UPDATE: Posted: 10-15-15
Returned home late last night from a photo-video-audio capture expedition to the Grand Canyon. Here are a couple of stills from yesterday’s shoot. The layers you can see in these photos form a layer-cake view of the rock and butte faces. The top layer is called the Kaibab Limestone layer formed during the “recent” Permian Geologic Period, 250 million years ago. Deeper in the canyon toward the bottom you travel back through time to the Pre-Cambrian Geologic Period. The most visible bottom layer is called the Visnu Schist and the rock you see exposed is 2 BILLION years old (almost 1/2 the age of our planet.) Some of the media I digitally recorded yesterday will be installed in my “Grand Canyon Guide…” as an update to be released in about a month. Ya see, stick with me kids, you may learn a thing or two…or three.
Wanted to give you a heads-up about my journey tomorrow to the nearby Grand Canyon. There are more than 20 designated vistas or “‘Points” designated by the National Park Service that are worthy of your attention as great stops along the South Rim for photography or just to take in the shifting visual beauty of the Grand Canyon. These stops are clearly marked on the park maps you are given when you pass through the entrance gates. I have concentrated my “Grand Canyon South Rim Guide” so far on the hiking, dining and lodging on the South Rim near Market Plaza, Visitors Center, Hermits Rest, Watchtower and the Grand Canyon Village. I want to add these stops as additional content for my Grand Canyon guide.
This month of October I will be making two separate journeys to the Grand Canyon to photograph, shoot 1080p video and capture wild sound for all easily accessible stops on Hermit Road west of the Village and on Desert View Drive east of the village. There are listings in publications documenting and describing these stops but I want to include a full range of still and video photography of those stops as well as capture some wild sound along the way that I will include in my upcoming Podcast. This multimedia effort will give you the complete “feeling” of actually standing there at those Vistas or stops.
I just started using Periscope, a Twitter product, that allows for short live video “broadcast” tweets. Periscope will allow me to provide you live streaming video from the Grand Canyon to give you an idea what it looks like even if it is on a small smartphone or tablet screen (you can also watch from your desktop computer.) The big problem with shooting live video for you from the Grand Canyon South Rim is grabbing Wi-Fi or cell phone access, which is spotty along the South Rim Trail. Throughout the day tomorrow I will continually try to give you a look at some of those spots provided I can access a signal hot-spot. So, if you are interested you might want to “Follow” me on Twitter @FredericFichman. When I go live you will get an alert and you just tap the url listed; you will be taken to Periscope and my live streaming broadcast. If you miss it the video will be up for a short period of time. You can also get on Periscope and follow me through my screen name Fred Fichman.
After my trip to the Grand Canyon tomorrow, Wednesday, October 14th and Saturday, October 31st (yes on Halloween) I will edit the video, photos, and sound in post production and then include all of those changes and additions to my book, “Grand Canyon, Your South & North Rim Guide to Hiking, Dining & Lodging.”
Important to remember is that if you have already purchased this guide you can have the book resent to you by Amazon Kindle for no additional cost with all of the new material included. So, if you have already bought my book or plan to in the next couple of weeks, no problem…you will be able to get the updated version absolutely free.
Hope you can catch my Periscope live streaming tomorrow. If you wish to go to my Amazon Kindle Sales page for my “Grand Canyon Guide” just click on the book cover image at the top of this blog or click here: http://amzn.to/1OZwWjL