Afternoon at the Black Canyon

Here is another one of my shots from my trip to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  It’s not of the canyon itself, per se.. there are lots of interesting things to take pictures of on the rim of the canyon.  We just don’t have gnarly little trees here in the verdant Midwest – so I love taking pictures of them.  There was a high wind from the right side of the frame when I took this shot – so it was difficult to get three bracketed shots off in the brief pauses between gusts.    Fortunately, I was able to catch a 15-second break right when the light was perfect.  To minimize motion blur across the three exposures, I had to boost the ISO to 800 to get faster exposures.

Vital Stats: Canon 5D Mark II w/Canon 17-40 f/4L @24mm  ISO 800, f/23, 3 exposures centered around 1/20 sec.

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3 Responses to “Afternoon at the Black Canyon”

  1. Jon Cornforth October 19, 2009 at 10:08 am #

    I would have liked to see the motion blur from 1 single image. That would have only been 1/15sec at f16, ISO 100 with a polarizer. More contrast & saturation. Set a white & black point?

  2. Jon Cornforth October 19, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    It’s a nice picture by the way. Maybe you could have Cornforthed the foreground manky bush?

  3. Mark October 19, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    Yeah, I can cook up one of the single images to see how that looks. Agreed abou the Cornforthing – but that manky bush was firmly rooted and pretty big. It was sort of a drive-by picture with Dad getting crabby about leaving – so I had to do what I could.

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