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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

Sunrise at Grand Canyon 7-17-07

There is nothing that I have ever seen that matches the light show in the floor of the Grand Canyon at sunrise. In a matter of moments, the canyon goes from total blackness to a spectacular display of light and shadow. Once it gets started, it changes so rapidly that it is hard to keep up. On this morning, I would often find a compelling subject and establish my composition, only to see the light move to another place before I could capture the scene. But when one door closed, two more would open, and there was no shortage of great shots. Here the repeated diagonal patterns of the eroded buttes is broken up by the uneven lighting of the morning sun. Canon 20D f/22 0.4 sec. ISO 100 28-200mm lens @100mm To see a larger version of this photograph, click here.

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