Even the seasoned photographers believe that the splendor of Grand Canyon is difficult to contain in one photo.
Adam Schallau, an award-winning photographer and former resident artist of the Grand Canyon National Park, has been wandering the prominent park for decades in his endeavor to capture the canyon’s splendor in still images.
During one of his visits to the park in one stormy day of May, he was treated to a visual luxury. He got to see the light dramatically and theatrically streaming through the clouds. The event roused in his interest and led him to apply as one of the park’s resident artists in 2009. From then on, Schallau’s fascination with taking photos of the Grand Canyon has only heightened.
In his pursuit of getting the best images of the park, he rafted the Colorado River and hiked the trails and traversed the narrow valleys of the canyon’s rims. He even moved to Arizona where the national park is located.
At present, he conducts workshops to photography enthusiasts and members of the tribes who live near the border of the canyon.
Schallau shares the following tips for taking jaw-dropping photos of the iconic Grand Canyon.
Use a tripod
According to Schallau, the best lights occur when the sun rises and sets over the Canyon, which requires long exposure to get the finest results. Using a tripod stabilizes your camera when doing long exposures. Schallau shares that thunderstorms make for amazing photos, but it is best to prioritize safety when doing this kind of shoot.
Incorporate a foreground
Schallau recommends including a foreground to frame the Grand Canyon to make viewers feel like they are part of the photo. He personally uses trees to outline the canyon in his photos.
A trip on the Colorado River allows for a chance to hike slot canyons and various waterfalls. Schallau’s tip when doing this river trip is to get close to the subject and use a wide-angle lens to capture the lines and symmetry.
Expect weather changes
Some of the most dramatic lightings appear during the shifting of storms and clouds. The moment lasts for only a couple of minutes, and it entails being in the right place at the right time, so always be prepared.