Travel Day. Arrive in Flagstaff, Arizona by 6pm for orientation and welcome dinner.
We will begin our adventure with a pre-dawn departure from Flagstaff, Arizona to the South Rim of Grand Canyon. The goal this morning is to Photograph Grand Canyon from Grandview Point and catch the rising sun as it illuminates the canyon walls. We’ll have a short lecture on the nuances of Grand Canyon Photography as we photograph to morning light from Grandview.
We’ll grab a late breakfast and then try our luck at some park wildlife before returning to Grandview Point depending upon our Monsoon Storm conditions.
After lunch today we’ll check in to our lodge for a quick siesta before heading out to Yavapai Point to capture the fading light. Yavapai is a short hike from Grand Canyon Village and boasts one of the most remarkable views on the south rim. We’ll focus on creating excellent images here of the magical sunset that often occurs after daily thunderstorms end.
After a full evening photography session at Yavapai it’s just a short walk to dinner at either the Arizona Room or El Tovar Hotel for an excellent post-photography meal!
We’ll be up before dawn this morning with a quick cup of coffee and a light snack to catch the rising sun over Moran Point. This is one of the most awe inspiring spots on the South Rim of Grand Canyon and we’ll waste no opportunity making sure you create stunning images. After spending the magic morning hours capturing the light we’ll head in for a good breakfast.
We’ll spend some time during the mid-day hours when the light is not so good in the canyon looking for wildlife such as Elk or California Condors along the Rim.
In the later afternoon we have a longer hike planned along the western rim. We will hike along the rim towards Hermit’s Rest – about seven miles in total. We will shoot all along the way but our goal will be to finish at one of the most dramatic views in Grand Canyon for an evening photography session. After that’s off to Grand Canyon Village for dinner. After a great meal we’ll stay after dark and learn about astrophotography and maybe try our hand at star trails.
We’ll spend the morning photographing lesser known spots of Grand Canyon and we’ll have breakfast out on the trail.
After a siesta and instructional lecture on Grand Canyon Photography we’ll have the opportunity to photograph Elk along the south Rim before heading to our evening Photography spot at the Desert View Watchtower to capture the powerful sunset (and hopefully raging Monsoon Storm!) above this iconic park feature as well as the imposing canyon walls known as the Palisades of the Desert and great views of the Colorado River nearly 5000 feet below! While shooting your guide will prepare an excellent sunset dinner in between sessions so that you can stay and shoot! We’ll stay awhile after dark at Desert View to try our hands at some nighttime star photography over Grand Canyon.
We’ll rise early once again to catch the rising sun as it graces the walls of Grand Canyon. This will be our final opportunity capture the wonder of Grand Canyon in the morning light. We’ll do a short stroll along the Hermit’s Rest Trail looking for your favorite vantage point. There are many options here including Pima Point and Hopi Point that can lend to excellent morning compositions. After our morning session we’ll gather for one last late breakfast before our drive to Flagstaff and the conclusion of our trip!
Itinerary Note: Please note that the exact sequence of the itineraries on all photography trips will be based on weather and lighting conditions. The goal on these trips is to make sure we are at the right place at the right time for the perfect light on our subjects.