Hi everyone and welcome to today’s post. My apologies to all my visitors for a slowdown in my posts. I have been quite busy in a few other endeavors and needed to take a small break from the pace. Today’s image is a shot from the Horseshoe Bend Overlook located just outside of Page, Arizona. Next to Toroweap, on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend ranks in my top 5 places to visit in the US. It is simply unbelievable. The sheer exposure you feel while walking along the canyon rim is nauseating.
On the day I shot this image I was nearly 15 miles away shooting in the Wahweap Hoodoos when I noticed a band of clouds moving in. Based on the direction of movement I knew they would be sitting right over Horseshoe Bend. I raced out of Wahweap and made the 4 mile hike to the car in record time ( at least for an old guy). Then it was a race to the parking area outside of Page and another hike in to the overlook. I made it in time and sure enough the clouds were radiating out over the canyon. The light was soft and beautiful. I have shot the classic image of the canyon showing the full turn of the Colorado River around the butte but lately I have been working on a series of images featuring more of the canyon rim as part of the composition. I think this helps provide an entry point into the shot as well as a more dynamic foreground element. Along with the clouds, the foreground rocks and the angular direction of the river creates a series of dynamic lines that add visual interest.
I used a 4-stop Singh-Ray split neutral density filter to balance the exposure. The image was processed in Adobe Lightroom and exported to Photoshop for the final layer work.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Hozógo nasádo (Navajo): Walk in Beauty