Photographing the Grand Canyon

Posted by ryanjackson on May 17, 2013 in photos, Ryan's Life |

A bunch of my friends, including myself, turned 30 this year so we planned a group trip to Vegas in May.
We wanted to do more than just party on the strip so we decided to spend a day hiking the Grand Canyon.

We rented a big SUV for the drive. It should have only taken us four hours to drive from Vegas to the Grand Canyon but we got lost several times and it ended up taking eight hours!
None of us had data on our iPhones because of expensive roaming charges so we couldn’t use Google Maps to direct us.
The lesson we learned is to buy a real paper map whenever you are traveling and also to get a Pay as you Go Wi-Fi travel hub

Here are some of my favorite photos of the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon.  This is a great intermediate trail with lots of beautiful scenery that you can easily do in one day.

All shot with a Panasonic GH3 and kit lens which is a great travel camera.

I shot five different bracketed exposures and then blended the five pictures together using PhotoMatix Pro to make HDR images with a more saturated and intense look.
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Pictures can’t truly capture the Grand Canyon. You have to see it for yourself!

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