Sep 25

South Rim Sunset

Category: Arizona

Along the vein of sunset pictures, here are some from an evening trip to the south rim of the grand canyon. From Flagstaff, you can leave at 2 PM, drive through the Kaibab forest and get there at about 3:30 to drive around before you watch the sunset, then drive home through the desert in the twilight. The best way is to go in through the west entrance where grand canyon village sits, because most people are staying there and are going towards it while you’re driving away from it.  As the sun sets there will be fewer and fewer people at the eastern extent of the canyon.

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  1. talkingtostones September 25th, 2009 10:43 PM

    Dan — You captured some beautiful photos here. We saw the sunset there as well, on one of our AZ visits — but had a really difficult time capturing any of it, let alone the gradations of shadows. I love the tower photo and the one of the tall rock with the great clouds behind it. Interesting angle on the first and great light/clouds in the second. One of these days, we’re going to have to talk about what camera equipment you use! (Because, of course, it’s surely insufficiently good equipment that is the cause of my insufficiently good photos. :>)

  2. Dan September 25th, 2009 11:45 PM

    A graduated neutral density filter is my best tool for sunset photos. It helps to balance the sky with the stuff below the horizon. That and a tripod. And then, expose for the brightest thing you want to stand out. Probably not the sun itself, but some clouds nearby, unless there is a lot of haze to stop the sun down – as in the petrified forest images. Then you can actually expose for the disk of the sun. But, that is very rare.

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