South Rim, Grand Canyon
Approximately 25 years ago Jennifer and I were in Las Vegas for the national Golf Course Superintendents convention and drove down to the Grand Canyon stopping at Hoover Dam along the way. I didn't remember much about it. This trip we spent most of two days there shooting the sunset and sunrises along the rim.
The morning was extremely cold but the weather was rough and provided neat clouds and rays. The evening was much nicer but the photos weren't as dynamic.
Antelope Canyon is one of the three slot canyons we visited.
Located on the Navajo lands, Upper Antelope Canyon, Owl Canyon, and Rattlesnake Canyon were the sites we visited. The area is ran by the Navajos and you must have guides who will drive you right up to the canyon entrances. Owl and Rattlesnake were the least crowded and were well worth going to. If nothing else, they provide practice for getting use to the light and camera settings necessary to get good shots. In Upper Antelope Canyon the crowds are heavy and if you are on a photography tour, the guides will try and hold back the other tourists for a short time at various points to allow the photographers to get shots. You have to be fast and efficient to get many shots and there is the continual problem of people coming into the frame if you are not careful. Still, it was well worth going and I got some good images.
Zion NP in SW Utah.
Bryce Canyon National Park, a sprawling reserve in southern Utah, is known for its crimson-colored hoodoos, or spire-shaped rock formations. The park’s main road leads past the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, a hoodoo-filled depression lying below the Rim Trail hiking path. It has overlooks at Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. Prime viewing times are around sunup and sundown. (from the website)
This was a great site for photographers. Especially trying to get shots that you don't usually see. The elevation was well over 9,000 feet and I felt it. Especially when we went back at night to practice night photography. It had sleeted prior to our arrival but all the trails were clear and safe.