|Grand Canyon from Hopi Point at dusk.|
Well, visiting the first week of April, none of these came into play. I was absolutely amazed!
The South Rim offers amazing views of the canyon along its entire stretch. I highly recommend walking the West Rim Trail to experience all the viewpoints, then come back with your camera for the golden hour and hopefully, a spectacular show.
|Canyon wall from Mather Point.|
As with all locations, I recommend arriving at least half an hour early (I typically arrive an hour early) to not only get set up, but to allow the creative juices time to start flowing on how you are going to approach the scene before you. Depending on the weather, there are lots of different ways to approach photographing the canyon, whether it is isolating certain scenes, offering an expansive panorama, or something in between. Storm clouds can add much drama to the scene and make you want to capture much of the sky above the canyon. Clear skies will probably have you wanting to cut the sky out as much as possible and focus on the canyon itself.
|Sunset on the Grand Canyon from Hopi Point.|
|Grand Canyon from Mather Point.|
Getting to Yaki Point requires the same logistical challenge as Hopi Point. You must catch the shuttle bus at the Canyon View Information Center. I recommend arriving an hour before sunrise. Both mornings I did this, I found myself alone on the bus and the first one to arrive at Yaki Point.
The other option is to park at Desert View Road and walk the mile to Yaki Point.
|Grand Canyon at sunrise from Yaki Point.|
Above all, take time to enjoy your visit. The Grand Canyon is an amazing place and should be experienced beyond the camera. Be sure to get out and walk around and experience this magnificent wonder.
You can view more of my photography at www.mountainscenes.com. I hope to have more of my Grand Canyon images uploaded soon.
As always, thanks for looking!