How I Got That Shot - Corey Rich in the Grand Canyon

Corey Rich is one of the world's most recognized adventure and outdoor lifestyle visual storytellers. He has captured stunning still photos and video on a wide array of assignments, including rock climbing in India, ultra-marathon racing in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, freight train hopping in the American West, and snowboarding in Papua New Guinea. His editorial work includes assignments for National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Sports Illustrated and The New York Times Magazine. Commercial clients include Anheuser-Busch, Apple, Nike and The North Face. Today, much of his time goes into capturing both still images and video for the creation of multimedia projects for commercial and editorial clients.

Corey Rich:  "Several years back, I had the great fortune of traveling down the Colorado River for over 20 days with some of my best friends: Tommy Caldwell, Beth Rodden, Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer, Chris McNamara, and writer Dan Duane. The plan was to raft the river, exploring the Grand Canyon for climbing opportunities, specifically looking for first ascents in the layered rock. We started the trip late in the season, so the sun was low, seldom shining directly into the canyon. We ended up wearing fleece and Gore-Tex while traveling on the rafts with the occasional blast of cold water soaking all of us. We had a fantastic group of guides and boatmen from Outdoors Unlimited who led our commercial chartered trip through the canyon.

"This trip provided opportunity after opportunity to shoot. The light was amazing! In the end, the still photos from this trip appeared in many print publications including Dan's story for Men's Journal and a feature in Alpinist written by Tommy, as well as a print campaign for Marmot. Additionally, Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer shot a segment for NBC World of Adventure. All in all, this was a fantastic trip with lots of great light. This photo was shot near the end of the trip. There were some forest fires near the canyon rim, creating the effect of the light filtering through the smoke. Tommy Caldwell is shown tossing a rope off the top of a cliff after one of many first ascents in the Grand Canyon. I exposed for the highlights in the background so that Tommy and the uncoiling rope would be captured in silhouette, creating a nice graphic element."


CameraNikon D3S
Nikon 17-35 mm f/2.8
ISO 200, f/8, 1/1000th of a second
Daylight White Balance. Basic toning and color balance in post -  no manipulation.

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