Sunrise Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

On such weekend evenings after a busy week of sweltering city life my thoughts inevitably drift off to the timeless permanence of the canyon country. Waking up on a frigid April morning to a buzzing phone alarm is all worth it; every such morning is filled with palpable excitement. Bundling up to see the sunrise from Sunrise Point at Bryce Canyon National Park is a treat. One arrives to see people waiting for one thing and one thing only: a single ray of sunshine to illuminate the supernatural hoodoos and monuments of its awe-inspiring amphitheater, imparting that unbelievable bright-orange color to the sandstone, with slight tinges of violet and red.

 

"Sunrise Point"

 

If you are spending one day in the park, it is best to view the sunrise at Sunrise Point and then proceed to Inspiration Point immediately thereafter to catch the best light.

Hoodoos at sunrise, Bryce Canyon

"A Brand New Day"

 

Technique: A telephoto lens such as a 70-200 mm is a necessity for shooting landscapes in Bryce.  The above image of the hoodoos was captured at 120 mm, highlighting the importance of isolating structures in addition to doing wide angle landscape work.

 

All images are ©2011 Alexander Filatov Photography. All rights reserved.

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