Another amazing road trip added to the list, this time around the Grand Circle in America's southwest region. This unbelievable 11-night road trip took us around 3 US states, 5 National parks, 2 Navajo tribal parks, numerous national monuments, historic sites, a 1.5 mile roller coaster in Sin City, and Cirque du Soleil's incredible show 'Mystère'!
The 1500-mile round trip from Las Vegas took us to Zion Canyon, Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon south rim, Route 66, semi ghost town Chloride, Hoover dam and Las Vegas.
When photographing such landmarks and humongous monuments, whether natural or man-made, it is very important to give a sense of scale to emphasize the size of your subject. In the first photograph I captured two cars on a dirt road in front of the 'three mittens' in Monument Valley; they look tiny in comparison but really show the impressive size of the place. The second image shows 3 people on the edge of a cliff which gives the viewer an idea of the expanse of the Grand Canyon.
I had seen photos of those locations before but what I found outstanding once I was there in front of both Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon was the gigantic size of these places and sheer walls of those natural sedimentary rocks.
No photographs can capture the sensations one can feel when exposed to the reality of those views, but using strong composition and good timing can help make images that are inspiring.