QT Luong • Exploring Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the jaw-dropping natural wonders of the world. The journey toward capturing its grandeur can be a complex one. QT Luong picks out the must-see areas and gives you all the secrets

The Grand Canyon is more than a national park, and people from most countries have seen pictures of it. Visited by more than 5 million people per year, it is one of the most photographed landscapes on earth. The immense chasm inspires awe, but also humility for those attempting to capture its grandeur. Components for great landscape photographs abound. You will find varied colors created by the rock strata that encompass more than 2 billion years, or one-third of Earth’s age. You will find deep perspectives created by the receding features of a canyon 277 miles long (the longest in North America) and 18 miles wide. The depth of the canyon, over one mile, means a great variety of vegetation, from aspens to desert plants and perspectives. When you set up your tripod on the rim, you will be walking into a rich tradition that includes most of America’s great landscape photographers. Stephen Trimble’s ‘Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography’ is an excellent survey of their work. Yet, the multilayered character of the Grand Canyon and the variations in light mean ...

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QT Luong is known for being the first to photograph all America’s 59 National Parks – in large format. Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan featured him in The National Parks: America's Best Idea. His photographs are extensively published and have been the subject of four large-format books including Treasured Lands (winner of 6 national book awards), several magazine and newspaper profiles, solo gallery and museum exhibits across the U.S.

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