Follow The Light For More Dramatic Images


Passing thunderstorms along the North Rim of The Grand Canyon have big potential for producing memorable shots. Just pick a spot or two with great vantage points and allow the photos to develop in front of you. Last week I camped along the eastern side of the North Rim and just watched all day long, storms and clouds form and pass.  Watch for the filtered sunlight and how it transforms the landscape below. And I used my zoom lens on a tripod to get in tighter.

A thunderstorm passes through the Grand Canyon at sunset at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

Rays of sunlight light up the desert landscape around Marble Canyon near Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

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View from my campsite in the Kaibab National Forest towards Grand Canyon National Park.

 

A thunderstorm passes through the Grand Canyon at sunset at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

Rays of sunlight light up the desert landscape around Marble Canyon near Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

A rainbow appears during a thunderstorm at The Grand Canyon, Arizona

 

The sun sets on the Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

The Colorado River has carved Marble Canyon just before The Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona

The Colorado River has carved Marble Canyon just before The Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona

 

A thunderstorm passes through Marble Canyon near Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

A thunderstorm passes through Marble Canyon near Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

A thunderstorm passes through the Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

The sun sets behind the pine tree forests of Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

 

The sun sets on the Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

The Colorado River has carved Marble Canyon just before The Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona

 

 

A thunderstorm passes through Marble Canyon near Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

The sun sets on the Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The sun sets on the Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

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21 comments

  1. Most beautiful, I always love the drama in your images, the rainbow pic is my favorite.

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  2. I hope you entered some of these in that contest weather.com was running for weather photos!

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  3. I am amazed by all the green in the third-to-last image! I have never seen that in all the years we lived in AZ. Gorgeous series!

    Lindy

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  4. The 11th image holds my attention. It looks like a movie where the camera is going to zoom in really fast on a person standing at the edge, screaming to the world. It radiates and demands focus.

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  5. Beautiful light in these! And the rainbow. Wow!!

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  6. I just revisited this stunning set. Each image is uniquely beautiful, Michael. You told a story, captured amazing light and even gave us a peek at your set-up. Great post.

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  7. I almost missed this one. The lighting, Wow!! Magnificent shots, like the first and fourth ones especially.

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