I spent a week in the Grand Canyon with my daughter on a river trip. The weather was stellar and the water was clear all the way down. For those of you who have gone down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon know that after the little Colorado comes in the river typically goes chocolate brown. Fortunately, the little colorado river was the renowned blue/white color just as havasu river was. We had 13 other people with us so I was a bit limited to what I was able to photograph and how much time I could spent at a location.
Typically, once we reached camp I grabbed my camera gear and scrambled around looking for compositions. I wish we could have stopped at all the amazing side canyons where grottos and waterfalls hide in reflected light. This is my sixth time down the grand, and I must say this time of year is without a doubt the best time to go down. The water is clear, the people are few, the wildflowers are out, and the temperatures are splendid! I have been thinking about a photography workshop in the Grand Canyon for years. Think of it, a trip that was catered to photographers where we would stop at key points when the light is just right, spending our day time in deep side canyons capturing waterfalls and golden streams, then camping at locations where we could maximize the sunset and sunrise experience where the canyon may open up a bit allowing views of the river leading into crimson canyon walls. All you do is photograph, and the guides cook 5 star meals for you and get you to all the great locations. I know just where I would want to be and when. Who’s with me? All I need is 17 brave souls who want the adventure of a lifetime and come away with some amazing images.
Anyway I’m getting to my photographs and as before I am offering another free first edition 15×20 matted photograph of the image you see on the right. All you have to do is guess how many exposures I made on a 6 night 7 day trip down the Colorado! You wouldn’t think a humming bird would be the one picked out for a photograph representing the Grand Canyon. As often happens, I was out and about trying to find some “Grand Canyon” photographs after reaching camp, but found some bees humming around an ocotillo tree in bloom. Upon further exploration I noticed a humming bird flying around. I figured there was no way I could get a shot of this “gal” with her quick moves and jittery actions. Unless you are set up at a bird feeder of some sort or are prefocused on a particular blooming flower waiting for a humming bird to land, it is nearly impossible to get a sharp image. I noticed her landing on this dead limb a couple different times so I put on my 300mm and pre-focused waiting for her to land again. Sure enough, she landed on it but was turned the other way. I clicked off a couple of shots when she flew away again, but after about 5 minutes or so she landed on the same branch again, but this time she was facing me. I couldn’t even see this marvelous purple fuchsia color ornamental drapery wrapped around her neck the first time she landed. The soft light, and the river background was the perfect conditions to capture the rich colors. I had to shoot at ISO 800 wide open at f4 at about 160th of a second with my 300, but I did have a tripod. The closing date for guessing will be May 15.