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Grand Canyon – Color

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I shot a few rolls of color film as we continued our loop around the whole of the Grand Canyon. These first couple¬†are from just northeast of the canyon, I think in Hopi Buttes. One of the latest theories of Grand Canyon formation is that water filled this whole area – an inland lake dubbed Hopi Lake. The natural dam that held the water back eventually failed, all that 500-some-odd cubic miles of water then carved out the canyon, and probably created the Colorado River at the same time. That was Steve’s favorite theory, anyway.

Might have been my favorite cliffs of the whole trip.



Filming on the rim was pretty interesting. It’s government policy that any film crew must be accompanied by an escort of some sort. So we got a fairly green ranger. We expected a bit of trouble, scientists coming around talking theories that don’t comport with the standard line. Evidently, Steve’s been kicked out before. But all was quiet.




The crew stuck around into the late afternoon before heading off to the next location, shooting b-roll of the canyon. Once I’d run out of digital media, I just walked the southern rim a bit and shot with the AE-1. Since we needed to drive a good 3 hours or so after we finished, we had to leave before the sun had fully set. Which I deeply regret.






I’ve got another half roll somewhere undeveloped of our time in the Western Canyon. We hiked out 3 or 4 miles to see a fossil bed. I vaguely remember shooting some photos on the hike back out, but it would seem that roll is floating around in the ether. Maybe I’ll find it.

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March 21, 2016 at 9:47 am

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Grand Canyon – B/W

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I’ve logged a good few miles for work over the last 6 months shooting for a documentary. We’re going to some really awesome locations, too, so not taking a personal camera was NOT an option. All my medium format cameras were way too big to throw¬†into the already over-full video camera bag, so I thought it would be a good time to see if I still enjoyed shooting 35mm.

I had gotten my Canon AE-1 repaired not too long ago to take on the Roan Highland backpacking trip, so that was the weapon of choice. The sound guy, who is also an Assistant Director, was pretty excited to see someone still shooting film. He’s shot more rolls than he could count back when he was learning how to do more than just location sound. Our camera guy was not as enthusiastic. I think I started to realize how much of an anomaly I am working in a digital video industry.

But we flew in to Las Vegas and drove all the way around the Grand Canyon with our scientist, stopping at various locations to interview him. All in all, a successful 5-day 900 mile road trip. First roll was b/w. Color to follow.


We stopped often so Steve, the scientist, could teach us something. Above, he is explaining the formation of the Red Wall Limestone at a random road cut. Evidently these are great places to go rock and fossil hunting, if not the safest place…


Most of our driving was along state routes, but we did a number of off-road trips. We were in minivans. Zero clearance minivans. But we never got stuck, though I’d be lying if I said anxiety wasn’t an issue that whole time.


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March 9, 2016 at 9:48 pm

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