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Dawn of Time

By CraigBill    
One of the gems of the Grand Canyon is Toroweap. This dramatic landscape is where the Grand Canyon narrows into a deep 3000 foot deep scar in the Earth’s surface. Other more accessible and popular points in the Grand Canyon are found mostly on the Southern edges where the canyonscape is more spread out and terraced. In fact, rarely do you see the Colorado River from those view points. But in Toroweap, the river is on display thousands of feet below, stretching East to West.

I wanted to get the sunrise over this point of Toroweap. I had seen from other photographs that beautiful pinks and cool blue colors were present, and I wanted to showcase these hues along with the early morning stars. To get this image right, I had to set up and sleep on and off all night to get the exposures that would make this possible. That night was not comfortable! The wind kicked up bad and my tent was close enough to the edge where my camera was that I kept dreaming that I was blown over the edge! Yep, no sleep.

“Dawn of Time”, despite the late night weather, was made possible by fusing three time slices together. First, I captured the stars in the dark sky above before any hint of dawn glow began. Then patiently I waited until just before sunrise to expose the landscape with just the right amount of extended shutter to “burn” in all the beautiful cool canyon colors. And finally just as the sun broke the horizon, catch the sun flare and warm colors as the sunlight poured over the canyon scene before it became too bright.

Tags: Sunrise Panoramic Grand canyon Pano Landscape and travel Toroweap

Voters: Monochrome2004, Toobi_Won, rontear and 28 more


Toobi_Won 8 77 7 England
26 Aug 2019 12:07AM
I really don't know,Craig, what I enjoy the most, looking at your images or reading about the "fun" you have whist taking them.Smile
Absolutely stunning, a shot from the dawn of creation!

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26 Aug 2019 12:23AM
You put so much planning into your shots, and the results are always high quality.
Lots of work has gone into this image but the result is stunning Smile.
Well done Craig SmileSmileSmile

cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 29 Northern Ireland
26 Aug 2019 8:47AM
Impressive 😁
RLF Plus
9 18 4 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2019 10:24AM
Distant stars top left and our star top rightSmile
Gorgeous rock formations and coloursTongue
26 Aug 2019 11:54AM
rontear Plus
16 19 8 England
26 Aug 2019 12:05PM
Well worth you exposure (in more ways than one !!) Craig, My award for perseverance !!
barrywebb 13 44 7 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2019 10:18PM
Another amazing location superbly captured.

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