After the sun set, I rested a bit in the Jeep. I actually tried shooting some night images but they didn't work out unfortunately. But the next morning I woke up bright and early to get some images of the sunrise.
The sun rose behind the Desert View tower and I shot this with my Mercury 6x9 and 38mm lens:
As the sun came up I shot a couple rolls of Portra 160 with my Pentax:
It was a pretty amazing morning. But I was tired and had lots more to do so I went home. That's all for the Grand Canyon...can't wait to go back though!
Another month has gone by and I continue to somewhat neglect this blog. Been busy, plus I'm struggling on the direction of this blog and my personal website. This blog superseded my former one due to its region-specific theme, but it was getting pretty good traction in terms of impressions and now this one not so much...so I'm struggling a bit to justify my effort here.
Well anyway, onto some actual photographs. I went to the Grand Canyon again a few days later in relation to the last post and saw the sun set. Here's some images from one of the most popular lookout points:
The more pastel images were on Portra 160, taken with my Mercury 6x9 camera, and the more vivid image was Velvia 50 in my Pentax 67 with 55mm lens.
I got to the GC right at sunset and then afterwords settled in back at Desert View for the night. I shot some images overnight but they didn't turn out unfortunately. The next morning I got up and shot the sunset...but that'll be the next entry! Hopefully not a month from now...
Yesterday morning at 4:30am Meagan and I packed our stuff and headed up into the north Georgia mountains. we had decided to head to Tesnatee Gap and hike up Cowrock Mountain. Having been there before, I knew there was a good southern view for the eclipse. The weather looked fair and I was excited to experience this monumental event.
We luckily found parking and waited till sunrise to hike up the mountain. It was a tough slog as I was carrying several cameras, two tripods, and some huge lenses - my pack was 40+ pounds. Upon arrival we found some folks already there, having camped from the night previous.
I setup for the eclipse, and waited. Here is Meagan posing with my makeshift tarp for shade and my big 500mm f/5.6 Pentax lens:
The eclipse began around 1pm, with the sun slowly being covered:
The light started to get rather strange and we all saw the eclipsed sun in the shadows on the ground:
I took a few pictures of the eclipse viewers on the top of the mountain:
As the sun was approaching totality a bunch of clouds came in. We were getting dismayed that we would miss it.
But then all of the clouds parted and completely disappeared. The big event was coming.
I also shot this image with my film camera:
What an awesome experience! I am still going through some images and video that I shot. Meagan and I are already talking about travelling to the eclipse in 2024. We were lucky to have such a beautiful location to go to and that the weather held out.