Since late July, I have led several photography workshops on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and I've made numerous personal trips to both the South Rim and the North Rim of the park. Three of those workshops were my regular group workshop, one was a private workshop for a group of friends, and one was for several members of a camera club.
Over the years, I've come to notice that more people are coming specifically to photograph lightning at the Grand Canyon. I get it; the lightning is extremely exciting to photograph, and the shots can be stunning. I love to photograph the lightning, but what I love most about the monsoon season is the light and atmosphere that often comes with photographing the storms.
I love capturing rain falling into the canyon or clouds below the rim as they tumble across the temples, buttes, and ridges. And I love the way the normally harsh sunlight is scattered by the humidity in the atmosphere, creating a softer palette of light and color. For these reasons, I feel that the monsoon season isn't just about capturing lightning, but rather, it's about photographing the Grand Canyon when the landscape transforms before our very eyes into a breathtaking canvas that stirs the soul and ignites the creative spirit.