Annie Griffiths x LUMIX S1R
Grand Canyon / Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Shot with LUMIX S1 and LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 MACRO O.I.S. (S-R24105) 1/250 sec, F5.6, ISO 200
“America’s storied west is known for its open spaces and grand vistas, none grander than the Grand Canyon itself. Standing on the rim, it seems impossible to capture, in a still photograph, the exquisite detail of this massive canyon carved by the mighty Colorado River. Until now. Only a rugged camera, with extraordinary high-resolution, can render both the scale and the detail of this geological wonder. It was a perfect place to try my new LUMIX S full-frame camera and the lens.
Sunrise and sunset are magical times at the canyon, and the challenge is to hold details in the piercing amber highlights of the sun’s arrival, as well as the deep shadows in the canyon itself. The LUMIX S 24-105mm lens captured it all. Detail in everything from the smallest pebble to the expansive canyon walls are faithfully reproduced.
Descending from the rim and across the carved landscape are thousands of hidden caves and slot canyons. Hidden in the cool darkness of these caves is a rainbow of geological history. Layer upon layer of sediment and striations tell the story of wind and water. The colors are simply breathtaking. Worming my way through the cramped canyons, I found the perfect wide setting for the composition.
Working with such a flexible camera system, that can render the extraordinary detail of these geological wonders, is so exciting. I can’t stop planning where I should go next time with my LUMIX S gears.”
“Patagonia is the end of the world. It’s one of the most rugged and beautiful places I have ever been to in my life. And it’s also the land of the gauchos. They really are like horse whisperers in terms of gaining the trust of a horse. So that horse will be their partner in this very rugged endeavor of herding cattle and navigating this extraordinary mountains and streams. The natural history of the region is not only rugged, but the vegetation is very low in nutrients. So on this enormous ranches they have to let the animals roam free and the job of the gaucho is to find them, bring them back and herd them.
Patagonia is also home to the 8th wonder of the World. Torres del Paine is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. As a photographer I want them to understand the strength of the entire landscape of Patagonia. It’s so close that you feel dwarfed. In addition to the breathtaking landscape, there’s a healthy wildlife population too. With any wildlife work, you have to be able to move quietly. And then when you raise your camera to have it to be silent is an incredible gift. That combination of a rugged camera that is also light enough to strap over your shoulder is real gift. The LUMIX S series is just the perfect creative tool.”
One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for National Geographic, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem.
View more of her photos on LUMIX Ambassador gallery