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
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.