(Before you get reading, this is the last image in the #blackandwhitechallenge)
They say it happens about once a decade….
The entire Grand Canyon immersed in fog.
Last year in October, Denali and I packed up and headed on a road trip.
Our home on the Navajo Reservation is about 2 hours North of the Grand Canyon.
That week, my father called me and said the weather was going to get super foggy and that it might be “cool” to check out the Grand Canyon. (I think it was a way for him to hang out with Denali….)
(Denali ready to go….)
Where you would normally see the Canyon and river, was just a blanket of fog.
While we were waiting around, I took this video of Denali.
His reaction to the fog and weather was priceless. You gotta see it:
We spent a few days at the South Rim, hung out in Flagstaff during the day and ultimately, the sun finally came out of the fog the last day we were there.
I had to get back to Utah for a few meetings and I was hoping some light would squeeze through.
I had known the exposure values would be off the charts from very low to very high.
We hiked out a ways, set up and played with rocks, sticks and pine cones.
Then finally the light came out and it was just beautiful.
I took the following image using my Fuji 617 Medium Format Panoramic camera with Ilford Delta 100 Black and White film. There wasn’t much color in the canyon from the fog hanging above so I figured to load some Ilford film.
I look forward to taking the film into the darkroom and seeing what it looks like around 55″ in length. I titled the image “Grand Light”.
One additional and critical tool I used was a Singh-Ray 3 stop Graduated Neutral Density Soft Stop Filter. The filter allowed to decrease the exposure values on the bottom of the image so the slits of light can be better seen.
I’m happy the image came out and it was the only exposure I took from the Fuji 617 camera while on that trip. Using film has really allowed me to understand and know the process of being selective.
“Grand Light” was a great experience like most of my images because I had Denali not far from me. Thank goodness he likes pine cones. That can keep a kid busy!
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