Notes from the field

/Notes from the field

Adam’s notes and commentary on what went into the creation of his photographs of the Grand Canyon and the rest of the American West.

Reflection in Silver Grotto

Warm Light, Cool Water The canyon walls of Marble Canyon reflect in a pool of water deep within the narrows of Silver Grotto. Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. This image, titled Marble Reflecting in Silver, is available as a fine art print on traditional photographic paper and as a Luxe acrylic [...]

Reflection in Silver Grotto 2017-11-15T11:29:15+00:00

Lightning Storm at the Grand Canyon

Monsoon at the Grand Canyon The magic of the monsoon season at the Grand Canyon is something that has to be experienced first-hand to truly appreciate. The normally dry desert air becomes moist with humidity, the temperature drops, and the atmosphere fills with electricity. Storms seem to build-up out of nowhere [...]

Lightning Storm at the Grand Canyon 2017-11-11T08:30:24+00:00

Photographing Sunrise at the Grand Canyon

Photographing sunrise at the Grand Canyon can be a challenging affair, and it takes many elements coming together to create a successfully image. I like to start with a location that allows me to have overlapping features in the landscape and a foreground that can catch some golden light. Next, having some clouds definitely helps, but we still need a gap [...]

Photographing Sunrise at the Grand Canyon 2017-11-01T15:21:41+00:00

Light on the Colorado River

Sunlight breaks through a summer thunderstorm illuminating the Colorado River. Captured during the monsoon season from the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Title: Light on the River Date: July 2011 Camera& Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark II & 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Exposure: 0.3 seconds at f/11, ISO 100.

Light on the Colorado River 2017-11-01T16:02:48+00:00

Happy 96th Birthday to Grand Canyon National Park!

Today, February 26th, Grand Canyon National Park celebrates the anniversary of its designation as a national park. So...Happy Birthday to Grand Canyon National Park, and thank you to everyone that has been a part of protecting and preserving this wonderful place! Title: Warm Summer Light Date: July 2012 Camera& Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III & 16-35mm f/2.8L [...]

Happy 96th Birthday to Grand Canyon National Park! 2017-11-01T16:03:25+00:00

Early Morning Light in Slickhorn Canyon

Located far downstream of the tiny town of Mexican Hat, Utah, on the San Juan River is  Slickhorn Canyon.  Located almost in the middle-of-nowhere, and not far from where the San Juan flows into Lake Powell, Slickhorn is only accessible via a very long backpacking trip, or by rafting the San Juan. I arrived at Slickhorn via raft 3 days after [...]

Early Morning Light in Slickhorn Canyon 2017-11-01T16:03:31+00:00

Morning at Moran Point

Today, February 12th, would have been Thomas Moran's birthday. Moran was an American painter and printmaker of the Hudson River School in New York. Moran said of the Grand Canyon "Of all places on earth the great canyon of Arizona is the most inspiring in its pictorial possibilities." In honor of Moran and his work [...]

Morning at Moran Point 2017-11-01T16:03:42+00:00

Grand Canyon Chasing the Sun

The Colorado River has been and is a major force when it comes to shaping the Grand Canyon, and yet the river is only visible from a few select points along the rim of the canyon. Still hard at work, the river has dug a deep channel and is often obscured from view by the [...]

Grand Canyon Chasing the Sun 2017-11-01T16:03:48+00:00

Horseshoe Bend, The Edge of Autumn

Standing on the edge of the Horseshoe Bend overlook 1000 feet above the Colorado River is a rush. The river, meandering below,  reflects the deep blues of the sky above as the first rays of the morning sun paint the distant canyon wall in hues of gold and red. At my feet are the first signs of autumn. [...]

Horseshoe Bend, The Edge of Autumn 2017-11-01T16:03:57+00:00

Grand Canyon – Electric Sunset

Sitting on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Sunlight strikes the cliffs and warms the rocks as a gentle breeze spills over the rim into the canyon. In the distance is the faint sound of the rushing waters of the mighty Colorado River, still hard at work carving the grandest of canyons. It's moments like this [...]

Grand Canyon – Electric Sunset 2017-11-01T16:04:51+00:00