This majestic place drops jaws, but more often than not it also proves the point that ‘good views do not necessarily make good photos’.
I found it fiendishly difficult to photograph, although I suspect I’d do a better job now than I did back in 2016 when I took this image. The reality is that there’s little in the way of foreground interest across much of the Canyon, certainly from the spots on the South Rim that I visited, and while I was able to get a few shots that featured an outcrop or an isolated tree, more often than not these promontories were jammed up with the massed ranks of tourbus tourists, jostling for their Instagram jollies.
So, it really came down to the light. Sunrises and sunsets were truly incredible, with the redness of the rocks duetting with the sky tones to create an anthemic, soaring climax of colour. Next time I visit, I suspect I might head down into the Canyon to get close up and personal with the incredible formations carved by the Colorado River … either that or take and extended nap and then shoot from dusk ‘til dawn, because the stars out here … well, that’s another story altogether!