The Grand Falls

(click on the image to see it full size or at least fit your screen for we with smaller resolutions)

Saturday a bunch of us, including photographers, wives and my little girl, all ventured up to northern Arizona to see the annual, gorgeous display at Grand Falls. The Falls don’t flow all year for the most part, they are the result of snow melt in the early spring or flash floods during major rainstorms.

I need to get to bed and have an early, early Monday morning trip to Vegas where I’ll be all week, but I wanted to post this shot from our trip. The day was absolutely perfect except for some very windy conditions. The clouds were magnificent and the skies a dark, rich blue. I don’t know what it is about northern Arizona, but with the clarity and richness in those skies, a circular polarizer is your best friend.

Lots more to come from the trip…including a gorgeous sunset and some high-def video of the Falls themselves, so you out-of-state-ers can get a better idea of the size and scale of this place. It’s absolutely a must-see.

(exif: canon eos 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/10, iso 100, 1/125sec, circular polarizer)

  • Mark Garbowski

    Neat call going vertical on what would seem to be a perfect landscape orientated shot. You still got the width you need while giving a great sense of the vertical scale.

  • Chris Nitz

    Man, you all came away with some spectacular shots from this area. I like the use of b/w on this shot as it really brings out some of the details of the sky, ground, and falling water. Cool shot!!

  • Scott Webb | Nuwomb

    Nice black and white image! Love the expansive sky and I look forward to seeing the video of the Falls!!

  • Heath O’Fee

    Great shot, Mike. Can’t wait to see the video…these falls look absolutely epic.

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  • Steve Beal

    Vegas baby! Gorgeous shot, great play with light/shadow, and a crazy sky!

  • Jesse

    I would kill to shoot here. You nailed this shot. Filter love.

  • Tobias George

    Amazing shot! Love the sky. Looking forward to more.

  • Brian Matiash

    What a spectacular view! Nice choice going with b/w and letting the tones do all the talking. Wish I could have joined. One day, perhaps.

  • Jerry Denham

    Incredible image, Mike.

  • Scott Ackerman

    Amazing shot! Those falls look amazing. Had no clue they were so big!

  • Brian Furbush

    What a stunning vista – you rocked this shot Mike!

  • Chris Lazzery

    Wow! What an amazing place. Nice b/w processing here.

  • Jan Winther

    Holy Crap….what a spectacular shot!!! I spend quite a few minutes on this one.
    I wish I had shot that.

  • Justin

    Wow, what a place. Can you swim there?

  • Scott Wood

    I really like the black and white treatment. Thanks again for turning me on to this place. Already planning shots for our next visit.

  • Randy Bayne

    Great choice to go vertical. Really get a good sense of the expanse.

  • Dave Wilson

    Now that’s quite some view! I had not heard of Grand Falls before reading this but it definitely looks like it would be worth adding to the increasingly long list of cool Arizona places I need to visit some day.

  • Dave

    An excellent shot, looks great in mono. Top notch work Mike! 🙂

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Stunning… absolutely stunning! The B&W is perfect here. Really nice job!

  • murphyz

    Real nice work here Mike, I look forward to seeing the video of the falls in all of their glory.

  • Mike

    I just want to thank everyone for the warm reception you gave this photo. I personally love it and had already been planning to get it printed on a canvas once I was done processing it 🙂

    Appreciate everyone’s support and kind words!

  • Chris Kenison

    Awesome shot, Mike! Love it. I would love to visit this place someday!