Trip of a Lifetime

April 8th 2016

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As a photographer, I find myself browsing hundred of photos daily trying to learn as much as I possibly can and seeing some of the most beautiful and amazing places on earth. At times I wished I lived in cities like New York or Tokyo, where you could go for a walk and have a million of things to photograph. Travel to places like Europe and Asia and see once in a lifetime landscapes that only a few are lucky enough to experience. Fortunately, we have a place a short drive from away from us that many photographers around the world would love a chance to photograph.........The Grand Canyon. As excited as I was to take photos, its hard just to get past the beauty and size of it all. How do you capture the beauty that only your eyes can see? How do you compose a shot when the entire frame is full no matter where you turn? All you can do is try your best and hope that you are able to capture the place and the moment. While talking to a young lady at the front counter of our hotel, I joked about how we had just spent a long day at the Grand Canyon and I preferred to order food to our room instead of go out. She replied "really? Most people that come through here spend like 20 minutes there and then leave." I thought to myself, I wish I could have stayed out there for a few more days. What I did leave with, was a better understanding of why photographers are always pushing the limits to their photography. Its not that I believe that I wont feel accomplished after taking a similar photo to someone else, its more the thought of wanting to see something bigger and better. Can you really get bigger and better than the Grand Canyon? No, but you can take several more trips there and end up with several different photos than the previous trip. We can plan to hike down into the canyon or visit the North Rim which has different views. That's the beauty of photography, there is always something new and exciting to take photos of. I feel truly blessed to have been able to see such an amazing place and I hope that my photographs remind those of you that have been there, how beautiful it is. I also hope that it inspires those of you who haven't been there, to get out there and see it while you still can. I am happy to share some of my favorite shots from the Grand Canyon, you can also see more at our Facebook page where you can leave comments or questions. (credit Stephanie Sutton for the photo above)

Sunrise at the Grand Canyon

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