In the following series of images of Bryce Canyon, you’ll see that over a very few minutes as the sun sets, the sky changes colors and darkens significantly, and that influences the canyon’s relative tonality. As I explained to my son (featured in one of these pictures and lit with fill flash), “In a few minutes the sky’s overall tonality will match the land’s, and that’s going to be THE moment.”
We waited a bit, and the sky got darker, but did not turn red as I expected. I decided we should call it a day and go to dinner. Besides, I was getting cold.
From the lodge, about two minutes later, John pointed to the clouds, which had turned a glowing red. I don’t know how the canyon looked, because there was now a forest and a bunch of cabins between us and the rim, but I know I missed the opportunity despite expecting it to happen.
Just two days before, we chatted with a Park Ranger at Natural Bridges National Monument, who told us that the professional photographer who worked the park reminded him of a fisherman: he waited as long as necessary, then acted quickly when the conditions were right. Landscape photography requires either excellent planning or exquisite patience, and that is why you don’t see much of it on this page.