Arizona

Grand Canyon at Twilight

 
 

Another epic view from the lookout at Toroweap in the Grand Canyon National Park.  I had set up cameras just before sunset to capture stars throughout the night but this was one of the first images I had taken just as the sun had dropped down below the horizon.  

One of my favorite times of day to shoot is during civil twilight which is the period just after sunset for about 30 minutes or so, depending on the season, where the light still lights catches the landscape but is super soft and also allows for some more detail in the sky without being blown out.  To capture this low of light though I definitely had to work quickly while also doing long exposures to keep noise low.

On this night the light was really just perfect even in the canyon itself which at about 3000ft down from me and can become a black hole during the early and later part of the day.  There is also just something about the color tones present in the desert that I just can't get over.  All the subtle reds, browns and spots of color from water, the sky and vegetation are just so beautiful!

Grand Canyon Night Sky

 
 

After driving about 2000 miles from North Carolina over a bunch of days, a blown out tire and a couple nights of waiting for clouds to disperse I finally had a clear night without any light pollution to shoot some stars...and boy was it a treat to shoot out at Toroweap on the northern rim of the Grand Canyon!

This night in particular I was able to shoot all night on the rim about 3000ft above the Colorado River without a soul or a city in sight.  The tree featured in this shot I must have shot from about 10 different angles...it was just so perfect!  This image was made up from about 350 images taken at 30s intervals and one images taken around twilights before all light on the foreground disappeared.

From this one night I took so many images I used up almost all my batteries and cards and hardly got any sleep before having to drive out the next morning, but man was it a spectacular spot!  If you have a 4x4 and fully sufficient for a few days definitely check out Tuweep/Toroweap in the Grand Canyon National Park.  Just be sure to grab a permit well in advance as there is no facilities at the campsite and advance reservations are required for overnight stays.  Tuweep info can be found here https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/tuweep.htm