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One of the best things to do in summer is road trip, and for landscape photographers, the canyons around Arizona and Utah are one of the best places to visit. Together with my high school friend, we flew from the east coast and started our road trip from Phoenix, Arizona passing by Utah to Wyoming and back to Phoenix in five days. We planned to visit Bryce Canyon, Glenn Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Yellowstone National Park and a scene of the Grand Teton. 

We arrived at Phoenix around 11:30AM, and the weather was hot, but good thing it wasn’t that humid. So we hurried to get our car rental and dropped by a local store to buy some food/water supply. Since it was past noon, we decided to visit the Antelope Canyon on our way back because we want to have as much light coming in as possible and so we went straight to Bryce Canyon. We passed by a scenic view in I-89 North. I was able to do take some photos and did some HDR too. 

Photo taken using Sigma’s 10-20 @ 1/200, ISO200 and f/16 (Sunny f/16) then +2 and -2 EV. Combining these three images, I was able to have an HDR.

Combining these three images, I was able to have an HDR.

Two more hours after the drive we arrived at the Glenn Canyons which was located in the boundary of Utah and Arizona. You can stop by to take photos of the Glen Canyon Dam. Since it’s almost sunset, and dam is against the light, I decided to make three exposures again to have an HDR and have a clear photo of the dam. Below is photo is taken with Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 DC lens


 After the Glen Canyon Dam, we decided to call it a day and just drive straight to Bryce Canyon City, since we have delayed our drive for an hour already. But as we pass by the Glenn Canyon, we couldn’t help ourselves from rerouting since we saw another scenic view of the Lone Rock in Glenn Canyon. Photo below was taken with Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 lens using tripod and a graduated ND Filter (3 stops).  With 1/500 @ f/5.6 and ISO100. 


At the same location, you can a scenic view of the Glenn Canyons can be seen. This was again captured in 3 different exposures starting at 1/500 @ f/16 and ISO400 using Sigma’s 70-200 f/2.8 lens


This concludes our day one of the Canyon Road Trip. We arrived in Bryce Canyon City around 10:00PM, so just had enough time to rest, since we need to start next day early. More photos can be seen at

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