Sunrise over the Grand Canyon

Sunrise over the Grand Canyon

By |2014-12-24T10:12:41+00:00Dec 24th, 2014|

If you’re the sort of person who appreciates experiencing the splendors of our planet, then an item that should be very high on your bucket list would be watching the sun rise over the Grand Canyon. I visited the Grand Canyon for the second time in my life earlier this year and if there is one place where I would go to seek out any form of spirituality, it’d be here. I first visited the Grand Canyon 10 years ago and could barely appreciate it due to a crippling fear of heights. This time around, I certainly had better success but still couldn’t quite bring myself far enough to walk down a bit on the Bright Angel trail. It’s something that I will continue to work on for certain in 2015. Still, the view from the rim isn’t too shabby!

I took this photo with my Sony a7 and my original Funkbuster, the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens which has since been replaced by the Sony A-mount 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens, aka Funkbuster: TNG. Because I had the camera leveled, I was able to remove just about any distortion and present a massive, panoramic view. I also had my beloved rock feet on my Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod, which was critical because they allowed me to get a really good grip in two cracks in the ground. With all the wind that was blowing about, getting a solid grip with your tripod legs is so important to minimize camera vibration and to generally secure your gear from toppling over. Stylization was done by applying a custom-built preset in Lightroom.


  1. […] Brian Matiash If you’re the sort of person who appreciates experiencing the splendors of our planet, then […]

  2. Alan Eicoff December 24, 2014 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    I sympathize! First time there I scooted out on my butt to the overlook railing – hugged the wall on the Bright Angel trail – crawled on my hands & knees on a portion of a rim trail. I get panicky watching people standing on the edge but then I take it seriously when they say an average of 21 people a year fall to their death into the canyon. I was markedly better my 2nd time there.

  3. David Cuerdon December 24, 2014 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    My favorite place on Earth. Beautiful shot Brian Matiash!

  4. Ian Clements December 24, 2014 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Many years ago, we hiked about 1/2 down Bright Angel. The true ‘scale’ if you will, of the canyon is revealed a you look back up toward the rim.
    I’ve been back a couple of times since and each time, it’s like going again for the first time.

  5. Deirdre Gilchrist December 25, 2014 at 3:50 am - Reply

    On my bucket list for 2015 – enjoy following you Brian – love the backstories – Happy Xmas

  6. Sharon Manning December 25, 2014 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    We were there for the First time this month and I’ll admit I may have cried just a little at the helicopter left the rim (my first flight in a helicopter ever). It is truly a very special place that will stay with me forever.

  7. Vivienne Gucwa December 26, 2014 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Nice page Brian Matiash!

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