Taken inside the watchtower, located on the south rim of the Grand canyon, Arizona, USA with a Nikon D300s and a Sigma 10/20 lens.

The Indian Watchtower at Desert View (1932) was designed by American architect Mary Colter. From a distance the building’s silhouette looks like the Anasazi watchtower it was meant to mimic. Standing at 70 feet, with a 30-foot base, the tower was unique in having a concrete foundation and a steel framework well hidden in the stones of the tower. The ground level of the tower was a large, round observation room with a spectacular view of the Grand Canyon. Upstairs the Hopi Room presents paintings by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie, who took the room’s theme from the Hopi Snake Dance, as seen in the photo.
Shot in RAW and in Manual mode, the focal length was set to 10mm, the other settings include an F stop of 4.5, shutter speed 1 second, ISO 100 and metering was done in Matrix mode.
Post processing was done in CS5.

Thank you for being interested in my photographs. My own website has examples of my portrait work, which is not shared on RB, if you would like to take a look. All comments and feedback are much appreciated.

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  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsover 2 years ago

    Sorry for the confusion here Stephen, but is this the ‘roof’/ceiling we’re looking at? :-)

  • Yes, it’s inside, looking up.

    – Stephen Knowles

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 2 years ago

    Well captured Stephen

  • Thanks Bob, I appreciate your comment.

    – Stephen Knowles

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago

    June 1st, 2012
    See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges

  • Mary, thank you so much for the feature, it’s much appreciated.

    – Stephen Knowles

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walter11 months ago

    Your beautiful work is featured in Arizona – 2/19/2014

  • Thanks for the feature Lucinda, it’s much appreciated.

    – Stephen Knowles

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