Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Grand Canyon: West rim from Vegas

If you are in Vegas, it is worth doing a day trip to see the grand canyon.  Most of the day tour packages cover the western rim of the canyon.  The landscape at the western rim is a bit different from the eastern side. I highly recommend the helicopter tour. You get to see so much more without wasting time on the tiring bus ride.  The chopper flies over colorado river, Hoover dam, the beautiful lake mead before finally entering the majestic canyon.  Some packages (like the one i went on) even stop at a local ranch for lunch.  You will get to see cowboys and cowgirls at work there.  All the photos below were taken with my small Sony NEX-6 mirrorless camera.  The aerials shots were taken through the helicopter tinted window, which is why you can see a blue hue in some of the photos.

Colorado river
Hoover dam
Lake Mead - in camera HDR Sony NEX6

I have included the photo above to show what you can do with a pocketable (almost pocketable) camera these days.  The only camera i brought along for the trip was my Sony NEX-6 with a kit lens (16-50mm oss).  This photo was shot in an extremely dark old hut at the ranch with minimal ambient light in the dwelling. I shot this at ISO 1600 1/8sec hand held.  The optical stabiliser really works! And very well controlled noise at ISO 1600. Well done Sony.

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