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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Entries Tagged as 'Arizona'

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

March 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Sometimes to get better photographs you need to move just a few steps to the left or right. Sometimes you need to take more drastic action, like lying down in the dirt where the mushrooms and flowers are. And sometimes you need to climb above it all to see its sweeping beauty.

That’s what I had to do today to capture digital images of the Grand Canyon that are good enough to do it justice. I flew over its spectacular scenery for an hour in a helicopter. As soon as I found out that I could take a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon I knew that I had to do it.

My one previous helicopter flight over Kauai showed me incredible scenery that I never could have seen on the ground. Today’s flight was just as special.
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Posted in: Arizona, Photography

Grand Canyon

March 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Yesterday I returned to the Grand Canyon after an absence of more than 40 years. I came here the first time when I was on home leave between assignments in Kenya and Malawi for the American foreign aid program. Even after all that time, the Grand Canyon looked familiar.

It is, of course, the most famous, most beautiful, and most spectacular hole in the ground anywhere. The Grand Canyon is also one of the most photographed places on earth. It would probably rate high on any list of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World.”

Like all landscapes, photographing the Grand Canyon is a matter of timing. It looks best the first thing in the morning and the last thing in the evening. But even then it is a difficult subject to pose because of the shadows of the canyon walls often block the sun from the river.
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Posted in: Arizona