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The Grand Canyon vs Mineh Ishida

November 11, 2015 | by Mineh Ishida
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I lost.  Lets just start with that… in the Grand Canyon vs Mineh Ishida battle, I utterly and totally lost. It wasn’t even a battle. The canyon was there, in it’s massive glory unaware of my presence. I was no more than a spec of dust… a mere particle in comparison to the grand size and glory of the canyon… yep… Mineh: 0 – Grand Canyon: 1.

I’ve wanted to visit the Grand Canyon for as long as I can remember. As a photographer, I marveled at the idea of seeing the result of millions of years of nature running it’s course.  I thought I could see it in one day.

Yeah… and an ant has a chance of exploring an entire football field in a day.

Anyway, my good friend Alex and I drove up to the canyon and decided that we only really had time to go to one spot and spend time setting up for sunset.  We decided we’d go to Yaki point with the hopes of capturing a beautiful sunset photo.

Sadly, the weather gods were against us, and cloud cover moved in, but before that happened, we managed to get some shooting in.  The upside to the bad weather was the rainbow that settled over the canyon for a while. Maybe the weather gods aren’t so bad after all!  Yaki Point is magnificent. If you have only one day to see the canyon, I highly recommend going to this vista. You can see the Colorado River bend and twist, and the view is stunning.

Photographing the Grand Canyon is terrifying.  In order to get the shots I wanted I ended up precariously perched at the very edge of the canyon.  It’s over a mile deep!  6000 ft!  1800 meters!  Imagine being about 6 inches from the edge of that with heavy camera gear… It’s utterly terrifying. Anyone who knows me also knows that I’ll do anything for the shot… so there I was… feeling queasy and nervous, but right at the edge of the canyon taking photos.

I failed to understand the scope of the Grand Canyon.  I was utterly unprepared for the majesty, beauty and sheer magnitude of it. I now know that I need to come back. I need a week… maybe longer to explore the canyon.  I want to go down into it.  I want to hike some of it’s expanse.  I now know that I don’t have enough time to explore it all.. to take it all in… But I want to know more of it. Next time, it wont be a Grand Canyon vs Mineh Ishida battle.  I hope to have the time to get to know the Grand Canyon.

Anyway, here a few photos:


All photographs are copyrighted to Mineh Ishida.  All rights reserved.  Please contact me if you’d like to use these photographs for any purpose. The featured photo of this post was taken by my good friend Alex.

Grand Canyon 01 by Mineh Ishida | Copyright 2015 - All rights Reserved

Grand Canyon 01 by Mineh Ishida | Copyright 2015 – All rights Reserved

 

Rainbow into the Grand Canyon by Mineh Ishida | Copyright 2015 - All rights Reserved

Rainbow into the Grand Canyon by Mineh Ishida | Copyright 2015 – All rights Reserved

Perspective of the Grand Canyon by Mineh Ishida | Copyright 2015 - All rights Reserved

Perspective of the Grand Canyon by Mineh Ishida | Copyright 2015 – All rights Reserved

Grand Canyon Panorama by Mineh Ishida | Copyright 2015 - All rights Reserved

Grand Canyon Panorama by Mineh Ishida | Copyright 2015 – All rights Reserved

 

Photography Travel

Wildlife in New Mexico Photographs by Mineh Ishida

November 10, 2015 | by Mineh Ishida
Pronghorn Antelope 03 | Mineh Ishida | Copyright 2015 All rights reserved

While visiting the Very Large Array, I spent some time enjoying the wildlife in New Mexico.  Unfortunately, I was about a month too early for the wintering of the cranes and snow geese, but nevertheless there were plenty of birds and animals to keep me shutter-happy.  I didn’t have a whole lot of time as my goal was to spend time at the VLA, but when I saw wildlife at the side of the road, I pulled over and tried to take a few shots.

I’d love to plan a trip out there this winter with the express purpose of photographing wildlife!

Here are some of the photos.


All photographs are copyrighted to Mineh Ishida.  All rights reserved.  Please contact me if you’d like to use these photographs for any purpose.

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The Very Large Array | Photo Gallery by Mineh Ishida

November 9, 2015 | by Mineh Ishida
VLA (Very Large Array) 11, New Mexico | Photo by Mineh Ishida | Copyright 2015 all rights reserved

I recently had the opportunity to visit the VLA(Very Large Array) in New Mexico. Many of you may know of this radio telescope as it was featured prominently in Contact, the novel by Carl Sagan, later adapted to a movie.

Visiting the VLA was a special treat since I have always had a fascination with space, and being able to see a radio telescope of that magnitude was very exciting.

I arrived in Socorro, NM the night before and setup camp at a local motel. I arrived in town late in the evening so it was dark.  Boy was I surprised when I woke up.  The landscape was beautiful with gorgeous mountains and exposed striations of orange and red stone. I was slightly disappointed and worried in the morning due to the rain storm.  Figures I would go to the desert only to get rained out!

Luckily the rain cleared by mid-day, and I was on my way to the VLA.

I remember the feeling when I first caught sight of the array of satellite dishes far distant against the mountains.  Exhilaration! Success!  I wanted to text all of my space loving friends, but alas no cell service.  Duh. The Electromagnetic waves of cell service would disrupt the sensitive telescope.  I resigned myself to taking the best photos I could and sharing them after the fact.

When I arrived, I was stunned by how large each dish was.  It’s truly breathtaking to be standing under these giants and contemplating that they look into the far reaches of space and the history of our universe.  Luckily, it was rather unpopulated when I arrived, and I largely had the telescope array to myself. I sat there in the middle of the New Mexico desert and watched these giant dishes peer out into space and history.

Periodically, the dishes would realign, and I was delighted to watch them move in concert.  Almost as if they were posing for photographs, they configured themselves into a perfect position for photography.

I sat and watched them through sunset snapping photos periodically. It was a memorable experience, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in space and science.


All photographs are copyrighted to Mineh Ishida.  All rights reserved.  Please contact me if you’d like to use these photographs for any purpose.