Our only full day at the Grand Canyon began very early–in the pitch dark, in fact, as is always the case when you want to shoot pre-sunrise. In this case, there was roughly a 40-minute drive to Cape Royal that would pre-date that pre-sunrise setup, so it meant an extra-early morning. This was the only overlook we’d be visiting where a glimpse of the Colorado River would be possible, well off to the east, and, shortly after arriving, I decided to take some shots both with and without the river with what appeared likely to be a nice, colorful sky.
As was the case with every sunrise shoot on this trip, the skies didn’t disappoint.
One of the nice things about Cape Royal was the ability to peer deeply into the canyon looking both directions, so once the sun cleared the eastern horizon, there was plenty to see looking toward the west.
On the 1/3-mile or so walk back to the parking area from the point, I stopped to do some close-up work with flowers I spotted and on a particularly interesting weathered log.
I should have kept my macro lens mounted to my camera. As we headed back toward Bright Angel Point we stumbled across a bucolic meadow overflowing with wildflowers and stopped to do some additional close-up work.
During some down time later that day, I headed out on my own in search of some stands of aspen I’d spotted on the drive in the previous day.
For the evening shoot, we headed to Point Imperial, a majestic overlook with a prominent rocky feature. While the light was never quite what we had hoped for, we did have a few very nice moments which produced some more than suitable shooting conditions.
Sunset fizzled at the Grand Canyon, but I decided to shoot the moonrise, through the partly cloudy skies to the east, from Bright Angel Point.
There was one more shooting session left for the workshop and it was determined that it would take place back at Point Imperial the following morning. The hope was that the light would be better and more consistent than it had been on the evening of Day 5. The sunrises thus far had been impeccable. Would we get one more? I certainly hoped so as it would make for a seemingly shorter 450-odd mile drive back to the Phoenix area.
As I’ll demonstrate in the final installment, I wouldn’t be disappointed.