The first time I visited the south rim of Grand Canyon, weather was grey and wet. As I checked into a nearby hotel, a summer-storm approached with thunder and lightning. After a quick meal I drove to mather point and was totally awestruck by the vastness of this magnificent place. It is true as they say, absolutely nothing can prepare you for Grand Canyon! I walked back and forth between Mather and Yavapai points, searcing for a good composition. A light rain in the air blurred out some of the canyon as the storm over north rim faded away. I got a few ok shots, but the conditions were difficult. However, as sunset closed in, a crack in the skies allowed for some direct sunlight in the canyon and a rainbow appeared for a few minutes in the tail-end of the storm. My position wasn’t ideal but I kept running back and forth and photographed frantically. When I came back to the hotel I had over 100 shots, which is very much for me in a little over an hour. When I later started to process them I was somewhat disappointed as most of them were grey and dull, and they have been hidden on one of my harddrives until now. I sat down and started to process a few of them the other day, and managed to bring forward some of the magic I felt that late june afternoon last year. This is a composite of several shots, to compensate for the difficult light-conditions and bring forwards the details in my experience. I am now working on several other exposures from this session, some of them with a far better rainbow, and I will see what I can make out of it. Hope you like it, have a terrific evening!
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This particular day I was driving towards the Vermilion Cliffs and when I reached Wahweap Bay near Page, “hell broke loose”. The red on the clouds is a common effect in this particular area, as the strong sun-rays reflect up the red cast from the rocks below. Winds of 50+miles/hour, a huge storm came out of nowhere. I stopped the car on the side of the road and only had a chance for a few handheld shots, then it poured down and I had to retrieve to the car… this moment lasted a few seconds, then it was gone! Thank you all for stopping by!
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