Millions of visitors come to Grand Canyon National Park, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the most visited national park in the western United States. However, very few ever get to experience the Grand Canyon by way of the Colorado River. Stretching from Lees Ferry at Marble Canyon, AZ, through the inner gorge graced with geology dating as far back as 1.8 billion years, all the way to Diamond Creek, just before the river gives way to Lake Mead, these spectacular 225 miles of whitewater rafting are only accessible by guided commercial motor trips and private rafting permits. Although over 6M visitors come to the Grand Canyon every year, only a small fraction gets permission to raft the river, mainly during the late Spring, Summer and early Fall months.
Production of this video was made possible by a commercial rafting partner Grand Canyon Whitewater, check them out at grandcanyonwhitewater.com!
Grand Canyon was recently awarded the Dark Sky Park status by the International Dark-Sky Association.
This video was filmed as part of SKYGLOW (skyglowproject.com), an ongoing crowdfunded quest to explore the effects and dangers of urban light pollution in contrast with some of the most incredible dark sky areas in North America. This project is being produced in collaboration with International Dark-Sky Association (darksky.org), a non-profit fighting for the preservation of night skies around the globe.
The film was shot on Canon 5DIV, 5DSR & 6D cameras & lenses sponsored by Canon USA, aided by Alpine Labs' Michron & Pulse, powered by Paul C. Buff Vagabond Mini. Adobe Lightroom & Premiere were used for editing and processing. Additional corrections by LRTimelapse.
This video is a follow up to KAIBAB ELEGY, a SKYGLOWPROJECT.COM video which garnered over 1 million views on Vimeo and over 4 million on social media and other outlets, and KAIBAB REQUIEM. Watch these two videos here: vimeo.com/217407298 and here: vimeo.com/246551452
Producer/Editor/Shooter: Harun Mehmedinovic, Music: Matt Hill
Gavin Heffernan and Grand Canyon Youth, Semezdin & Sanja Mehmedinovic, Dean Knuth & Grand Canyon Whitewater, GCW Guides Riley Weathers and Matt Sayre, Aaron McNally & Canon USA, Kevin Noble & Paul C. Buff Inc., Greg Horvath & Alpine Labs, Inc., International Dark-Sky Association, Northern Arizona University, State of Arizona & National Park Service
Colorado River at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
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