I lost. Lets just start with that… in the Grand Canyon vs Mineh Ishida battle, I utterly and totally lost. It wasn’t even a battle. The canyon was there, in it’s massive glory unaware of my presence. I was no more than a spec of dust… a mere particle in comparison to the grand size and glory of the canyon… yep… Mineh: 0 – Grand Canyon: 1.
I’ve wanted to visit the Grand Canyon for as long as I can remember. As a photographer, I marveled at the idea of seeing the result of millions of years of nature running it’s course. I thought I could see it in one day.
Yeah… and an ant has a chance of exploring an entire football field in a day.
Anyway, my good friend Alex and I drove up to the canyon and decided that we only really had time to go to one spot and spend time setting up for sunset. We decided we’d go to Yaki point with the hopes of capturing a beautiful sunset photo.
Sadly, the weather gods were against us, and cloud cover moved in, but before that happened, we managed to get some shooting in. The upside to the bad weather was the rainbow that settled over the canyon for a while. Maybe the weather gods aren’t so bad after all! Yaki Point is magnificent. If you have only one day to see the canyon, I highly recommend going to this vista. You can see the Colorado River bend and twist, and the view is stunning.
Photographing the Grand Canyon is terrifying. In order to get the shots I wanted I ended up precariously perched at the very edge of the canyon. It’s over a mile deep! 6000 ft! 1800 meters! Imagine being about 6 inches from the edge of that with heavy camera gear… It’s utterly terrifying. Anyone who knows me also knows that I’ll do anything for the shot… so there I was… feeling queasy and nervous, but right at the edge of the canyon taking photos.
I failed to understand the scope of the Grand Canyon. I was utterly unprepared for the majesty, beauty and sheer magnitude of it. I now know that I need to come back. I need a week… maybe longer to explore the canyon. I want to go down into it. I want to hike some of it’s expanse. I now know that I don’t have enough time to explore it all.. to take it all in… But I want to know more of it. Next time, it wont be a Grand Canyon vs Mineh Ishida battle. I hope to have the time to get to know the Grand Canyon.
Anyway, here a few photos:
All photographs are copyrighted to Mineh Ishida. All rights reserved. Please contact me if you’d like to use these photographs for any purpose. The featured photo of this post was taken by my good friend Alex.