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Featured Fine Art Piece: The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon (click to expand)

Image Title: The Grand Canyon (view)
Image Size: 16"x48"
Total Size: 23"x55"
Edition: 3 of 100
Framing: This unique piece is framed with a dark brown frame hand-made by Nick Carver himself using top-quality moulding. The image is further accented with a seamless black linen liner with a 30 degree bevel that helps to showcase the rich colors in the image without being distracting.

I made this piece as a gift for my ever-supportive and loving parents. It is prominently on display in my dad's optometric office in Fountain Valley behind front reception. The piece measures nearly 5 feet edge to edge and is one of the largest fine art pieces I've ever made. I used a liner/frame combination I had previously used on a smaller version of this picture because it just works so well.

As with all limited edition fine art prints, this piece is printed with LightJet technology on Kodak Professional Endura Metallic Paper, making them the finest quality prints available. Click here for more info on fine art prints.

If you'd like more information about purchasing a limited edition fine art print like this or any other image in the catalog, email Nick at info [at] nickcarverphotography.com.


Featured Fine Art Piece: The Grand Canyon

I'm starting a new series of posts on my blog here that will showcase some of my finished, framed fine art pieces - pieces that are already done and ready to ship. The first installment is an image of the Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon - Limited Edition Panoramic Fine Art Piece
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Image Title: The Grand Canyon (view)
Image Size: 14"x42"
Total Size: 25"x53"
Edition: 1 of 100 (it's the very first print)
Framing: This stunning panorama of the Grand Canyon is framed with a dark brown, rustic frame hand-made by Nick Carver himself using moulding manufactured in Italy. Its subtle texture and elegant shape accent the image perfectly. Between the frame and print is a seamless black linen liner with a 30 degree bevel that helps to showcase the rich colors in the image without being distracting.
Price: $1500

The Grand Canyon - Limited Edition Fine Art Print
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As with all limited edition fine art prints, this piece is printed with LightJet technology on Kodak Professional Endura Metallic Paper, making them the finest quality prints available. Framing is done personally by Nick Carver and consists of a unique presentation method you won't find at your local frame shop. It utilizes no glass for maximum light transmission and a brighter image. The print is instead protected by a gloss laminate that allows for easy cleaning and maintenance. The presentation is truly stunning and is designed to withstand the test of time. Click here for more info on fine art prints.

If you'd like more information about purchasing this limited edition fine art print or any other image in the catalog, email Nick at info [at] nickcarverphotography.com.

Sedona and the Grand Canyon

It's been a hell of a month - holidays, drama, life changes. To be honest, I can't wait for 2010 to be over. But that's neither here nor there. I'm simply trying to justify the ridiculous 3-week delay on getting these pictures up from my trip to Sedona, AZ last month. At least there's a lot of them...

It was a rare family vacation jam-packed with hiking, sight-seeing, mountain biking, photography, shopping, hanging out and a whole lot of driving. Good quality time with the brothers, parents and sister-in-law - my favorite people in the world. I had a lot of fun and I even got to see the Grand Canyon for the first time!

One of my brothers and I went to Oak Creek on our first day to enjoy the scenery and get some pictures. There was some great fall color to work with, fantastic reflections and the temperature was mild. I could have stayed down there all day. Here are the pics from that first day:

The second day was with my two brothers and sister-in-law for a full day of sight-seeing and hiking. We checked out Slide Rock in the morning where it was just us 4 out there for quite awhile until a Japanese tour bus unloaded. No pictures from Slide Rock because the light was ugly, but we did some exploring and even found a tarantula, which, I must say, was both disturbing and fascinating.

For sunset, we headed out to Red Rock Crossing for stunning views of Cathedral Rock. I originally intended to get pictures of Cathedral Rock at sunset with Oak Creek in the foreground - real picturesque stuff. I ran into a problem with that plan when I couldn't find a single composition that fit the order. The water level was too high, making it impossible to get the angle I needed without crossing the creek to the other side, which wasn't going to happen.

Sometimes you just have to play the hand you're dealt. Luckily I've made enough mistakes in my years of shooting to know that making a plan B should be step 1 when you arrive. So I moved to a meadow I'd scouted earlier and had deemed my "in case things don't work out" spot. I'm actually glad things didn't work out with shooting the creek because I really enjoyed shooting in this meadow and I think I got some great, unique shots of Cathedral Rock - even some panoramas.

Here are the results (click the panos for larger versions):

The following day's agenda would consist of a sunrise shoot in Sedona and the Grand Canyon at sunset. The Grand Canyon is about a 2 and a half hour drive from Sedona - one way. I don't know what the hell I was thinking. I guess that's why only my sister-in-law was game for the sunrise. But in the end, it worked out great anyway. The sunrise was stunning, the Grand Canyon was worth every minute of driving and we'd still have a couple more days of vacation to catch up on sleep.

For the sunrise, we went to a high spot overlooking Cathedral Rock and Courthouse Butte in the distance. There weren't too many clouds and, thus, not much color in the sky, but the sun illuminated the air in a beautiful golden glow. The layers were amazing. The following 3 shots are practically the same (subject-matter at least), but I was just diggin' the vibe and color too much to not share each composition. Click the pano for a larger version.

Once that color faded away, I turned my attention to a beautiful Utah Juniper and played with the shapes of the branches and trunk.

Then it was off to the Grand Canyon. Thank God it wasn't peak season for the Grand Canyon, because it still got a little *ahem* cozy where I'd set up for my shots once sunset rolled around. For the most part, though, the whole place felt pretty empty (uh...no pun intended).

To put it succinctly, I was blown away by the Grand Canyon. Its size is hard to grasp even when it's right in front of you. My eyes were seeing it, but it somehow felt like I was just looking at a painting, like nothing could actually be that vast. Absolutely amazing. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves:

Loved the way the light hit the very tip of this tree

And last but not least, my favorite panorama from the trip - one compiled from 5 separate vertically-framed compositions. You'll wanna click this one for the bigger view...

Thank you so much for stopping by, everyone. It brings me so much joy to share these with you and know other people are lookin' at 'em.