Grand Canyon – Helicopter Flight

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Grand Canyon, a set on Flickr.

Well I finally got together some of the photos I took over the Grand Canyon from the heilcopter flight. It was a pretty amazing experience. I thought you might like to take a look and let me know what you think. I was using a 24mm-105mm Canon L series lens and even though we were rocking about a bit and the down draft from the rotors kept blowing the zoom back in still managed to take some reasonable shots. A couple of times, when leaning out of the window, I thought I was going to loose the camera and I’m pretty sure were wern’t going to land to pick it up.

Thanks again for taking a look!!

Mike Hope


Shane Knight’s Fine Art Photography

On a recent trip to the awe inspiring Grand Canyon we stopped off in the City of Flagstaff, Arizona. A really eclectic city with great people and history. On our wanderings we came accross a fascinating gallery set up in the old jail house.

Old Jail House Flagstaff Mike-Hope by Mike Hope

The gallery was that of Shane Knight, a renowned fine-art photographer of the surrounding areas and beyond.  We discocvered all this through the gallery admistrator Michelle, a wonderfull lady who was truley a pleasure to meet.  Shane Knight’s work is truley inspiring.  His works on horses and wild lanscapes are breathtaking and really have to be seen to be appreciated!  You can see the hard work, joy and exhilaration that goes into each shot.  I personally found this chance visit one of the highlights of our Grand Canyon stop and am seriously considering a major buy!  There is some wonderful professional fine-art photography here. (mostly film and no Photoshop) as depicted on a  motto in the window display posted on and old large format plate camera (maybe a Gandolphi I am not sure).  Perhaps someone can put me straight on this one.  Anyway, the gallery is doted with great photographic curiosities and artifacts as well as old cameras, not to mention the fantastic photography!  What’s more it is located in an old historic jail house that still has bars on the windows, brick walls and prisoner graffiti from 1914.

If you are there please check it out, it’s awsome!! The Gallery is located at:

Shane Knight Photography
5 East Aspen Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86001