Bryce Canyon Landscape Photography: A Work of Art

Written by Robert Lowdon

Robert Lowdon is an internationally published commercial photographer based out of Toronto, Canada. He spends his time photographing architecture and industrial projects for the most part.

Published November 28, 2018

The sun sets across Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park

is probably one of the most amazing places you could ever see. Located in Southern Utah, the canyon is a sea of colors. This landscape photograph captures the amazing beauty of the region.

Some places in this world change you as a human being. They change your outlook on the world as it is, the purpose of this whole thing we call life. Bryce Canyon is one of those places. It stuns you with beauty of the natural environment. It moves you. It makes you a better landscape photographer.


Stars become visible over bryce canyon © robert lowdon

Stars become visible over Bryce Canyon © Robert Lowdon

As a photographer, I am really only searching for one image a lot of the times. Something that I feel shows my own unique take on the subject, the land, the sky, the rocks. That image for me is the first image at the top of the page.

In the photograph of Bryce Canyon directly above you can see the canyon at night. This was an exposure that lasted minutes but gives a unique view of the canyon that is not always seen as readily.

I strive to be different in my photographic work, and carry a different perspective into my images. Sometimes, it is not always understood by everyone, but that is just fine with me. In the photos below I am going to share some of my favorites from the park.


The sun washes across bryce canyon causing deep shadows. © robert lowdon

The sun washes across Bryce Canyon causing deep shadows. © Robert Lowdon

I don’t talk enough about the shear amount of effort that goes in to my work. The time planning, financing the trip and more culminating into a split second. Conversely, this series had to be taken in only day.

You see the day before I was in Kings Canyon National park. Some people might think wow a day of work that doesn’t sound too bad. Well, the thing is these trips take a year to plan. I have to research all the locations, plan the travel etc. A lot of it is constantly studying other photographers work, and seeing what I would do differently. I research, plan and execute.

The pressure is a lot, I have one day to pull this off that’s it. Then you add driving all night, sleeping in a tent, scouting all day and being in place for one shot at sunset that might not even work out. Then you are running to another location as fast as possible. You wrap it up at dark, and move on to the next place. Wake up for 3 am.


The unique rock formations of bryce canyon. © robert lowdon

The unique rock formations of Bryce Canyon. © Robert Lowdon

Thing is, is that photography is hard, but it can be fun and rewarding. It is a challenging profession. Everything is though, hard work is hard work. I love it most days. Who else could say that this is their office?


A view down the cliff. © robert lowdon

A view down the cliff. © Robert Lowdon

After sunset the rocks really start to glow with a pink, orange color that makes them so distinctive. The Utah landscape is like that. The state is so colorful in the southern half, that there just is anything like it anywhere else in the world.


After sunset in bryce canyon national park. © robert lowdon

After sunset in Bryce Canyon National Park. © Robert Lowdon

I really wanted to capture the size of the canyon in some of the photographs of Bryce Canyon. It was easier to do a tight shot, but I didn’t really show how freaking big the thing is. It is funny, I think a lot of my work is really just about make things look big. I want the image to almost hit the viewer in some degree, maybe a little confrontational.


Hikers travel deep into bryce canyon © robert lowdon

Hikers travel deep into Bryce Canyon © Robert Lowdon

During the day, I took a bit of a hike down through the rock to the bottom of Bryce Canyon. Getting down was really easy, getting back up with 50 pounds of gear on my back not so much. Of course, this was nowhere near as tough as Carlsbad Caverns.


Two hikers walk through a narrowing cavern in bryce canyon national park. © robert lowdon

Two hikers walk through a narrowing cavern in Bryce Canyon National Park. © Robert Lowdon

At Bryce, you just seem so much closer to the rock formations compared to other parks. This probably because they are right over your head at certain points.


Later in the evening as the stars become visible over bryce canyon. © robert lowdon

Later in the evening as the stars become visible over Bryce Canyon. © Robert Lowdon

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