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Contender Sandeep Thomas

2014 American Landscape Contest Contender Sandeep Thomas was surprised by his view to photograph when he took his dream trip to the Grand Canyon

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Photographer: Sandeep Thomas

Location: Yaki Point, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

When did you take this photograph? November 29th, 2013

Equipment: Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED, LEE 0.6 ND Hard Grad, Vanguard Alta Pro 283 CT tripod, Arca-Swiss P0 tripod head, Slidefix L-bracket

The story behind the shot:
We had driven all day, reached Grand Canyon National Park and spent Thanksgiving Day shooting some famous views of the park. I had heard that the Yaki Point is one of the best locations to shoot sunrise and we reached early morning at the location to see clouds pouring into the Canyon. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed that I could not see the canyon at all, and thought that this was a pretty common condition during winter. But I decided to make lemonade and kept on shooting. Only after we returned to the visitor center did we realize that what we saw was a pretty rare weather phenomenon. It was pure luck of being at the right place at the right time even though I didn't know it then.

Did you use any special techniques in-camera or in post-processing?
This shot was taken in portrait mode and then created by stitching a series of images together. I also used HDR bracketing to get the exposure just right.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
Ever since finding an old brochure of the park in my Dad's bundle of books once he returned from the US, I was obsessed with the desert landscape of the Grand Canyon. Growing up near a tropical rainforest the desert landscapes and colorful Navajo sandstones was an unbelievable concept. I finally got the opportunity to visit the National Park after being in the US for 7+ years and it was as if the canyon stored her best for us. This was a dream come true in many ways and I am glad I was there to witness this stunningly beautiful scene in perfect light.


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