I was busy looking for canyon rim overlooks, to get those wide sweeping views. But my Dad, who was my companion on this trip, suggested we take a quick walk down into the canyon. Am I glad he did! This place is full of unique scenery, whether you’re looking down on it from the rim, or you’re down in the middle of it. This hike was a loop that took us about an hour, stopping to take lots of photos.
Shooting into the sun is always tricky. I gave up trying to shade the lens with my hand and just let it flare. The hood for the EF 16-35mm f/4 lens doesn’t help when you’re turned almost directly to the sun.
I got so excited shooting that I didn’t pay attention to my ridiculously slow shutter speed. Image stabilization saved my bacon! Well, I’m a vegetarian, so really, I just ended up with a reasonably sharp photo. I was just amazed by this tall tree growing out of the bottom of the canyon and reaching to the top, where the few needles gathered the sunlight.
What a unique area! Even the landscape surrounding Bryce Canyon National Park seems ordinary high desert compared to this place.
Before I went there, I did a fair amount of research online, trying to learn the best places to go and how to make the best use of the short time I had. But standing in a place like this, in person, is a completely different experience from looking at photos on a computer screen.