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From the Rim by Mark Brodkin
Sunday, 12th May 2013

From the Rim

by Mark Brodkin

First light at the north rim of the magnificent Grand Canyon. Probably the most terrifying shooting location I have ever experienced. In order to get this shot, I had to set up my tripod on a tiny rock platform with a straight drop of over 1,500 feet in each direction. If I wasn't completely taken by the view, I wouldn't have lasted more that a second in the location.
Equipment: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105
Mark Brodkin
When I take a photograph I am reminded that I am a small part of an enormous world. I am forced to look outward and to calm the relentless introspection that is such a prevalent part of my everyday life. A photograph for me begins when I have an emotional connection with something that I see. It might be an incredible vista or a lonely piece of driftwood on a beach. Sometimes it is optimistic, positive, and gregarious. Sometimes it is lonely, dark and brooding. Always it is a self-portrait.

From the Rim by Mark Brodkin was photo of the day on Sunday, 12th May 2013. It is tagged . You can leave a comment below.


12th May 2013 at 2:03 am

Awesome shot!

12th May 2013 at 2:41 am

wonderful image, well done

12th May 2013 at 6:57 am

One of the best perspectives from the Canyon I’ve ever seen. Congrats!

Pamela North

12th May 2013 at 9:42 am

Wow! What a majestic image.


12th May 2013 at 10:48 am

great shot


12th May 2013 at 12:01 pm

So peaceful and magnificent at same time. Wonderful photo today :)

12th May 2013 at 1:00 pm

Absolutely beautiful light in combination with the stunning scenery … Top!

Paul Dass

12th May 2013 at 1:51 pm

Am excellent shot of a great perspective.

12th May 2013 at 1:53 pm

Mark, congrats on an highly original point of view in the Grand Canyon,

E Mancuso

12th May 2013 at 3:10 pm

So glad you decided to stay and grab the shot, and that you survived, of course. I think it was more than well worth your effort, and it is a stunning picture and perspective. Thanks

Laura Milholland

12th May 2013 at 3:44 pm

Breathtaking! It feels like we’re floating in space above the canyon, and the light is amazing. Congratulations on your bravery and the fabulous image.


12th May 2013 at 4:48 pm

As expressed above, this is the most exciting, demanding, breathtaking photo of the canyon I have ever seen. It makes me wobble just looking at it. This photo should be a postcard used by the National parks to show the beauty of our country. Thank you for sharing Mark. GORGEOUS.

12th May 2013 at 5:05 pm

Great shot, I could never it do it, I would get dizzy and fall over edge.

12th May 2013 at 5:18 pm

Incredible and fabulous! Congratulations!

12th May 2013 at 6:20 pm

Great shot, the light is perfect for it. It seems very much like Toroweap, which is one of the coolest places to go in that park. It’s on the north rim. I’ve been once and got magical images of the waterpockets there. Highly recommended.

Anne Egli

12th May 2013 at 7:32 pm

As soon as I saw the picture I was wondering where you were to get it, for it feels like you must be right there, maybe flying! When I read what you had to get this, it made my stomach sink, I am so afraid of heights. The shot is fantastic, but don’t do this again, people fall into the Grand Canyon every year! Besides, this is the best shot ever, so you don’t have to try again!


12th May 2013 at 8:10 pm

Mark, this is such an awesome photo I don’t even know where to begin! I love the light, the contrast of colors, the vertical steepness of the cliff with the river to the right. Wow – words aren’t enough to describe how beautiful this photo is. Well done and thank you for sharing it!


12th May 2013 at 8:14 pm

It feels Holy to me. So, so powerful – it touches something inside me. This photo is a Blessing.
Thank you again for sharing it.

12th May 2013 at 9:05 pm

What a huge risk you took! The picture you ended up with is glorious, though.


12th May 2013 at 9:41 pm

I am in awe that you managed to get that shot. Being at the Grand Canyon and looking out and down made me a nervous wreck. CONGRATULATIONS!! You deserve this honor. It is beautiful.


12th May 2013 at 10:01 pm

This shot is so amazing and I can only imagine what it must have been for you
to take it.
The stark beauty of the SW stays with me to this day even though it was years
ago we visited the parks, including Grand Canyon.
It was literally awesome….

Davey Boy

12th May 2013 at 11:32 pm

Jeepers Creepers, what a corker ! Thanks!


13th May 2013 at 1:01 am

I worked there , never stopped being awestruck. Took a lot of scary photos, too. Thanks for bringing its unbelievable formation…217 Miles long

13th May 2013 at 3:08 am

Great capture! Glad that you, your camera,and your tripod all made it through!


13th May 2013 at 3:28 am

Amazing image and gutsy move getting i!!! Congrats on a great job.

mary blankenship

13th May 2013 at 5:29 am

Wow. That’s a cool shot.

13th May 2013 at 9:05 am

What a prehistoric shot! All you need is a couple of dinosaurs! Wonderful image.

13th May 2013 at 9:35 am

Cool shot; what an amazing place!


15th May 2013 at 3:13 am

This is toroweep and you captured great light

Cheryl G

18th May 2013 at 8:14 am

You are either very brave or just crazy, but thank you for such a magnificent photo!!

sheila Hofer

20th May 2013 at 4:42 am


24th May 2013 at 5:53 am

What a breathtaking view! Great lighting and capture!

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