By Jack Challem

Winter Storm In The Grand Canyon

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D80
State/Province/Region
AZ
Country
US
Nearest Area
Grand Canyon National Park (south rim)
Town
Williams
Brief Directions

Yavapai Point is on the south rim of the Grand Canyon, just east of the Grand Canyon Village, where there are hotels and restaurants. It is easily accessible by car or by foot along the rim trail.

Notes

Ansel Adams most memorable photographs were taken just as a storm was clearing -- important to remember when one thinks bad weather makes for bad photographs. My girlfriend and I were staying two nights at the El Tovar Hotel, on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. When it became clear that a snow storm was coming, we booked a room for a third night, figuring this might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be at the Grand Canyon when it snowed. The landscape became absolutely enchanting! We both took some remarkable photographs by staying (as other people fled or canceled their hotel reservations). The experience was so invigorating and creatively satisfying that I'm now thinking about more national park trips during winter months.

Description

The light and clouds change constantly immediately after an early December 2011) snow storm in the Grand Canyon -- a remarkable change compared with the often cliched blue skies of summer. I shot hundreds of photographs before, during, and after the storm, and this particular image (in both black and white and color versions) is my favorite -- because it is so reminiscent of turn-of-the century pictorialist photographs and painters. The view is looking to the west/northwest from Yavapai Point the morning after the storm left 4-6 inches of snow on the rim. As the storm was breaking up, clouds swirled above the canyon and within it.

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Date Added
December 11, 2011
Date Taken
December 11, 2011

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