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Some of the photos I took from the Grand Canyon hiking trip I took with fellow OT members Coby (ckk1106), Bill (billyburl2), and Bill's son, Mike in Jan. We hiked from the South Rim to Phantom Ranch and back on the Bright Angel Trail, spending 2 nights at Phantom Ranch. Fantastic trip!

All pics taken with my Nikon D800 and a combination of Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 and Zeiss Distagon 25mm f/2 lenses.
















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Great pics! It was a awesome trip!
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Holy Crap, those turned out awesome Ted!!!   Excellent
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Absolutely beautiful shots Ted.
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Very nice Ted.  Looks like a lot of fun.
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Spectacular Ted, what are the rock cairns in the one pic.

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If it's the pic I think you're referring to, with the chain connecting multiple cairns, that is a corral of sorts at Phantom Ranch. I'm not entirely certain how the corral is used, as I never saw it in use, but I suspect the mule wranglers use it for some sort of demonstrations for Phantom Ranch visitors. Mule teams arrive daily to bring visitors and supplies, and carry out mail, gear, etc. You can see the mules traveling along a trail next to the Colorado River in one of the pics.

The stream seen in several pics is Bright Angel Creek. It runs into the Colorado River near the trail entrance to Phantom Ranch, where there are two suspension bridges crossing the Colorado.
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Thanks for the explanation, again great pics.
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Actually, the more I think about it, I'm betting that corral is probably used for loading and unloading visitors to Phantom Ranch arriving by mule and their gear. It is a round corral, like what has traditionally been used for breaking horses. Here is another view of it. Notice the "Phantom Ranch Welcomes You" sign, which is what makes me think this is the drop off and saddle-up point for visitors arriving by mule.




There are only 2 ways to get to Phantom Ranch -- either hike or ride down there by mule. All food and supplies the Phantom Ranch crew uses is carried down there by mules. Phantom Ranch is located next to the confluence of Bright Angel Creek and the Colorado River, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. At dinner the first evening, the folks who worked at the Phantom Ranch chow hall told us that less than 1% of all Grand Canyon visitors ever go to Phantom Ranch. It's a really cool place with a lot of history. One of the historical signs there said that Theodore Roosevelt stayed at PR on a hunting trip he took to the North Rim.
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Speaking of the suspension bridges crossing the Colorado River, below is a pic of Bill and his son Mike as we were crossing the "Silver Bridge" on our trek down to Phantom Ranch. The Silver Bridge connects to the Bright Angel Trail.



Here is a pic of Coby fishing on the Colorado, near the confluence of Bright Angel Creek, and you can see the other suspension bridge in the distance in the background. This bridge connects to the South Kaibab Trail.



The Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails are the two hiking trails to Phantom Ranch from the South Rim. According to the signs, it's a little over 10 miles from the South Rim to PR on the Bright Angel Trail, and something like 8 miles on the South Kaibab. However, some of the veteran hikers I talked to at PR told me the signs are a bit off, and the actual distance is more like 12 miles. My rubbery legs upon arrival agreed with the latter assessment!
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All but 2 of the pics I took this year were of views down "in" the canyon, rather than the traditional pics of the canyon everyone typically sees. The reason I only took 2 pics of views from the rim is because I took so many rim pics last year and because we had a lot of hiking ahead of us and had to hurry to make sure we made it to Phantom Ranch in time for dinner.

Here are a few of the pics I took last year during New Year's week, 2013 that include some of the traditional "rim" views. It was MUCH colder last year! I took these pics with a Nikon D7000, using Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 and Zeiss 100mm f/2 lenses...
















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It's amazing how dramatically the colors change in the canyon depending on the angle of the sun and the environmental conditions. Since so much of the canyon walls is granite, you see a lot of red, pink, and blue. Right before sundown, it turns purple, and early in the morning at dawn, the canyon literally glows in a brilliant golden orange. It's so colorful, it's almost surreal!

I'm so glad I had an opportunity to take these trips and see so much of the canyon that most visitors never see, and I can't thank Coby enough for being such a great host and guide!
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Nice photos! Thanks for sharing.
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Awesome Pictures !!!!  Thanks for sharing, Ted Super
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Ted, you never cease to amaze me! Excellent captures bro.
 
Are you using filters on the lense or is that post processing?
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I used a circular polarizer filter on some of the really bright conditions, i.e. during the mid-day or those with snow, to bring out contrast and keep parts of the scene from being over-exposed. In the pic with the motion blur on the creek, I used an ND filter to slow shutter speed to give the sense of movement in the water. I shot all pics in RAW, so post-processing is required. I used Lightroom for everything. Because of the very challenging light conditions through most of the day (exposing for the foreground overexposed the background and vice-versa, due to extreme contrast between intense sunlight and  dark shadows), post processing steps to bring out distant detail in blown highlights and/or dark shadows (adjusting the "highlights" and "shadows" sliders) is mandatory.

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What density and reduction are the ND filter(s) you're using to make the water motion blur?


A lot of these pics look almost 3D like.  Cool
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Mike, I used a Hoya 4-stop neutral density filter for the water blur. Don't remember what shutter speed I was using at the time, but it was at least 1/4 sec if not slower @ ISO 100. Normally, slow shutter speed like that requires a tripod to maintain sharpness in surrounding details, but I didn't have my tripod at the time, so that was actually a handheld shot, which made it challenging! It's a testament to how well the vibration reduction on the lens works!
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It came out nice!

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Great pictures. Thanks for showing..
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ExcellentExcellentExcellent  Absolutely awesome pictures, Ted. I don't know anything about photography, but these pictures match or exceed any I've seen of the Canyon.      Kudos, Sir!!!   ExcellentExcellentBandito
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I can't believe I missed this until now!!!! 

God's handiwork in all it's glory!! Outstanding!! I'm at a loss for words! 
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