While visitng the Grand Canyon, my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Harry. He has spent his life as a rancher, or as I prefer, a cowboy, working the ranches of the Southwest. The ranch he had worked at for the past 12 years had closed due to the economy and he now works at Grand Canyon Village.
After chatting with Harry a while, I asked if he’d mind if I took his picture. He seemed surprised that anyone would want to do that, but said “Well sure, if you want to.” I think this image captures the character of this man, and reflects the ruggedness of the geography and profession in which he has spent his life.
We saw Harry again a few times during our visit, and he always gave us a warm smile and a friendly wave. Meeting Harry was one of the many highpoints of our trip.
Taken with a Nikon D90 dslr and a Nikon 18-200 lens. The focal length was 62mm and I used an f6.3 aperture to soften the Grand Canyon in the background.
More photos from our trip can be seen here: http://www.edspadoni.com/Photography/The-Great-American-Southwest
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