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Jun 26, 2015 15:28:49   #
zuzanne
 
Will be there for 2 nights in September. We will be staying in Williams both nights and driving to the Canyon during the day. Will I need a polarizer filter for the canyon? Is there an area in or around Williams that I might get a chance to try night sky shots? I will have my tripod and wireless remote for long exposures.

zuzanne
 
Jun 26, 2015 15:49:05   #
jaddottart
 
Go to the first art shop you see then the second,they will have all the best shots in the area where to stand etc.etc.
Jun 26, 2015 16:08:27   #
GTinSoCal
 
The area on the way to the Canyon is amazing for night photography!

Have a great time!

GT

zuzanne wrote:
Will be there for 2 nights in September. We will be staying in Williams both nights and driving to the Canyon during the day. Will I need a polarizer filter for the canyon? Is there an area in or around Williams that I might get a chance to try night sky shots? I will have my tripod and wireless remote for long exposures.

zuzanne
Jun 26, 2015 16:15:46   #
Bill Houghton
 
You will find the sun quite over powering any where in the South West, esp that time of year. It will tend to wash out all the colors. You might want to try a Polarized, but you might also want to bring ND - perhaps around 7. I don't know if you can shoot in RAW, but you might find that helpful when trying to bring back some of the settle colors that only a rainy days can bring out of the formations. Others might have better Ideas. That's just I have found to work or me. GreyMule does allot out that way, he might be better to advise you.
Jun 26, 2015 20:50:20   #
jethro779
 
zuzanne wrote:
Will be there for 2 nights in September. We will be staying in Williams both nights and driving to the Canyon during the day. Will I need a polarizer filter for the canyon? Is there an area in or around Williams that I might get a chance to try night sky shots? I will have my tripod and wireless remote for long exposures.

zuzanne


Are you going to be in Williams on Sept. 5th? If so don't drive, ride the steamer to the canyon. The Grand Canyon Railroad runs #4960 a Baldwin 2-8-2 steam locomotive that burns vegetable oil the first Saturday of every month from April to September. and a trio of specials during this time. The 4th of July is a special and September 19th will be the 114th anniversary of the Grand Canyon Railroad.
Jun 27, 2015 05:56:17   #
Architect1776 (a regular here)
 
zuzanne wrote:
Will be there for 2 nights in September. We will be staying in Williams both nights and driving to the Canyon during the day. Will I need a polarizer filter for the canyon? Is there an area in or around Williams that I might get a chance to try night sky shots? I will have my tripod and wireless remote for long exposures.

zuzanne


Yes a polarizer will be of great benefit at the canyon. For night skies the road from Williams to the canyon is good as there is little development between the two. Enjoy the trip.
 
Jun 27, 2015 07:35:37   #
John N (a regular here)
 
Yes to the polariser.
Jun 27, 2015 07:48:48   #
Preachdude
 
Most people wanting to make images of the Grand Canyon choose the relatively easy access to the South Rim. If you are an enthusiast or professional, and you want deeper richer colors, more shadows and shadow details, and greater variety of lighting, take the time and trouble to go to the North Rim. Also, landscape astrophotography at the North Rim is both challenging, and, when done with care, very rewarding. A thorough internet search will give you examples. I hope to go there again late next Spring. The North Rim is only open mid-May to mid-October, so it is important to plan ahead. The magnificent old hotel on the North Rim is already booked through most of this season.
Jun 27, 2015 09:30:10   #
lone ranger
 
i would most certainly use a polarizer, as you will find that the canyon, actually changes color as the day progresses into the afternoon, and then the evening, the polarizer, will truly help you capture, all that beauty, that nature, and the good Lord, has provided us with...
zuzanne wrote:
Will be there for 2 nights in September. We will be staying in Williams both nights and driving to the Canyon during the day. Will I need a polarizer filter for the canyon? Is there an area in or around Williams that I might get a chance to try night sky shots? I will have my tripod and wireless remote for long exposures.

zuzanne
Jun 27, 2015 09:36:24   #
Kennethc
 
Might I suggest the helicopter tour? It is expensive, but the flight out to the canyon is exciting and the flight below the rim of the canyon is breathtaking. Also, returning to Las Vegas at dusk is worth the price of admission. I know you said you were staying in a different city but you might give it a thought.
Jun 27, 2015 10:59:41   #
MtnMan
 
zuzanne wrote:
Will be there for 2 nights in September. We will be staying in Williams both nights and driving to the Canyon during the day. Will I need a polarizer filter for the canyon? Is there an area in or around Williams that I might get a chance to try night sky shots? I will have my tripod and wireless remote for long exposures.

zuzanne


Yes indeed on the CP. Good move on the tripod and release.

Skies are dark there in general.
 
Jun 27, 2015 11:28:55   #
zincgt
 
Jethro779 is correct. Take the train from Williams. I took it a couple years ago and we had seats on caboose. The open platform for shooting was great. Very smooth ride and opps for shooting were numerous. Ultra wide to fisheye can give different perspectives when shooting from there including the whole train. As far as polarizers I would definitely use one on a long lens at the Canyon. There always is some kind of haze over the canyon that interferes with long lenses. Could be distance or humidity at that distance but a polarizer definitely helps. And yes shooting in RAW can make a difference once post processing.
Jun 27, 2015 13:03:46   #
stumbo
 
I live two hours from the Grand Canyon and go there often. I've found that the best time to shoot pictures are up to two hours after sunrise and about two hours before sunset. This will give you the best lighting to accent the various buttes in the Canyon. The lighting is too harsh any other time of the day and will give a very flat result. I like HDR photography for the best results as it will capture the highlights and shadows much better. Also, drive from the south rim to desert view and take advantage of the turn offs along the way. Some of my favorites are Grand View Point, Lupin Point, and Desert View itself. Attached are a pictures I took last year. I wish you a good time and hope you get the desired results.


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Jun 27, 2015 13:28:28   #
Architect1776 (a regular here)
 
Preachdude wrote:
Most people wanting to make images of the Grand Canyon choose the relatively easy access to the South Rim. If you are an enthusiast or professional, and you want deeper richer colors, more shadows and shadow details, and greater variety of lighting, take the time and trouble to go to the North Rim. Also, landscape astrophotography at the North Rim is both challenging, and, when done with care, very rewarding. A thorough internet search will give you examples. I hope to go there again late next Spring. The North Rim is only open mid-May to mid-October, so it is important to plan ahead. The magnificent old hotel on the North Rim is already booked through most of this season.
Most people wanting to make images of the Grand Ca... (show quote)


Going beyond the original question I agree the north rim is incredible. Better yet is hiking down from the north rim. There are waterfalls, tons of wildlife and fossils among the fabulous scenery. Makes the south rim side quite dull by comparison.
Jun 27, 2015 14:54:11   #
zuzanne
 
Thank you, I had not thought of that. I will take your advice and check them out.

zuzanne
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