Shortly after we left the shelter of the gift shop/cafeteria (to escape the blizzard) and began to drive to our hotel, the sun started to peek out and we caught our first glimpse of the Grand Canyon.
We pulled into a viewing area and I just couldn’t get past the trees. They were so absolutely gorgeous with their twisted trunks, rough bark, and snowy branches.
I knew that the lighting was perfect and that the snow was soon going to melt so I slowed down and took dozens of shots, all the while exclaiming how beautiful it was. But the excitement was building as we inched our way closer and closer to the rim… more photos to come later!
I was using my new Nikon D7100 with the 55-105mm lens for the first time! I’m pretty excited about it! I did a lot of thinking about which camera I wanted. I looked at full sensors but decided the cost was just too prohibitive and not necessary for my needs. The D7100 is a 24.1-MP DX-format CMOS sensor and shoots up to 6 fps. I also bought the 55-105mm lens which will enable me to take a wider range of photos without having to change out the lenses constantly.
I sharpened the photos, adjusted the exposure, then bumped up the blues and greens a wee bit–that’s it…
So far, I’m quite pleased. I cropped the last image to within an inch of it’s life and I think the detail is still pretty amazing.
love these! assume you applied some sort of effect to them to make them so ‘painterly’. :) your new camera sounds awesome! wow! 24 mp!
Barbara Hurst says
these are awesome Barb, you really hit the Grand at a great time with the snow. I think the Grand looks it’s best when there is weather. Awesome totally awesome.
Those trees look almost cartoonish or something out of a fantasy/sci-fi movie. Wow, what sights you saw. Impressive.
These shots are fantastic! What I like the most is the uniqueness of the shots. When you see pictures of the Grand Canyon they are always the same but I love how you caught the snow covered trees. So great!
Deanna@Snippets from Springdale says
Oh these are simply beautiful….lovin’ those Grand Canyon images, so unique!! Hmmm, so you got the new 7100…considering it,but have the 7000 and don’t know if it is much of an upgrade for me. Sure would have liked to meet up with you while in Phoenix, but it just didn’t work, maybe next time.
Wow! These are absolutely beautiful photos! So sharp and stunning! Yay on the new camera!!
These look great!!! Images look crisp, bright, and razor sharp. I may need some lessons soon!