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  1. #1
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    Need some pointers for upcoming Grand Canyon Trip

    Thats right for a day trip from Las Vegas the first week of June. Taking an early morning air/ground tour with Scenic Airlines so after a fly over of the Canyon we'll be heading out to a few observation areas via a bus. My thinking is we'll probably be at the GC between 10:00AM ~ 2:00PM. So for the worst case scenario of mid afternoon high contrast lighting what suggestions do you guys and gals have for fool proof quality photos.

    Available weapons: Canon A95 and I don't know just yet but maybe either an 350D or D70 also ...

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    Hey,

    If the contrast is too high, try exposing first for 1 important area of the shot, then for the other. Then combine in photoshop and voila! a perfectly exposed photograph. Mind you I have never done this myself but I have seen it done.


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    Two words, wide angle. Get an add-on lens for your A95 that will get you out to 28mm or wider. Last time I was there a graduated nuetral density filter was a nice to have.

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    These tips on landscape photography should serve you well ...

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    I second the grad neutral density filter. I used one with my A80 and my Oly 5050 in a Cokin "A" setup. These go for cheap on Ebay and work really well with the Canon A series...
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    Frankly...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bluedog
    Thats right for a day trip from Las Vegas the first week of June. Taking an early morning air/ground tour with Scenic Airlines so after a fly over of the Canyon we'll be heading out to a few observation areas via a bus. My thinking is we'll probably be at the GC between 10:00AM ~ 2:00PM. So for the worst case scenario of mid afternoon high contrast lighting what suggestions do you guys and gals have for fool proof quality photos.

    Available weapons: Canon A95 and I don't know just yet but maybe either an 350D or D70 also ...

    Thanks
    ...I think your "window of opportunity" isn't going to give you really great results, but I could be wrong. The time of day you'll be there (10 AM - 2 PM) will make for not-so-great shadows in the Canyon, but if you can get down into it via the airplane, you may luck out. My wife and I visited there last year in November. We only spent the mid- to late afternoon there (South Rim), and though it was of course beautiful to see, the place is just too large to capture. The most memorable shots I've seen of the Grand Canyon were taken either at sunup or sundown from the canyon floor, with some really dramatic shadows and lighting effects, not to mention beautiful red rock colors. Good luck, though, your experience may be much better than ours!
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    Thanks a bunch. What all would be needed for the Wide Angle add on Adapter for the A95 and which Filter might be of best choice?
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    I agree totally with John Reed. I've hiked the canyon three times, and the middle of the day is definitely the worst lighting. My advice is to try to hike down a bit from the rim (you don't have to go too far) and take shots of the side of the canyon from down there, preferably with some people in your photo (which shouldn't be too hard as it is usually quite crowded there). Otherwise, use a different camera from the A95 or you just won't capture what you want to.

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    Here's an idea...how about using film. If this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, invest $50 in a decent APS camera. A friend of mine had one for our trip to the Grand Canyon, and her panoramas were amazing!
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    Personally I think that you are seriously short changing yourself spending anything less than two full days at the Grand Canyon. the longer I have spent there the more I have enjoyed it over the years. I just wish that the North Rim was easier to visit in the winter seasons (being closed from Oct-Apriil or so makes it tough). And sometime you have to visit Havasu Falls...

    For short trips to national parks I recommend "AAA National Park Photography" which features suggested locations for those 'classic' photos as well as generally good nature photo advice. It is available from Amazon.

    A few of the shots I took a few years ago used a graduated nuetral density filter. Mainly those on the First Page of my trip.

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