec. ISO 100 28-200mm lens @28mm 5:56 AM To see a larger version of this photograph, click here.

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