Monday, February 10, 2014

Contender Mark Brodkin

American Landscape Contest Contender Mark Brodkin’s risk was rewarded with a unique composition of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

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Photographer: Mark Brodkin

Location: Grand Canyon, North Rim, Arizona

When did you take the photograph? April 28, 2012

Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens, Lee ND .9 Graduated Soft Filter, Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 tripod, Really Right Stuff BH-40 ballhead

The story behind the shot:
This was the first light at the Grand Canyon. Probably the most terrifying shooting location I have ever experienced. In order to get this shot, I had to set up my tripod on a tiny rock platform with a straight drop of over 1,500 feet in each direction. If I wasn't completely taken by the view, I wouldn't have lasted more that a second. When I first set up my tripod the scene was quite dark. Then, slowly, the sun crept higher painting the North Rim with warm light. It was certainly one of the most beautiful mornings I have experienced.

Did you use any special techniques in-camera or in post-processing?
I shot this with an ND Grad filter to hold back the strong light coming from the east.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
I have shot all across North America and continue to be drawn to the American Southwest. There is something about the color of the landscape and the quality of the light that calls to me. The Grand Canyon is unquestionably one of the most incredible subjects I have ever shot. It is bold and beautiful. Inviting and a foreboding. An iconic symbol of the American Southwest.


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