Light & Shadows

December 21, 2011 by Jason Hines

My apologies for my inactivity on this blog over the last few days. I was skiing in Flagstaff last weekend and took a pretty good fall giving myself some good whiplash. I’m happy to be feeling a bit better and to be posting again.

This is a pretty different and interesting photo from me. I admit to having what I like to think of as “wide-angel syndrome” – meaning of course that I tend to see the world through the view of a wide angle lens. This is great for many situations and can yield some great images but can also make some rather repetitive images. When it comes to shooting the Grand Canyon, it’s common to think of getting as much in the frame as possible but you might as well try to drink the ocean with a spoon. Some of the best images of the Grand Canyon are taken while isolating a region with a telephoto lens. This was my intention with this shot and I think it came out quite well. The black & white conversion was done completely in Photoshop where I have been working to improve my skills.

I have been working hard to expand both my composition and post processing skills and this particular photo is not at all like my usual work. I would be very glad to hear what you think of this shot to be sure to leave a comment!

Grand Canyon Black & White

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Tamron 70-300
Processing: Photoshop CS5
Image Type: Single Exposure


  1. Eden says:

    Awesome Jason! Very dramatic. Great way to shoot something that has been photographed so much :)
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  2. Rick Louie says:

    Excellent image! It evokes emotion when I look at it. Very dramatic. I think many times as I began shooting I wanted to capture everything when in reality what makes a great image is concentrating on the details of the whole scene. When starting out I felt I needed a wide angle lens, but now I’m finding one of my favorite lenses is my 70-200. It creates isolation of subjects to the viewer can concentrate on the details of the scene. Love where your work is heading!
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  3. Adam Olson says:

    This shot is stunning Jason! You nailed the dramatic feeling of the canyon with this shot. I love what you did here. Keep it up. Glad to hear you are doing better from that nasty fall while skiing!
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  4. Edith Levy says:

    Wow Jason I think you’ve done a tremendous job with this image. It works beautifully in B&W and you’ve isolated and highlighted the key areas. Absolutely stunning.
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  5. Marty Cohen says:

    Great Photo Jason!
    I really love it in black and white. It makes it very unique. I especially like how sections of the image are totally black. It’s very start and that makes it very interesting. Well Done!
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  6. Bob Lussier says:

    I love the dramatic light in this shot! BW was definitely the way to go!
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  7. Curt Fleenor says:

    One word Jason – exquisite! A very dramatic image in both composition and technique. You should be very proud of how this turned out!
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  8. LensScaper says:

    I think this is the essence of good B&W photography. Strip out the colour and you are left with drama and that’s what makes this tremendous image. I love the solid black shadow areas. It’s a well thought out composition too because without the ‘echo’ of the main image in the upper left of the frame, the image would I think lose a lot of it’s credibility. Well seen and great processing.
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  9. Wayne Frost says:

    Nice departure from your usual images. This is the type of image I expect to see trending up on 500px. Great job.
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  10. Adam Allegro says:

    I think it looks fantastic Jason. Well done. Did you use a Black and White program for this or just Lightroom?? I want to see more of the black and white photography! Good to know you are feeling a little better after the spill!
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  11. I think this is one of your most compelling images.
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  12. Very cool shot. Love the textures among the sea of black!
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  13. Iza says:

    I think this is by far my most favorite image on your blog yet. The light and shadow created great atmosphere in this Grand Canyon scene, and certainly the black and white treatment helped a lot to accent it. It is bit more moody then your typical style- I wonder if you will start shooting more like that now on?
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  14. murphyz says:

    Really nice image Jason, great shadows and a very cinematic feel to it.

    I hope you have a lovely New Year, and a great 2012.
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