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June 7, 2012
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Oct 30, 2011, 5:20:28 PM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0 Windows
Grand Canyon by Heltinde Grand Canyon by Heltinde
Wow. Remember on my old account when I promised to upload those Grand Canyon pictures from my trip? Well, I finally got around to it. ^^; So we stayed until the sun set, because so many people told us that it would be the prettiest sight we'd see in the park. And it was, it truely was.

I really like how the blackish-blue highlights of the tree really contrasted with the firey colors of the sunset on the reddish rock of the canyon.

You guys will never know how proud I am of this shot :XD: It's probably the best I've ever taken...
EDIT: a;kbgak;gaurgjhbv!!! 100+ favs? LOL thanks guys!
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First off, I want to say that it's amazing that you got a picture of the Grand Canyon! I've always wanted to go there, and I love the colours you managed to get here, especially the blueish fog/mist in the background.

However, I feel that this piece is a bit thematically underwhelming. Perhaps it's the tree, but the picture does not emphasize its subject, the Grand Canyon. Maybe, it would've been more striking to have focused on the canyons themselves, especially on the orange-and-blue colour scheme of the rock formations beyond the cliff with the house on it. Without the tree, I think that the picture would've had more of an impact and vision, but perhaps, that's just me.

As for originality: it's certainly different from the typical Grand Canyon picture, as you have chosen to focus on a tree and a cliff that does not look "typical" (unlike the "typical" cliffs in the background, shrouded in blue).

Hope my little critique helped.
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petter-pedro Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i like it cause i think its beautiful the transition between the shadow and sunlight
RoadZero Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a pleasant shot.
Heltinde Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your kind words!
FiguraArto Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Wow! Outstanding shot
Heltinde Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!!
shotgunandcookies Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i dont exactly know much about photography but i'd say this picture is breathtaking. :) you are good.
Heltinde Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! :blush:
I got myself a new camera not too long ago; I just wish I had it at the time I took this picture. It's a little grainy compared to the new pictures I can take with my new Canon haha.
shotgunandcookies Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cannon cameras are great, most of my photographer friends actually prefer it to nikon, although they say they throw away their canons a dozen times over to have a Leica. seriously i would know, what they are talking about. you know, you are very talented - delving into photography while still doing traditional and digital art. :D I think I've fainted.
Heltinde Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

They are! I got a Canon T3i and I am in love with it. I have never heard of a Leica before; maybe that's a good thing haha. I can't afford to keep buying all this stuff LOL

Thanks so much! I really only started photography to take pictures of my cats and flowers when I was taking a walk. But it kind of branched from there. I love to travel a lot too, and having a nice camera is so great because you get to take pictures and keep the memories of the places you've been to.
I really love to mix it up and keep my gallery a little bit of everything. :lol:

shotgunandcookies Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
travel and photography do go together like curry and rice. im sure it will be awesome for you when you travel. although on of my friends, who is a photographer told me, the "best pictures you could take is a mental picture' and that some of lifes greatest experiences happen when you are caught off guard.  so i guess his whole point was to either bring your camera with you all the time, or never forget the treasured memories
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