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24 August 2008 @ 10:27 am
The south rim of the Grand Canyon - part 1  
Like I said in my previous post, the the south rim of the Grand Canyon is more crowded. The reason could be easier accessibility and good facilities year round, but the reason could also be that the views are much grander! The magnitude of this place is just unimaginable until you see it for yourself. I was there midweek and it was still very crowded, with people and cars everywhere, and after you've seen the place, you know why the millions go there each year to see one of the greatest sights the natural world has to offer - welcome to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

The vista from "Desert View"

Please drive carefully - Mountain Lions crossing! :)

Before we reach the Grand Canyon south rim from the east entrance, we come across a slightly less grander canyon carved out by the Little Colorado river. (the curve isn't natural and it is because of the fish-eye lens I used to take the photograph)

The Little Colorado River

More of the canyon cut by the Little Colorado river

The plateau with the canyon

The Desert. As seen from the "Desert View" viewpoint

The Desert View. And I see the Colorado river in the Grand Canyon for the first time

The spectacular Desert View

Around Desert View

People at the viewpoint. That's like 0.01% of the people at the viewpoint that day! :-)

The Grand Canyon! The Colorado river is dwarfed by the canyon it created!

Layers of Rock.

As the sun goes down, the magical light graces the Canyon walls

Magical. Isn't it?

The sun's almost down

People gather around the viewpoints to catch the magnificent show

The last light of the day

kejnkejn on August 24th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
the grand canyon must be one of the hardest places on earth to display in a satisfactory way on photographs. and, no surprise, you do it well!

i liked comparing the fish eye version of the "little" canyon with the other pic of it. what an amazing contraption that lens must be. :-) did you ever post a pic of the lens itself? i'm curious to see what it looks like on your camera.

fun also to see some people in the pics for once. not that i miss seeing people in your other splendid landscape images but in the "people at the viewpoint" pic at least they serve a purpose; they convey the grand attraction of the canyon and the picture would lack something if they weren't there.
Yathinyathin on August 24th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Here's how the fisheye lens looks like on the camera:

IdahoSwedeidahoswede on August 24th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
My dear friend, you are so talented.
Ruth: Birdlaruth on August 24th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Just gorgeous. I can't wait to get to this place in November!

By the way, what other lens are you using besides the fisheye? Are you doing panoramic shots?
Yathinyathin on August 24th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
I guess this place is going to look quite different in November with traces of snow and perhaps cleaner air.

I use the Nikon 17-55 f2.8 DX lens along with the fisheye lens for wide angle photographs.
Yathinyathin on August 24th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
and I'm not doing panoramic photography. The fisheye does that brilliantly.
mamtanaidumamtanaidu on August 25th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
I have an urge to visit this myself :(