Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Marble Canyon & North Rim

Colorado River
 Canon 1DsIII f/11 1/100 ISO 50 EF24-70 (48mm)

Marble Canyon is the section of the Colorado River canyon from Lee's Ferry to the confluence with the Little Colorado River and marks the beginning of the Grand Canyon.

New Navajo Bridge
Canon 1DsIII f/11 1/100 ISO 50 EF17-40 (17mm)

We've stayed at the Marble Canyon Lodge many times and have written about the lodge and restaurant there. The Navajo Bridge is located within walking distance of the lodge and has a long history as being the only roadway crossing the Colorado River and Grand Canyon for nearly 600 miles (970 km).

View from the Navajo Bridge

The Colorado River
Leica M9 f/16 1/250 ISO 500 Summarit 90mm

The intent of this trip was to stay at the North Rim spending several days capturing the beauty of this side of the Grand Canyon. We normally don't visit the Grand Canyon in the summer and rarely the North Rim and were looking forward to a stay at on the rim view cabins. The plan was to arrive on Monday and depart on Friday thus allowing us numerous occasions to capture sunsets and sunrises. We ended up leaving after only one-night. We fully expected rustic accommodations and weren't disappointed. What disappointed us was the total lack of any view of the rim other than through the thick foliage. We also weren't expecting to share our cabin infested with mice and a bathroom toilet that wouldn't stop running. In short, we can not recommend staying at the North Rim Lodge. While our trip was cut short we haven't given up on the North Rim and expect to return; this time staying outside the park as we've done before.

North Rim Sunset
Canon 1DsIII f/4  1/160 ISO50 EF24-70 (70mm)

North Rim Sunset
Canon 1DsIII f/4 1/200 ISO 200 EF24-70 (64mm)

North Rim Sunset
Canon 1DsIII f/4 1/200 ISO 200 EF24-70 (51mm)
Driving along Route 89 we saw beautiful clouds to the west and decided to stop at Marble Canyon to photograph the Navajo Bridge as well as have an early lunch at the lodge.  We can truthfully say we've never had a bad meal at the lodge and recommend both the lodge and restaurant.
North Rim Sunset
Leica M9 f/4.8 1/750 ISO 160 Voigtlander Nokton 50mm 

North Rim Sunset
Leica M9 f/1 1/500 ISO160 Voigtlander Nokton 50mm 

 North Rim Sunset

 Leica M9 f/11 1/500 ISO1000 Voigtlander Nokton 50mm 

Don kept testing the limits of the new Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 this time with a Hoya Pro1Digital FND x16 (4 stop) filter. Sandy used her Canon 1DsIII using primarily the 24-70mm lens.

Leica M9 f/16 1/500 ISO 1000 Voigtlander Nokton 50mm

Canon 1DsIII f/11 1/100 ISO 50 EF24-70 (52mm)

Leica M9 f/16 1/500 ISO1000 Voigtlander Nokton 50mm

Note: Don's found the metadata to be extremely erratic even when having the lens selected to the recommended lens.  Also, all Voigtlander Nokton 50mm images were shot using the Hoya filter.

Thank you as always for visiting and stay tuned for more.

Sandy & Don

Metadata regarding the lens used has been added to the entry concerning "Is the M9 a serious Landscape Camera"

And one last fun image taken on the road in front of the Marble Canon Lodge.

A bugs view

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